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Four in 10 UK councils exceed air pollution limits, figures show 

Ministers reveal 169 local authorities breached annual legal limits on nitrogen oxide, linked to lung disease, last year Four in 10 of Britain’s local authorities breached legal air quality limits last year, largely due to heavy road traffic, government records … Continue reading

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Councils failing to monitor most British schools for dangerous air pollution 

Councils are failing to monitor most schools in Britain for dangerous air pollution despite government advice, freedom of information requests have revealed. All Britain’s 433 local councils were asked by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) whether they placed pollution monitors … Continue reading

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Air pollution could be to blame for hundreds of traffic accidents, warn researchers 

Air pollution could be responsible for hundreds of car accidents a year, according to the London School of  Economics. A study looking a five years of data showed that when levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) rise just one microgramme per … Continue reading

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Grimsby has the worst air pollution in Britain today

Grimsby has officially among the worst air pollution possible today. A combination of yesterday’s sweltering heat and easterly winds have produced the worst air quality in the country, as shown on this map. According to the Department for Environment, Food … Continue reading

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Air pollution kills hundreds in Birmingham and it’s not being cut fast enough 

Quitting the EU could make our air pollution problem even worse, it’s been claimed Attempts to clean up Birmingham’s filthy air are failing. And the problem could get even worse once the UK leaves the European Union. That’s the claim … Continue reading

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UK coal power station in breach of EU air pollution law 

ENDS report: Defra and the Welsh government are likely to have to pay European commission’s legal costs for breaching air pollution rules at Aberthaw power station The UK breached EU law by allowing a coal-fired power station to emit too … Continue reading

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UK accused of trying to undermine EU air pollution targets 

Leaked papers reveal that Tory MEPs were told to support a ‘get-out clause’ in proposed new Europe-wide laws The British government has been accused of trying to secretly undermine new EU air pollution targets in favour of big business, as … Continue reading

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UK government accused of pursuing ‘gimmicks’ to tackle air pollution 

Green lawyers criticise government after it emerged experts were commissioned to explore whether high-tech paint could reduce NO2 levels Lawyers have accused the government of pursuing gimmicks to tackle illegal air pollution, after it emerged experts were asked to examine … Continue reading

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