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Government’s air quality plan branded inadequate by city leaders

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Traffic congestion on the M25 Photograph: robertharding/REX/Shutterstock

Michael Gove’s pledge to ban new petrol and diesel cars in 23 years is not enough to tackle health crisis now, say campaigners

July 26, 2017 — The government’s new clean air plan has been branded inadequate by the leaders of eight heavily polluted cities, as campaigners said banning petrol and diesel cars from 2040 would Continue reading Government’s air quality plan branded inadequate by city leaders

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

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

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