Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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FIGHTING FOR AIR BBC2, 9PM IT MAY shock you to learn that air pollution is responsible for 50,000 early deaths every year in the UK.

In fact, our air pollution has been declared a public health emergency. But what can be done? In this thought-provoking documentary, Dr Xand Van Tulleken enlists the help of some willing participants to stage the first large-scale experiment of its kind.

He wants to see if they can change the quality of the air we breathe in just one day. Crazy, right? Perhaps not.

Heading to a community in Birmingham, they use various tricks to try to get the job done. But with pollution levels at the cusp of legal limits, the odds are against them.

In an interesting side plot, Xand also tries to rid his body of the effects of pollution and measures his body functions after exposure to a typical city street.

The results are shocking.

MIRIAM'S BIG AMERICAN ADVENTURE BBC1, 9PM MIRIAM MARGOLYES makes no bones about how she feels. …

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