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The big smoke: London's pollution levels are already above the annual limit

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Isabelle Aron
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London gets a bad rep for being a smog-filled, overly polluted city - but is it really that bad? Er, yes, actually. Just eight days into the year, parts of London have already breached the annual limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which are set by the EU. Putney High Street clocked in over the limit this morning, and its estimated that Chelsea and Kensington will do the same later today. The smog-fest that is Oxford Street is also thought to have broken the limit, although the monitoring station has conveniently malfunctioned - but considering it breached the annual limit just four days into 2015 and the hourly level a thousand times last year, we're guessing it's a pretty safe bet. So if you were thinking of getting out for a walk in the fresh air this weekend, you'd probably do more for your health by staying firmly inside and watching Netflix. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

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