So Boris Did Know How Bad the Air Pollution Was
A report in the Guardian reveals that Sadiq Khan after less than a week as mayor has unearthed a report on air pollution around primary schools http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/16/boris-johnson-accused-of-burying-study-linking-pollution-and-deprived-schools?CMP=share_btn_link. Presumably the new mayor didn’t actually trawl through the documents himself. More likely some incredibly frustrated officer brought it to his attention pretty much the minute he stepped through City Hall door.
Bottom line is that 433 schools in the capital are located in areas that exceed EU limits for nitrogen dioxide pollution – and four-fifths of those are in deprived areas. The report itself is at https://www.scribd.com/doc/312760725/Analysing-Air-Pollution-Exposure-in-London?secret_password=UjnUA1OxDIURIebGARhZ (you may need to sign in to read it).
The article confirms that more than 9,000 people a year in the capital die early from illegal levels of NO2. London has been in breach of the EU NO2 limits since 2010 and is not expected to meet them until 2025. And in January this year parts of London breached annual limits within a week of the year beginning.
Looks like Simon Birkett of Clean Air in London might be right when he says that Sadiq Khan is coming to London’s rescue in the nick of time.