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Pollution–12,000 at risk

Pollution–12,000 at risk 28 April 2021

Pollution puts 12,000 lives at risk: warning (via Belfast Telegraph)

By Allan Preston

Air pollution could kill 12,000 people across the island of Ireland by 2030, a charity has warned.

The shocking figure was released in a joint statement by the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) and the Irish Heart Foundation.

Both charities have called for urgent action to protect the heart and circulatory health across the island from the most dangerous types of air pollution, particulate matter (PM).

Among the demands are for an island–wide ban on the worst polluting fuels.

BHF has previously funded £5.8m in medical research showing that high levels of air pollution can significantly increase the chances of a fatal heart attack or stroke.

The research showed that PM can remain in the bloodstream for at least three months, causing build–up of fatty materials in the arteries, blood clots and potentially disrupting the normal electrical functioning of the heart.

Fearghal McKinney, the head of BHF NI, said: “Every day, millions of us across the United Kingdom and Ireland are inhaling toxic particles which enter our blood and get stuck in our organs, raising our risk of heart attacks and stroke. Make no mistake — our toxic air is a public health emergency.

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