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The UK is the worst in Europe for PM2.5 particles, according to a new study.
In fact, the UK ranked sixth, behind the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Germany and Denmark.
The study, published Monday by the European Environment Agency, used data from 2014 to 2015 and found the average particle concentration of the PM2-10 in the UK was 2.2 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3).
This was worse than the EU average of 2.4 µg/cm3.
The report also found that PM2.-10 concentrations in the country’s capital, London, were 5.4 microgram per cubic metre (¶g/mm3) and in the south-west it was 12.3 µg.
The average particle size in the capital was 3.6 µg, the report found.
It is not clear how much of the pollution comes from cars, as air quality is not tracked.
But the UK is also a major contributor to CO2 emissions, which is the most common form of greenhouse gas, and this is one of the main reasons for the ongoing debate over carbon emissions from the transport sector.