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The Return of London’s Fog 

IN January, researchers at King’s College London announced that pollution levels on Oxford Street, in central London, had exceeded limits set for the entire year in just the first four days of 2015. Similarly alarming numbers have been recorded for … Continue reading

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Diesel cars: What’s all the fuss about? 

Diesel cars are taking a right hammering at the moment, but how bad is the problem and why isn’t more being done to address it? Diesel cars are taking a right hammering at the moment. Dirty engines spewing out noxious … Continue reading

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Diesel vehicles could be banned from cities to clean up killer air pollution 

All Londoners must play their part in cleaning up the capital’s killer air pollution, former science minister Lord Drayson urged today. He called for a quicker switch to electric cars, vans and buses and for more people to cycle and … Continue reading

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London mayoral elections: Tackling air quality is a priority, but we must go beyond the nanny-state approach in addressing pollution

At their hustings last week the six Labour mayoral hopefuls called on Londoners to change their behaviour to tackle the scourge of air pollution. Dame Tessa Jowell wanted Londoners to give up driving in in their cars. She would pedestrianise … Continue reading

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Flat batteries on ‘Boris bus’ add fuel to criticism of London mayor

Boris Johnson is facing criticism over another of his pet projects after batteries in dozens of the London mayor’s new Routemaster-style hybrid buses malfunctioned. Many of the “Boris buses”, which cost £350,000 each and were intended to halve CO2 emissions, … Continue reading

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MEPs vote for tougher air pollution limits

Governments across the EU could soon face a new round of tough new air pollution targets, after MEPs on the European parliament’s environment committee narrowly voted in favour of fresh round of air quality standards. The committee on Wednesday voted … Continue reading

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Revealed: London’s air pollution ‘is making thousands more people die early each year’

Thousands more Londoners are dying early each year due to toxic air than previously thought, ground-breaking research reveals today. The study by respected academics has the death toll from air pollution in the capital hitting nearly 10,000 a year. For … Continue reading

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Nearly 9,500 people die each year in London because of air pollution – study

Counting impact of toxic gas NO2 for the first time suggests more than twice as many people as previously thought die prematurely from pollution in UK capital Nearly 9,500 people die early each year in London due to long-term exposure … Continue reading

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