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  • Adam Hardy 9:09 pm on May 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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  • Adam Hardy 1:20 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Join the campaign to urge London Mayor Khan to increase air pollution measures – Greenpeace. 

    Greenpeace campaign

  • Kate Calvert 8:33 am on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    London Air Pollution Survey Closes End July 

    After the stasis of Mr Johnson’s tenure the new mayor is proposing a genuine step change in attitudes to air pollution in the city and there’s a consultation on the suggestions at https://talklondon.london.gov.uk/cleaning-londons-air-pollution. (For a start, no mealy mouthed reference to ‘air quality’ but a title that recognises the need for action.)

    The introductory page https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/pollution-and-air-quality/your-views-how-can-we-clean-our-air notes that

    • 9,416 LONDONERS die early every year because of air pollution
    • £3.7 BILLION is the cost of air pollution to London’s economy
    • 24% PRIMARY SCHOOLS are in areas that breech the legal limit for NO2 (air pollution)
    • You are 2x AS LIKELY TO DIE from lung diseases if you live in deprived vs affluent areas of London

    Suggestions for addressing this include widening the ULEZ (ultra low emission zone) and bringing forward the start dates for such controls, plus various ideas for permanent or temporary closure of roads to vehicles, as well as the idea of a vehicle scrappage scheme, ie paying a fee to owners of polluting vehicles to take them out of circulation.

    There’s also space to add your own ideas which could include

    • Ring fencing the charges for entering the ULEZ to pay for changes to make walking and cycling easier and more attractive
    • Introducing more car club vehicles so those who give up their cars can transfer easily to using shared vehicles
    • Introducing a day-time ban for large vehicles, which as well as being polluting (being diesel) are so dangerous particularly for cyclists.


    • Sydney 2:38 pm on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My suggestions will be that we need a step change in encouraging electric vehicles, which means aligning this strategy with easy to access low cost charging network, fuelled by renewable energy – and encouragement for community groups rather than the obstacles that were there for St Annes.

    • Meg Howarth 2:27 pm on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply


      Air-pollution is the greatest public-health threat Londoners currently face. Cleaning up the air we breathe must therefore be top of the mayor’s agenda – alongside housing.

      But the city’s toxic air is itself a symptom – of an unsustainable transport system: too much vehicular road traffic of all kinds. All fuels produce toxic byproducts. Deadly diesel may be the major but isn’t the only culprit. Before that it was lead – with children the biggest losers in both cases. The lasting lesson of the successful (worldwide) unleaded-petrol campaign is that the private-car-centric transport model that dominates all our cities, not only London, has replaced one health-damaging product by another. Eliminating diesel is a necessary but insufficient move towards a healthy city.

      A clean-air London needs a huge reduction in the numbers of vehicles of all kinds on the roads – something increasingly recognised across Europe (we haven’t left yet) and elsewhere but thinking entirely absent from Sadiq Khan’s mayoral questionnaire with its fiscal short-termist agenda. Higher prices to drive in the city will hit the poorest and be ignored by the better-off. A publicly funded car-scrappage scheme may help the former towards a less-polluting lifestyle but replacing one vehicle by another won’t produce a healthy population, or a liveable city. Obesity is already a huge personal and social problem.

      Meanwhile the car-fixated transport shapers and shifters falsely promote electric vehicles as emissions-free. While removing toxic exhaust emissions from the air around us, this techno-fix is dependent on CO2-producing electricity.

      A healthy liveable London requires a car-free city and local town-centres. Anything that shirks that responsibility is fiddling.

      It’s not a step change we need but a mental modal shift.

      Footnote: City Hall transport committee chair, Val Shawcross, appears to have got that: this morning she announced the creation of a walking and cycling commissioner.

  • Kate Calvert 5:33 pm on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Trees Do Reduce Air Pollution 

    The programme is no longer easily accessible but the results are summarised at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01dgd9c/features/pollutionexperiment. Silver birches were planted along a busy road and the pollution measured inside neighbouring houses both with and without the trees outside. Those with the trees recorded pollution levels 50-60% lower than the houses without the trees.

    Apparently birch trees are particularly effective in trapping pollution but all greening will improve air quality.

    Usefully trees can also hold water in the event of heavy rain, to mitigate extremes of heat and cold. And they improve mental health. One study found that a child in Projects in Chicago who could see just one tree from their window would enjoy better mental health than a child who could see only buildings.

    Moral, we need to plant more trees and green more walls and roofs.



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