Britain could be blanketed with thick fog worse than Beijing if carbon emissions are not slashed, scientists have warned.
The thick smog that has come to symbolise Asia’s rampant air pollution could come to the UK if carbon emissions are not slashed, scientists have warned.
A rapid rise in air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels, oil, gas and coal poses a major health risk and claims up to 1.3 million lives a year globally, according to the World Health Organisation.
But scientists have warned that with government negotiations to limit our carbon output stalling, emissions could continue to grow at their current pace.
A team of researchers in Italy and Germany say that if this “business as usual” approach continues, by 2050 the UK will have the same levels of thick air pollution as Asia has today.