Today’s research from King’s College, London, has estimated London’s air pollution caused the early deaths of almost 9,500 people in 2010 and is proof that the Mayor’s inaction is killing people, Green MEP Jean Lambert says.
In contrast, MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted in favour of a fresh round of air quality standards today, with the committee voting this morning to back a new package of measures requiring member states to meet limits on six pollutants by 2030. Current estimates already list air pollution as responsible for more premature deaths in the UK than obesity, alcoholism and road traffic accidents combined.
‘More proof, if indeed it were needed, that we face a clear crisis. When will London’s Mayor realise that his inaction is killing people?’
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sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3), particulate matter (PM2,5) methane (CH4) and volatile organic compounds other than methane (NMVOC),