Latest Issue

The government must tackle air pollution

16 UK cities are currently breaking EU limits

By Tom Follett  

Pollution over London, seen from Greenwich ©Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA Images

Churchill is said to have once quipped “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Policymakers faced with tackling Britain’s noxious air would do well to bear his maxim in mind. Air pollution is an issue currently at the forefront of public concern. Two common pollutants, NOx and PM2.5, cause the equivalent of 40,000 deaths per year. Alerts about London pollution levels regularly appear on the front pages of the newspapers, with the London Evening Standard recently reporting warnings that Londoners…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect