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Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

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Pollution haze over London seen from the Shard. Mayor Sadiq Khan described the new air pollution findings as ‘sickening’. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Every area of the capital breaches global standards for PM2.5 pollution particles, with most areas exceeding levels by at least 50%

October 4, 2017 — The scale of London’s air pollution crisis was laid bare on Wednesday, with new figures showing that every person in the capital is breathing air that exceeds global guidelines for one of the most dangerous toxic particles. Continue reading Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

Air pollution: Sadiq Khan calls for ban on wood-burning stoves

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In January, domestic wood burning contributed half the toxic emissions in some areas of the capital, according to research. Photograph: Rolf Bruderer/Getty Images/Blend Images

London mayor cites figures showing that the home stoves, used in 16% of households, produce up to a third of all the capital’s fine-particle pollution

September 29, 2017 — Wood-burning stoves could be banned in some areas to combat air pollution under proposals by the London mayor, Sadiq Khan. Continue reading Air pollution: Sadiq Khan calls for ban on wood-burning stoves

Poorest London children face health risks from toxic air, poverty and obesity

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The report found 85% of schools most affected by air pollution teach students from deprived neighbourhoods. Photograph: Elizabeth Dalziel/Greenpeace

Schools in capital worst affected by air pollution are in most socially deprived areas with high levels of obesity, finds study

September 19, 2017 — Tens of thousands of the poorest children in London are facing a cocktail of health risks including air pollution, obesity and poverty that will leave them with lifelong health problems, according to a new report. Continue reading Poorest London children face health risks from toxic air, poverty and obesity

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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The decision was hailed as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine’s dominance of motor transport after more than a century. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health

July 25, 2017 — As part of a government strategy to improve air quality, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. Continue reading Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

London mayor issues emergency air quality alert amid heatwave

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High levels of pollution are forecast for London along with large parts of England and Wales. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy

Rising temperatures and southerly winds expected to bring toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday

June 20, 2017 — The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has triggered the capital’s emergency air quality alert as soaring temperatures combined with southerly winds are expected to bring dangerously toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday. Continue reading London mayor issues emergency air quality alert amid heatwave