from Sunday Herald, 23 February 2003
Living in central Scotland will hasten your death. New evidence shows that breathing in the poisonous clouds of pollution that swirl around our city streets could cost you 100 days of life.
The tiny particles and toxic gases belched out by vehicles and industry cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of respiratory diseases every year, says an expert study for the Scottish Executive. And the plight of hundreds of thousands of asthma-sufferers is made much worse.
Yet, despite a raft of well-intentioned government initiatives aimed at reducing such a terrible toll, the latest figures reveal that air pollution is still on the rise. The levels of most pollutants in most places are increasing.