Air Pollution Contributed to Death of Nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, Landmark Ruling Finds

Source: Desmog UK


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Illegal levels of air pollution contributed to the death of a nine-year-old girl, a court found today.

Inner South London Coroner Philip Barlow ruled Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death in February 2013 was caused by a severe asthma attack and acute respiratory failure, exacerbated by air pollution exposure. This is the first time air pollution has been identified as a cause of death in the UK.