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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…

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