Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

According to the World Health Organization, each year there are more deaths from air pollution than from Aids and malaria combined; the average deaths every year from these two diseases are around 2.36 million people, while deaths from all kinds of air pollution were as high as 6.3 million.

In a landmark decision, High Court judges said the government's failure to require action from 45 local authorities with illegal levels of air pollution in their area was "unlawful".

Asked about government plans to improve air quality while on a visit to Chiang Mai, Prayuth said the government alone can not solve the smog problem because "everyone has contributed to" it.

Air pollution is costing Britain hundreds of millions of pounds more in damage to health than ministers had previously admitted.

"It is devastating for the family and we should all use this example as a reminder of why to support clean air - because clean air saves lives". This will cause chronic diseases such as asthma, cancer, heart disease and stroke in the long term if there is exposure to air pollution, Rungsrit said.

"The saddest part of it is that children are amongst the most affected because their lungs are still growing", he added.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said environmental factors determine around 30% of a person's healthy life expectancy, and warned that air pollution poses the "single greatest environmental threat to human health".

Environment secretary Michael Gove, due to announce the government's new clean air strategy today, wants us to keep the home fires burning without particulate matter - considered the most harmful pollutant.

The Clean Air Strategy also includes changes to existing smoke control laws and new powers for local authorities to act in high pollution areas, and plans to reduce ammonia emissions from farming.

Following a recent increase in popularity, domestic burning on stoves and open fires is now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions.

"We have already outlined ambitious plans to make sure that there will be no new petrol or diesel cars after 2040, and to ensure that they are removed from our roads by 2050", he said.

"We urgently need these guidelines adopted into national law, to accelerate coordinated, bold and ambitious action that will protect people's heart and circulatory health wherever they live in the United Kingdom".

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