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London takes just one week to breach annual air pollution limits
theguardian.com
Friday 8th January 2016

London has already breached annual pollution limits just one week into 2016, and only weeks after the government published its plans to clean up the UK’s air.

At 7am on Friday, Putney High Street in West London breached annual limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas produced by diesel vehicles that has been linked to respiratory and heart problems.

Under EU rules, sites are only allowed to breach hourly limits of 200 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre of air 18 times in a year, but this morning Putney broke that limit for the 19th time. Chelsea and Kensington is expected to do the same later today.

Oxford Street has almost certainly also broken the limit already, having breached the hourly level a thousand times last year, but the monitoring station has malfunctioned.

Campaigners said it was “breathtaking” the breach had come so early, though Oxford Street breached the annual limit in two days in 2015.

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Campaigners said it was “breathtaking” the breach had come so early
That's got to be a pun surely ?
 

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You really can feel it cycling in London. A certain vehicle goes past and you're suddenly finding it harder to breathe. Some days also seem to have really bad base level pollution for your whole trip.
 

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I happened to be walking along Putney Bridge a few weeks back and I felt a sense of nausea, that I never felt before. The latest news comes as no surprise.
 

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Interestingly West London became popular as a way to escape the pollution downstream in the East, West London is now polluting itself!
 

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Air pollution: UK environment ministers face court action within weeks
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13th January 2016

UK environment ministers will be taken to court within weeks to make them speed up plans to reduce dangerous urban air pollution.

Law firm ClientEarth, which last year forced the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to come up with fresh plans to tackle illegal NO2 levels in British cities, warned that it would seek urgent court action because thousands of people’s lives were at risk if present government plans were not strengthened.

Under new plans revealed before Christmas, Defra promised clean air zones for five cities by 2020 in addition to one already planned for London. But it will still take at least five years to clean up pollution in many cities, including Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

“The government seem to think that the health of people in cities like Glasgow, Manchester and Bristol is less important than that of people in London. While London gets a clean air zone covering all vehicles, Birmingham gets a second-class zone and Derby and Southampton third-class, while other areas including Manchester and Liverpool are left out. We all have the same right to breathe clean air,” said Alan Andrews of ClientEarth.
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'Extend congestion charge as far as North and South Circular roads to halt pollution'

The congestion charging zone should be extended out as far as the North and South circular roads by 2019 to tackle London’s growing air pollution problem, a major study said today.

Transport for London should look at expanding the zone, which costs £11.50 a day to enter, to merge it with the wider low emissions zones currently in place.

The major report from independent think tank IPPR said the scheme could be one of the best ways of simultaneously tackling air pollution and congestion as well as raising funds to reinvest in public transport, cycling and walking.

It warned that without new policies to manage increased congestion, there will be an estimated 43 per cent increase in miles driven between 2013 and 2030, making emissions even worse.

The death toll in London from air pollution is more than 9,000-a-year and experts are particularly worried about the impact on the health of children. The economic cost is put at £3.7 billion.
A separate campaign for London to become the world’s first National Park City received a boost when the report said the move could encourage conservation and better green space and biodiversity.
 

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It should also be 7 days a week - the weekends are just as busy as the weekday and London doesn't stop working on a Saturday/Sunday. I'd also double the CC.
 

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It should also be 7 days a week - the weekends are just as busy as the weekday and London doesn't stop working on a Saturday/Sunday. I'd also double the CC.
Sian Berry made the interesting point that apparently bus fares have risen faster than that of the Congestion Charge. :nuts:
 

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London set for 'clean energy revolution' as Sadiq Khan wins mayoral election

6 May 2016

Labour's London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan - the contender proposing to become the "greenest Mayor ever" - is poised to be swept into City Hall after defeating the Conservative Party's Zac Goldsmith by a clear majority.

Boris Johnson’s successor Khan has previously outlined his ambition to ignite a “clean energy revolution” in the capital, with the ultimate aim of running London on 100% green energy by 2050.

This bold statement will now be tested during Khan's tenure along with his list of green manifesto pledges including banning fracking in London, planting two millions trees, providing more electric buses, and expanding the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) - as well as attempts to divest the London Pension Fund Authority of its remaining investments in fossil fuel industries.

Read more: http://www.edie.net/news/11/Sadiq-Khan-wins-London-Mayor-election-2016-City-Hall-green-energy/


 

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I would like to see more regular large-scale car free days in London

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36243119

Paris Champs Elysees: Crowds flock to car-free thoroughfare

Thousands of people have taken advantage of a move by the authorities in Paris to close the famous Champs Elysees thoroughfare to traffic.

Enthusiastic crowds strolled among the shops and cafes of the eight-lane avenue, which is normally choked with cars, trucks and motorbikes.

The car-free day is being repeated on the first Sunday of each month.
It is the brainchild of Mayor Anne Hidalgo and is designed to lower excessively high air pollution.

The first of the monthly pedestrian-only days was declared a convincing success by tourists and residents of the city who were able to enjoy the 2km long (1.2-mile) avenue leading to the Arc de Triomphe.
 

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On the contary if we close down London for a day for the London - Surrey cycle race then we should close down bike lines and have a top gear drag event like down The Mall for instance. Just a thought.
 

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/16/boris-johnson-accused-of-burying-study-linking-pollution-and-deprived-schools

Boris Johnson accused of burying study linking pollution and deprived schools
Unpublished report found four-fifths of the 433 London primary schools in areas breaching EU limits for NO2 were deprived
Boris belongs in prison. He's basically sold London to the lobbyists. He's sold Londoners' land, their houses and their health because he's in the pocket of corporate lobbyists, and he tried to hide the evidence.
 

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"Spin"drift up to his tricks again. The article doesn't say Boris "tried to hide the evidence". All you have is a quote from Sadiq Kahn's bloody press officer calling it a "cover up". You do realise press officers are professional spin doctors, don't you?

It's a completely meaningless study that spuriously tries to link pollution with deprived schooling.

It's obvious that the effect is accounted for entirely by the fact that house prices are lower therefore schools are worse near big motorways and road networks.

How exactly would publishing the study have made any difference to anyone anywhere?
 

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Sadiq Khan unveils plans for extra charge on London's most polluting cars

Mayor to target older, dirtier vehicles with £10 charge from 2017 as part of proposals to tackle the capital’s ‘toxic’ air

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Older, dirtier cars will have to pay a £10 pollution charge to drive in central London, according to plans set out by Sadiq Khan on Tuesday.

The charge, on top of the existing £11.50 congestion charge, would apply from 2017 to cars first sold before 2005. The mayor of London’s proposals to tackle the capital’s “toxic” air also include a big expansion of a planned Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and a faster roll-out of cleaner buses.

Cities are growing around the world and air pollution is rising, but some are taking action. In Paris, polluting cars are now banned on weekdays.

“With nearly 10,000 people dying early every year in London due to exposure to air pollution, cleaning up London’s toxic air is now an issue of life and death,” said Khan. “It is the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act of 1956, which was passed following the great London smogs of the 1950s. Today we face another pollution public health emergency in London and now it’s our turn to act.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/05/sadiq-khan-unveils-plans-for-extra-charge-on-londons-most-polluting-cars


 
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