So less than a week into 2017 and not surprisingly London has breached its annual legal limit for air pollution. Whilst I am intrigued by 'Wair', the new air filtering scarf announced at CES 2016, this type of invention is not going to be enough to prevent significant damage to people's health. It seems London Mayor Sadiq Khan's plans to address the air pollution issue in London can't come soon enough and similar ideas are also going to be needed in most other cities.
The proposed Clean Air Zones sound like a step in the right direction but will they really address the problem? Is there a risk that they simply move the areas of high pollution rather than actually reducing overall air pollution levels? I suspect that not everyone will responded positively to the Government consultation on Clean Air Zones which closed on 9 December 2016. We await the results with baited (and possibly somewhat polluted) breath!
London has been handed another "shameful reminder" of its toxic air pollution levels as the capital breaches the annual legal limit within five days of 2017. Environmental groups are calling for strengthened Government action to meet legal limits in London and the rest of the country Brixton Road in Lambeth exceeded the European Union (EU) regulation which stipulates that sites are only allowed to breach hourly limits of NO2 18 times in a year. Brixton Road broke that limit for the 19th time last night (5 January), and other locations including Putney High Street and Brompton Broad in Knightsbridge are expected to shortly follow suit