It only took a week for London motorists to push air pollution limits over the 2016 legal limit. European Union rules require the limit be exceeded for no more than 18 hours a year, reported the Independent.
Two areas - Putney High Street and Knightsbridge - went over the limit in seven days. Last year, Oxford Street passed the limit in just two days.
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"We've seen pollution limits broken repeatedly in areas such as Oxford Street and Putney High Street over recent years," Dr. Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, told the Independent.
"Given that so little has been done to address the crisis, it is no surprise that London has already reached its air pollution limits."
Policy Exchange, a a U.K. think tank, reported that in 12.5 percent of the city, NO2 emissions rival those in Beijing and Shanghai.
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An estimated 60,000 people in the U.K. die each year from air pollution, according to the UK's Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants. A King's College study reported that 9,400 people died from air pollution in London alone in 2010.
Five other areas passed the limits by the first month of last year, reported Global Post.