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Landmark inquest adds traffic pollution to cause of death

11 January 2021
 

The pressure on local authorities to cut traffic-related air pollution looks likely to grow after a coroner’s decision to list “excessive air pollution” as a contribution to a person’s death for the first time.

Nine-year-old Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah, a resident of south London, died in 2013 following an asthma attack. Her family lived 25 metres from the busy South Circular Road.

Following a hearing at the Inner South London Coroner’s Court, assistant coroner Philip...

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