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Manchester revealed to be equally as toxic as Central London

Added on: 28th September, 2018 by Glen_48132

Manchester revealed to be equally as toxic as Central London

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Fri, 28 September 2018

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A new study has revealed that Manchester is one of the most toxic cities in the UK, with one of the highest average daily traffic flows, high carbon emission rates and a higher number of landfill sites compared to other UK cities.

The study, conducted by Good Move, analysed carbon emissions, active power stations, sewage treatment plants, electrical substations, pollution levels, registered landfill sites, annual average daily flow of traffic and recycling levels across 10 of the most populous cities in the UK.

Manchester has been found to have more landfill sites than other cities across the UK, with a total of five throughout the city, beaten only by Bristol which has six landfill sites.

As well as a high number of landfill sites, Manchester also has a high rate of carbon emissions, with 2,175 kt released into the atmosphere in 2016, compared to Nottinghamís 1,222 kt.

The study reveals that Manchester is equally as toxic as Central London, which has the highest rate of carbon emissions and a high number of electrical substations. The World Health Organisation set a target PM2.5 pollution level of 10 ug/m3 per year. Manchester meets this target with 10 ug/m3 of harmful particles found in the air in 2018, compared to Londonís 12 ug/m3.

Itís not all bad news for Manchester, as the city has one of the highest recycling rates, with 36% of waste recycled in 2017 and also has zero sewage treatment plants, compared to Leeds who have five treatment plants.

To analyse how toxic our cities really are, Good Move created Is Your House Killing You?, which demonstrates how everyday objects around our homes and even the city we live in can have a dangerous effect on our health and wellbeing.

The full top 10 cities in order of most toxic to least toxic can be viewed below:

London / Manchester
Nottingham / Liverpool

To view the full data set, please visit:

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