A ground-breaking new study has revealed that the area around Bluewater and Darent Valley Hospital could have the most polluted air in Britain.
Using satellites and artificial intelligence, researchers now claim to be able to look at air pollution across England, Scotland, and Wales in never-before-seen detail.
The new technology is so good that scientists can record levels of pollution in each individual square kilometre of the country.
The square kilometre with the worst air quality in the most recent year in the data, 2018, was spotted beside a motorway north of the small Kent village of Bean and is in the area of the Bluewater and Darent Valley Hospital.
Worryingly, the Kent location was recorded as having 23 micrograms of pollutants per cubic metre of air throughout the year – more than double the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recommended guideline of just 10.
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