Almost two million people will still be exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution by 2030, despite the government’s Clean Air Strategy, according to figures buried in a report commissioned by ministers. The report by Imperial College London found 1.8million people, nearly all of them in London but some in other cities such as Birmingham and Manchester, would still be living in areas exceeding the World Health Organisation recommended limit for fine particles of 10 micrograms per cubic metre of air. There will be a major reduction in the number of people exposed from 14.8million in 2016. However, the government will have to commit to much tougher measures to deliver on the proposal from Michael Gove last week for a new legally-binding commitment to bring everywhere in the country under the WHO limit.
Times 25th July 2019 read more »
Within the next 30 years, exhaust emissions could be a thing of the past. But if you thought that would be the end of car drivers being vilified for polluting the environment, think again. Driving an electric car still contributes to air pollution and, we’re now told, even the microplastics problem. Unfortunately, no one can tell us how serious this problem is. On the one hand, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) seems to think it’s significant. On the other, the tyre industry is more circumspect, stressing the need for clearer information before rushing to conclusions. But who’s right? According to the European Commission, non-exhaust sources may contribute to pollution as much as exhaust gases when it comes to traffic-related emissions. This is because when a tyre rolls along a road, it generates friction against the surface. This causes the tyre and road to wear, prompting the release of what’s known as Tyre and Road Wear Particles (TRWP).
Telegraph 24th July 2019 read more »