28 Jul '11, 12pm

Air pollution may be ‘health timebomb’ for London’s deprived children

Air pollution may be ‘health timebomb’ for London’s deprived children

News that London has been given another six-years to bring its air quality up to the EU’s minimum level is both unsurprising and depressing. Campaigners, quite rightly, ask how a city that was already failing to reduce levels of air pollution could be allowed to scrap a congestion charge zone and delay a low emissions scheme and still convince EU health officials it was serious about tackling the problem and should be allowed a delay. Not that government officials were willing to admit this - it was only a freedom of information request that forced an admission of the time extension. It’s not a sorry saga that can be dismissed as a minor political story either. According to a report commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) , 4,267 premature deaths in 2008 were attributed to long-term exposure to air pollution. With emerging evidence from the US and UK showing air...

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