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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

London on pollution ‘high alert’ due to cold air, traffic, and wood burning

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Air pollution and traffic in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, in January 2017. Photograph: Elizabeth Dalziel/Greenpeace

Camden, City of London, and Westminster hit 10 out of 10 on index, while pollution levels across UK also peaked

January 24, 2017 — London has been put on “very high” alert as cold and still weather, traffic, and a peak in the use of wood-burning stoves combined to send air pollution soaring in the capital and across swaths of the UK. Continue reading London on pollution ‘high alert’ due to cold air, traffic, and wood burning

300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF

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A woman walks with her child on a street as schools were closed due to the heavy smog in Jilin, northeast China’s Jilin province on October 22, 2013. Stringer/File/AFP

Nearly one child in 7 around the globe breathes outdoor air that is at least 6 times dirtier than international guidelines

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Oct. 31, 2016) — Some 300 million children live with outdoor air so polluted it can cause serious physical damage, including harming their developing brains, the United Nations said in a study released Monday, October 31.  Continue reading 300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF