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Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

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One in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run, government figures show. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian

Government urged to take steps to reduce the impact of toxic air on vulnerable children

May 21, 2018 — Clean-air campaigners have written to the government calling for a ban on parents driving their children to school in an attempt to cut down on toxic levels of air pollution. Continue reading Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

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

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

Number of ‘pollution incidents’ rises for first time in five years

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The Environment Agency picked out South West Water as having the highest number of sewage spills and needing to make improvements to environmental performance. Photograph: David TW Gee/Alamy

A study by the Environment Agency found that number of pollution incidents rose by 160 to 1,902 in 2016

July 12, 2017 — The number of “pollution incidents” such as sewage spills reported by UK water companies has risen for the first time in five years, according to a new report. Continue reading Number of ‘pollution incidents’ rises for first time in five years