Dr. Anna Hansell, Imperial College London interviewed on BBC2 Newsnight on the effects of nitrogen dioxide on the human body

Dr. Anna Hansell, Assistant Director of Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), Imperial College London was interviewed on BBC2 Newsnight on the 17th October 2016.

The interview was part of a news item by David Grossman, Technology Editor, on how to respond to diesel emissions and reduce air pollution, above all in London and air quality monitoring- in particular nitrogen dioxide.

Dr. Anna Hansell's interview shows her explaining the effects that nitrogen dioxide has on the human body: increasing susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and respiratory infection, making you more prone to have an asthma attack if you already suffer from asthma or have sensitive lungs.



The sensitive topic of air pollution legislation is mentioned later in the news item. EU legislation of an annual mean of 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air was in place in 2010 but will not be enforced UK-wide until 2020 and not enforced in central London until 2025.