Air pollution causes 1,300 premature deaths a year, report finds

Published date20 September 2022
Publication titleDublinLive (Ireland)
The Environmental Protection Agency have released their annual report on air quality in Ireland, which found that some parts of Ireland do not match the World Health Organisation's guidelines on air pollutants. Traffic was noted as having a detrimental effect on the health of people residing in towns and cities

Pat Byrne, the EPA's programme manager, spoke to RTE about the report's findings and the potential impact the fuel crisis could have on air quality in Ireland. He also asked people to consider changing their energy consumption as a direct response to the report's findings on health.

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He said on Morning Ireland: "We're very conscious that more people will be turning to solid fuel this winter. If people have alternatives, we ask that they burn cleaner fuels. If they can use oil or gas, that's better again. There hasn't been a significant change in people's habits in recent years and we've increased our monitoring stations as a result."

The burning of solid fuel, which releases pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and ozone, is a leading cause of air pollution in Ireland. It can be a contributing factor towards several illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and lung failure. Research suggests a third of deaths associated with these conditions occur...

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