13 Dec '11, 6am

UK uses EU 'loophole' to delay tackling air pollution in London - news - The Ecologist

UK uses EU 'loophole' to delay tackling air pollution in London - news - The Ecologist

The UK government is making a 'mockery' of efforts to reduce air pollution in London and other cities, say campaigners, at the beginning of what may be a long legal battle. In a landmark case, lawyers from ClientEarth will argue in the High Court today that the UK is failing to meet EU targets to reduce levels of the dangerous air pollutant, Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), in UK cities. Exposure to NO2 and other air pollutants is being linked to an increasing amount of health problems in cities, including reduced lung capacity in children in London and asthma and other respiratory problems. The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) estimated that 29,000 premature deaths in the UK in 2008 were attributable to air pollution, as well as making a smaller contribution to more than 200,000 early deaths. Under EU air quality rules, the UK was meant to meet reduction...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1161214/uk...

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