Mayor Johnson and current Government must join Labour apology on diesel

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Mayor Johnson and current Government must join Labour apology on diesel Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said: “Clean Air in London welcomes Labour’s admission of previous Government blunders favouring diesel over petrol.  We eagerly await … Continue reading

EAC report on air pollution slams Government and has no plaudits for Mayor

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Best report yet from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on air pollution slams the Government for five years of inaction and adds no credibility to the Mayor’s claims of success in London EAC puts forward a comprehensive and practical package … Continue reading

Mayor publishes health study revealing deaths attributable to NO2

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‘Clean Air in London’ (CAL) estimates 5,061 deaths attributable to dangerous airborne particles (PM2.5) in London in 2020 and 5,159 in 2025.  These compare with the Mayor’s estimate of 4,267 for PM2.5 in 2008.  CAL estimates 2,684 deaths attributable to … Continue reading

First ever rankings of Top 10 death rates for every London borough

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London Health Commission urged to consider separately exposures, health impacts and outcomes.  Prevention is better than cure and protection is not just about treating the unwell Clean Air in London commissioned the Office for National Statistics to rank the top … Continue reading

Stop hiding air pollution and ban diesel exhaust in two stages to 2020 as coal was banned 60 years ago

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Ultra low emission zone: Diesel exhaust is the problem; and banning it is the solution Transport for London is expected to propose the Euro 6 standard for diesel and the Euro 4 standard for petrol for the Central Congestion Charging … Continue reading

Mayor takes more backward steps from his Air Quality Strategy and London Plan

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Consultation on draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on ‘The Control of Dust and Emissions during Construction and Demolition’  Mayor is proposing to entrench weak standards for Non-Road Mobile Machinery at ‘High risk sites’ across most of Greater London from 1 September … Continue reading

Latest national and local death rates for air pollution

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Hillingdon tops ‘National list of shame’ for increase in deaths attributable to air pollution (PM2.5).  Gateshead tops ‘National list of fame’ with the death rate falling by 0.72% to 4.18% Death rate worsened in 15 of 33 boroughs in London … Continue reading

Mayor takes five backward steps from his own London Plan

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Consultation on ‘Air Quality Neutral’ in Sustainable Design and Construction SPG By setting lax standards for developers the Mayor is forcing himself to introduce draconian transport measures to reduce carcinogenic air pollution and comply with limit values Dear Mayor Johnson I … Continue reading

Government treats limit values with contempt by M4 bus lane

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‘Clean Air in London’ (CAL) lodges formal three-part complaint with the European Commission ‘Part one’ of the Complaint is that the Secretary of State for Transport proceeded with the permanent removal of the M4 bus lane despite it causing aggravated, … Continue reading

Defra did cover-up smog warnings and would scrap local monitoring

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Government covered-up three legally-required smog warnings in the fortnight after launching a consultation proposing the scrapping of local monitoring by others In two incidents, the Government: says another monitoring network is ‘separate’; and blames [sudden and] ‘worst case’ instrument malfunction/vandalism/power … Continue reading

Launch of Clean Air in Cities app and Birkett Index

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‘World first’: Launch of Clean Air in Cities IndexTM (or Birkett IndexTM) and App to report the health impact on the population of long-term exposure to air pollution Over 100 MPs responded to a survey for ‘Clean Air in London’ … Continue reading

Landmark legal victory for ClientEarth

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Supreme Court declares UK in breach of nitrogen dioxide legal limits and refers case to the Court of Justice of the European Union Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said: “Congratulations to ClientEarth on its landmark … Continue reading

Effective local action on air pollution in London

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Presentation at Mapping for Change conference ‘Effective local action on air pollution in London’ at University College London on 17 April 2013. Details at: http://www.mappingforchange.org.uk/mapping-for-change-to-host-air-pollution-conference-in-april/ Useful links https://twitter.com/cleanairlondon and https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirLondon 1.  Keith Taylor’s guide: ‘Air Pollution: The Invisible Killer’ http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/air-pollution/ 2.  Smog … Continue reading

Mayor’s plans for tunnel between Silvertown and Greenwich peninsula are unlawful

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Objection to the option of a new road tunnel between Silvertown and Greenwich peninsula Mayor should be prioritising measures to reduce air pollution, not increase it. In any event, breaches of air pollution laws must be mitigated in full and … Continue reading

Public Health Presents…

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Presentation titled ‘Building public understanding of air pollution’ to Public Health Presents – the tri-borough public health forum for the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster – on 27 November 2012