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Policy Brief – Air pollution impacts Derby

New research has estimated how the air pollution levels recorded in Derby impact on health in the city. The study estimates how current levels of pollution increase hospital admission rates, the risks of developing cancer, and worsen child health in the city.

This study estimates how current levels of air pollution increase hospital admission rates, the risks of developing cancer, and worsen child health in Derby.

The research suggests that each year in Derby, higher air pollution days (compared
to low pollution days) are linked to:

  • a 1.8% increase in the risk of having an out of hospital cardiac arrest;
  • an extra 5 children being hospitalised with asthma; and
  • sending up to 13 more people to hospital for stroke.

If air pollution in Derby was cut by just one-fifth, every year we would see:

  • 179 fewer children suffering with low lung function;
  • 3 fewer babies being born underweight; and
  • fewer children suffering with a chest infection and 85 fewer asthmatic children suffering with bronchitic symptoms (cough and phlegm).

Read the full policy brief: How Derby’s air pollution impacts our health and puts a strain on the NHS.