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London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

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Air pollution monitoring equipment on Marylebone Road. London has 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Sadiq Khan says capital will not be included in the chancellor’s £220m clean air fund despite having 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales

November 23, 2017 — London cannot bid for a £220m clean air fund announced in the budget – despite being home to 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales, Sadiq Khan revealed on Thursday. Continue reading London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

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

Sadiq Khan triggers alert for high air pollution in London

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London’s pollution alert has been issued seven times in the last 13 months. Photograph: Harriet Tyce/GuardianWitness

Capital is given emergency warning as polluted air from the continent combines with toxic air at home

September 27, 2017 — The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has triggered the capital’s emergency air quality alert as polluted air from the continent combines with toxic air in London to create dangerous levels of pollution. Continue reading Sadiq Khan triggers alert for high air pollution in London

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

UK heatwave triggers air pollution alert as people flock to beaches

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Sunbathers pack the beach at Barry Island, south Wales, on Monday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Teenager and woman drown in separate incidents as sweltering heat forces Royal Ascot to consider relaxing dress code

June 20, 2017 — The heatwave that has brought the longest spell of high June temperatures for two decades has also triggered an air pollution alert in London, with southerly winds due to bring toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday. Continue reading UK heatwave triggers air pollution alert as people flock to beaches

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

Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers

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Vehicles on the Marylebone Road in London. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Authors of Can Clean Air Make You Happy? say exposure to nitrogen dioxide can be as damaging as ‘big-hitting’ life events

April 17, 2017 — The effect on well being of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests. Continue reading Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers

Travel and pollution warnings as UK’s cold, foggy weather continues

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People cross the Millennium Bridge in London near St Paul’s while freezing fog covered the capital on Monday. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Motorists told to take extra care, flights are disrupted across south and air quality plunges in cities from London to Belfast

January 26, 2017 — The ongoing cold, still weather is expected to send pollution levels soaring in London as freezing fog brings more disruption at airports and on the roads across the south of England. Continue reading Travel and pollution warnings as UK’s cold, foggy weather continues

The UK’s deadly air pollution can be cured

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Pollution in January 2017 over south east London, as seen from the Shard. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Tens of thousands of people die every year from breathing polluted air. The cost of doing nothing far outweighs the price of solving the problem

January 26, 2017 — Pollution levels in the UK are soaring. Last year, a committee of MPs in the UK described the state of the air that we breathe as a public health emergency. Continue reading The UK’s deadly air pollution can be cured