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23 September 2014
By Steve Sweeney in Britain:
Plans to ban dirty diesels are ‘too little, too late’
Thursday 27th July 2017
CRITICISM of the government’s “carmageddon” plan poured in from all sides after its announcement yesterday.
Tory ministers fanfared their plan to end sales of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, in a bid to clean up Britain’s health- and climate-threatening filthy air. But politicians and green campaigners slammed it as too little, too late.
Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in Britain and is linked to health problems from childhood illnesses to heart disease and even dementia.
Labour’s shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman said: “With nearly 40 million people living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution, action is needed now, not in 23 years’ time.”
She added that the government had only acted after being hauled through the courts — judges ordered the government to produce new plans to tackle nitrogen dioxide by the end of this month after the courts ruled previous proposals were insufficient to meet EU pollution limits.
Boss of ClientEarth — the environmental law firm that took the government to court to force action on air quality — James Thornton was scathing. “The 2040 diesel and petrol ban, while important, is a diversionary tactic and doesn’t deal with the public health emergency caused by illegally polluted air now,” he said.
Ministers also announced £225 million for councils to deal with pollution from diesel vehicles as part of £3 billion spending on air quality.
This could include “targeted” diesel scrappage schemes, changes to road layouts and “clean air zones” that charge the dirtiest vehicles.
Ms Hayman accused the government of “shunting the problem onto local authorities” and said the plans contained no detail about how the target will be achieved.
While motoring organisations gave the future ban on diesel and petrol a guarded welcome, government and industry’s failure to invest in newer and cleaner technology was apparent.
The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing. As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air. By Laura Beil, 7:00am, September 19, 2017.
USA: EVEN BREATHING IS A RISK IN ONE OF ORLANDO’S POOREST NEIGHBORHOODS Take a look at the devastating effects of air pollution in this historically black Florida community. Here’s what air pollution does to your body and how to protect yourself from its dangers. And mayors of the world’s major cities speak out in a HuffPost series about the dangers of such air pollution, which kills millions a year. [HuffPost]