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Out of 51 United Kingdom cities and towns listed in an air quality database, 44 - including Portsmouth - fail the WHO's test for fine sooty particles smaller than 2.5 microns across that have been linked to heart disease and premature death.

London and Leeds both had 15 micrograms of the particles in every cubic metre of air.

Cardiff and Birmingham had 14 micrograms, and Manchester had 13.

"The Government is spectacularly failing to get a grip on air pollution" says Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party "It is not surprising that 44 of 51 United Kingdom cities have air so dirty it breaks health limits".

Fine pollutants measuring 2.5 microns or less are emitted in all the three cases.

Air pollution is estimated to cause 40,000 premature deaths in the United Kingdom, costing the country £22.6 billion.

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Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves at a conference said, "By working to deliver universal access to cleaner cooking fuels, India is taking a significant step towards addressing air quality issues and improving health, while continuing to serve as an example... that cooking no longer kills".

Glasgow nicknamed "The Dear Green Place" is the only Scottish city to fail the air quality test with 16 micrograms of annual PM2.5s.

However, they said the World Health Organization limits represented a "safer threshold".

Diesel-powered vehicles, which generate pollution particles, were one of the "key drivers" of poor air quality, Dr Hillman said.


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