Morally and legally, the UK government has failed us on air pollution


No less than 17 years have passed since new rules were approved in the UK to save thousands of lives by limiting deadly air pollution in our towns and cities.

Pollution is the “invisible killer” because, for the most part, it goes unseen. Its impact on human health and the planet is why those laws were necessary. Yet disgracefully – and illegally – we are still subjected to excruciatingly dirty air. Conditions are sometimes so poor that you notice it in your nostrils or lungs. Those days, when the air feels thick with fumes, you may be under the impression that it’s just one vehicle with a bad exhaust in front of you which is to blame. It’s generally not.

Pollution is right there with you when you’re puffing as you cycle through the park on a summer’s day, or when you’re chatting with friends on a visit to the shops on a Saturday morning, or when you’re taking your child to school.

Why are you and I are still inhaling unlawful levels of nitrogen dioxide nearly 20 years after it should have been cleaned up?

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