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What the papers say - THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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Air pollution is shortening Britons' lives by six months according to a draft European Commission report published this week. The study claims 32,000 people a year die from contaminated air.

A total of 310,000 people die every year across Europe. The study says 90% of deaths are due to heart failure induced by particulates emitted by traffic, industry and domestic heating.

Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire passenger transport executive Metro warned this week that plans for a £355M, 21km tramway through Leeds city centre is being jeopardized by delays in funding approval by government. They claim they will be unable to buy the land for the tramway if delays continue much longer.

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