UK Government to tackle air pollution

UK Government to tackle air pollution

Following a recent increase in popularity, domestic burning on stoves and open fires is now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions.

The strategy says the measures it contains will cut the health costs of air pollution by £1.7 billion a year by 2020 and £5.3 billion by 2030. In addition to cars, diesel-only trains will also be phased out by 2040.

Environment secretary Michael Gove has launched a new "world leading plan" to tackle air pollution.

The UK is the first major economy to adopt goals based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, and the United Nations agency praised the strategy as "an example for the rest of the world to follow".

"The impacts to our health from PM2.5 are more subtle and it takes a long time before people get sick from air pollution, so many people and authorities underestimate the deadly threat from PM2.5 to our health", he said.

Mr Pralong said Bangkok recently experienced peak PM2.5 levels of 102 micrograms per cubic metre but the reading yesterday was under 90. Our ambitious strategy includes new targets, new powers for local government and confirms that our forthcoming Environment Bill will include new primary legislation on air quality.

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Our future agriculture policy will involve financial rewards and incentives to help farmers reduce their ammonia emissions. But the Clean Air Strategy sets out a program of work across government, industry and society to reduce emissions coming from a wide range of sources.

A government spokesman said junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered related agencies to inform people of the danger of ultrafine particles after Bangkok's air quality this past weekend again fell to "unhealthy" levels.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration instructed district offices to clean roads every day and spray water in the air to curb dust.

"In particular, it's good to see it includes proposals to improve access to air pollution information, something numerous patients we support ask for".

'No one should have to breathe toxic air, especially not people with a lung condition or children whose lungs are still growing.

"The authorities still do not realise the real dangers of air pollution, as they are very unlike imminent threats to people such as disasters and diseases, which can kill people instantly", Rungsrit said.