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London must move faster on air pollution Thanks to European judges, the UK government may be taking a closer interest in Boris Johnson’s strategy for cleaning London’s air.


UK failed to meet NO2 limits for 2013, latest figures show Only five of the UK’s 43 air quality zones were compliant with EU annual mean limits for nitrogen dioxide in 2013, according to the UK government’s submission on air quality to the European Commission.

air pollution mapAn Interactive Air-Pollution Map In March, the World Health Organization estimated that air pollution was responsible for 7 million premature deaths in 2012. That’s one out of every eight total deaths in the world.

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Respro® Masks FAQ: What % of your mask (Sportsta™) protects against PM 2.5

SPORTSTAThe filter material in the Sportsta™ mask is subject to testing which gives 99% filtration of particulates smaller than PM2.5 (2.5 microns); in fact almost ten times smaller, 0.3 microns. An important point with respect to masks is how well they fit. If they fit poorly then the air will just pass through the gap where it doesn’t fit, that’s why we have three sizes.

As a general rule of thumb, mask sizing is as follows:

5′ Heavy Build – 5’6′ Average Build = Medium

5’6″ Heavy Build – 6′ Average Build = Large

6′ Heavy Build – 6’+ Average Build = X-Large

For us to confirm your size please send the following information to customerservices@respro.com

MASK user:

Height:

Weight:

Neck size:

Hat size:

Height:

(most people know their height)

Weight:

(most people know their weight)

Neck Size:

Using piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the neck.  Use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the neck circumference. Easier still check your shirt size.

Head size (AKA Hat Size):

Using piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the head.  Use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the head or hat size circumference.

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Metro New Orleans, Baton Rouge, other areas would violate proposed EPA ozone standards

16438340-mmmainThe New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Shreveport areas would be in violation of lower standards for ground level ozone, the main ingredient of smog, that were proposed Wednesday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The new standards, if approved after a 90-day public comment period, would require reductions in ozone-creating air pollutants by local industries and businesses. They could also require restrictions in how gasoline and other fuels are sold to the public, and possibly vehicle inspections and other measures. EPA doesn’t expect to release a final version of the rule until October.

Industry groups and some state officials, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, immediately attacked the proposal as too costly for industry.

“President Obama’s new environmental regulations are reckless and based on a radical leftist ideology that will kill American jobs and increase energy prices,” Jindal said.

Some environmental and health organizations, however, said the proposed standards aren’t low enough.

“Thousands of peer-reviewed medical studies show that breathing ozone pollution is dangerous to human health and the EPA review shows harm is occurring at levels far below what is currently considered ‘safe,'” said American Lung Association President Harold Wimmer.

High levels of ozone are linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems. EPA is proposing to reduce the 8-hour standard for ground level ozone to between 65 and 70 parts per billion, from the present 75 parts per billion set in 2008 by President George W. Bush administration. EPA on Wednesday also requested public comment on dropping the standard even lower, to 60 ppb.

Baton Rouge was found in violation of the 75 ppb standard, which requires a three-year period of being below the 8-hour average, but was declared to be in compliance with the 2008 ozone standard in December.

If a new standard were set at 70 ppb, parishes out of compliance today would include St. Tammany and St. John the Baptist in the New Orleans area; East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee in the Baton Rouge area; Bossier and Caddo in the Shreveport area; and Lafourche Parish. All those communities exceeded 70 ppb in ozone readings taken from 2011 through 2013.

Louisiana Ozone Map Parishes that would violate 65 parts per billion (ppb) standard Parishes that would violate 70 ppb standard

If the standard were set at 65 ppb, parishes out of compliance would include Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St. James in the New Orleans area; West Baton Rouge and Lafayette; and Calcasieu in the Lake Charles area.

What makes ozone harmful

Ground level ozone, often referred to as smog, is created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds. Higher levels are found in the air on sunny days, and ozone can also be transported long distances by wind.

The chemical constituents are found in emissions from industrial facilities, electric utilities, motor vehicle exhausts, gasoline vapors and chemical solvents, such as paint thinner.

Children are at greatest risk to ozone exposure because their lungs are still developing, and they’re likely to be active outdoors.

The proposed rules include a secondary standard of between 65 and 70 ppm for areas where ozone may affect sensitive vegetation and ecosystems.

In a news conference Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the new standard is the result of a five-year review of the existing rules and of new scientific research on ozone health effects, required under the federal Clean Air Act.

EPA’s new analysis indicates dropping the standard to a range of 65 to 70 ppb will especially protect children and the elderly, who are more at risk of breathing problems caused by the pollutants.

She said the analysis predicts the new standard will prevent from 750 to 4,300 premature deaths, 1,400 to 4,300 asthma-related emergency room visits and 180,000 missed work days a year by 2025. For children, the new standards will prevent between 320,000 and 960,000 asthma attacks and from 330,000 to 1 million missed school days a year by 2025, she said.

EPA estimates it will cost $3.9 billion a year to meet a 70 ppb standard in 2025, and $15 billion for a 65 ppb standard. It estimates the health benefits are valued at $6.4 billion to $13 billion a year in 2025 for a 70 ppb standard, or $19 billion to $38 billion in 2025 for a 65 ppb standard.

McCarthy said the cost estimate for complying with the proposed ozone rules factors in results of other new EPA rules restricting air pollution to help reduce emissions of the chemicals that cause ozone, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide.

Those rules include new “Tier 3″ clean vehicle and fuels standards that will lower smog from industry and transportation, and new rules restricting emissions of carbon from electric power plants. Those rules are equally controversial with industry and several are facing court challenges.

McCarthy said that while EPA is requesting comments on a 60 ppb standard for ozone, that’s likely not in the cards at the moment. She said there’s a greater level of uncertainty concerning the scientific backing for the lower standard.

DEQ: Lower standards would affect industry

A lower standard also would trigger stringent review of permits for some industrial facilities, according to the state.

A Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality spokesman, Gregory Langley, said if the standards are set low enough for the New Orleans area to be in non-compliance, new industrial facilities in the region or those undergoing major renovations would have face a “nonattainment new source review,” a more stringent permitting process that would allow smaller amounts of pollutants to be released.

The plants might be able to offset those emissions by improvements at other facilities or through the purchase of credits from other industries that have reduced their emissions.

The area might also fall under “Transportation and General Conformity” restrictions that could result in reductions of federal dollars for road and construction projects, with the aim being to lower emissions from vehicles, Langley said. He said the New Orleans area business community is establishing a Clean Air Coalition to deal with air pollution issues, similar to one that has been in existence in the Baton Rouge area for several decades.

Jefferson Parish’s environmental affairs director, Marnie Winter, said the Greater New Orleans Clean Air Coalition has been meeting regularly since July to discuss anticipated changes in National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The coalition includes the Regional Planning Commission, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, members of the Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition, the Port of New Orleans, several industries and local governments. Winter said Jefferson Parish, as well as Louisiana Parishes against Coastal Erosion, a coalition of 20 coastal parishes, will submit comments on the proposed rules.

“At this point, it is unclear what types of regulations would be imposed on local governments in order to achieve attainment,” Winter said. “Our initial focus will be on voluntary measures that can be implemented as well as public education.”

In Baton Rouge, local industries already have been under those sorts of restrictions and will continue to do so, Langley said. “The state will work with established and new industrial facilities to meet any and all goals set by EPA,” Langley said.

What remains unclear, however, is the effect on ozone levels of tens of billions of dollars in new industrial projects announced during the past three years, especially in parishes along the Mississippi and Calcasieu rivers.

Those include South Louisiana Methanol’s $1.3 billion plant in St. James Parish, Sasol Ltd.’s $21 billion gas-to-liquids and ethane cracker complex outside Lake Charles and Russian fertilizer giant EuroChem’s plans to build a $1.5 billion production plant in either Iberville or St. John parishes.

EPA spokeswoman Enesta Jones said the studies conducted for the proposed EPA ozone rules were based on present emission levels, and only factored in expected reductions for existing facilities based on court-approved consent decrees. Those studies didn’t include the emissions from new plants.

Industry, lung doctors have opposite reactions 

The proposed ozone rules were immediately attached by a variety of Louisiana politicians and industry groups, arguing the rules will cost many times more than the EPA estimates, eliminating jobs and hurting consumers.

Jindal said the rules would force companies to limit production, and would cause energy prices to increase. He said Obama “believes the government in Washington knows what’s best and that’s why he wants to force this new job-killing regulation on the American people.”

American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Gerard said the new regulations aren’t necessary, because industry is already moving towards reducing pollutants under the 2008 standards. He said the new rules could cost $270 billion a year, including $53.4 billion in Louisiana from 2017 through 2040.

“Air quality has improved dramatically over the past decades and will continue to improve as EPA and states implement existing standards, which are the most stringent ever,” Gerard said in a news release.

Gerard’s cost estimates are based on a recent study by NERA Economic Consulting that estimates losses based on the 60 ppb standard, and included all parishes, whether or not they now have monitoring for ozone.

McCarthy, the EPA administrator, said the decision on whether to expand monitoring would be left to individual states.

The proposed rule was criticized as not going far enough by the American Lung Association, however, because it would not require the lower, 60 ppb standard. The group said 60 ppb has been recommended by scientists and several health and medical societies.

“The scientific record clearly shows that a standard of 60 ppb would provide the most public health protection. We will continue to push the agency to adopt standards based on the scientific evidence,” Wimmer, the group’s president, said.

He said setting ozone standards that are not low enough gives the public a false sense of safety.

“This means too many Americans have been informed that the air in their community is safe to breathe based on the outdated standard. The science shows that information was wrong. Every parent in America has a right to know the truth about the air their children breathe,” he said.

via Metro New Orleans, Baton Rouge, other areas would violate proposed EPA ozone standards | NOLA.com.

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EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Air Pollution Standard

laThe Obama administration is preparing for the release of a series of energy regulations over the coming weeks in advance of a Republican-controlled Congress next year that will prompt pushback from industries and lawmakers, testing President Barack Obama’s commitment to his environmental agenda.

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting off a nearly yearlong regulatory process for setting a new standard. Public-health and environmental groups say the limits are essential in preventing a range of respiratory diseases. Businesses say it could be the costliest regulation in U.S. history.

By year’s end, the administration plans to release at least three other regulations, including another from EPA regulating coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired electricity, and two from the Interior Department setting standards for Arctic oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.

The EPA also is expected to decide sometime in December to what extent it will regulate emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is inadvertently emitted during the production and transmission of natural gas. In January, the agency intends to issue a final rule controlling carbon emissions from new power plants, a precursor to the agency’s parallel standard cutting carbon from power plants already in operation, which EPA plans to complete next summer.

Driven by various factors, including court-enforced deadlines and presidential directives, the initiatives will touch on a broad swath of the economy, especially the utility, oil and natural gas industries. It also advances an ambitious environmental and climate-change agenda Mr. Obama hopes to make a legacy of his time in the White House.

Republicans on Capitol Hill, who will control both chambers of Congress next year, have vowed to pass legislation to slow down or stop altogether several EPA rules, including the ozone standard announced this week, which could force Mr. Obama’s consider vetoing bills handcuffing his top priorities.

“The Obama Administration hasn’t even fully implemented—or seen the consequences of—existing rules, yet here we see another effort to slow job growth and send jobs overseas,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), said in a written statement after the ozone announcement. “The new Congress will review the rule and take appropriate action.”

The EPA’s ozone proposal would limit ozone between 65 and 70 parts per billion in the air and sought comment on a standard as strict as 60 parts per billion, in line with what an independent scientific advisory panel recommended earlier this year. The current level, established in 2008 by the George W. Bush administration, is set at 75 parts per billion, though some regions of the country still aren’t complying with the 1997 level set at 84 parts per billion. The agency said it will take comment on keeping the standard at the current level, something industry groups have encouraged.

“When it comes to reducing this pollution, we’ve done it before and we’re on track to do it again,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a call with reporters.

The agency is relying on the Clean Air Act, a 44-year-old law Congress first passed in 1970, for the ozone rule and several other air-pollution standards, including the proposed climate rules and a mercury regulation the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would review over its costs.

“This administration is relying very heavily on what Congress has already told us is our job,” Ms. McCarthy said.

The EPA estimates the cost to businesses and localities to meet the ozone standard would range between $3 billion and $15 billion in 2025, a decade from now, and the monetary value of the public health benefits range between $6.4 billion and $19 billion in 2025.

These estimates are significantly less than what the EPA proposed in 2011, when it said costs could reach $90 billion and public-health benefits could reach $100 billion. Ms. McCarthy said an improvement in air quality brought by regulations the agency has pursued in recent years has brought down the estimated costs of this latest ozone proposal. The part of the Clean Air Act the EPA uses to issue ozone limits says the agency only can consider science, not cost, an approach supported unanimously by the Supreme Court in 2001.

“Because of recent federal pollution-control rules reducing ozone-causing pollutants—which I have consistently supported—our air is significantly cleaner and healthier,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) said. “It may be wiser to let these existing rules continue to make our air cleaner and then let’s see whether stricter ozone standards for communities, like the one proposed today, are really needed.”

The ozone standard, which the Clean Air Act mandates to be reviewed every five years, isn’t a direct regulation on business. States, however, must comply, which in turn would compel utilities, factories, refineries and other businesses and municipalities that emit smog-forming pollution, including nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, to install new pollution equipment.

The agency is expected to issue a final standard by October of next year, a timeline the EPA said on its website Wednesday it intends to meet. However, the administration hasn’t completed writing the plan for states to comply with the standard set early by the Bush administration.

via EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Air Pollution Standard – WSJ.

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Respro® Masks FAQ: Can I Wash The Filter?

FILTER IN MASKThe filter material may be washed, but ordinarily we recommend ‘hand washing’. Machine washing can be somewhat vigorous which can abraid the material by being washed with other garments. Some washing powders also contain fragrance additives which the filter will certainly pick up.

The best procedure now would be to follow our washing guide and hopefully your filter will still be useable.

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

To ensure good hygiene/care measures we suggest that you place the filter and valves in a pan of freshly boiled water (remove pan from heat source before putting filter in) and let it cool down. Remove the filter unit from the water and allow to stand dry.
This procedure will remove facial oils that may build up over a period of continuous use and will also remove some of the particulates and organic vapour that will be present within the Charcoal structure of the filter or tissue salt build in the valves.

If the mask cover requires washing this should be done by carefully removing the filter assembly and then washing the outer casing in warm soapy water and then left to dry naturally (not forced by means of heaters and driers).

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Air pollution costs Britain £10bn a year, report shows

Pollution at Drax Coal Power Station near SelbyBritain is third highest contributor to air pollution that costs Europe up to £149bn a year, says EU agency report

Britain has 10 of Europe’s top 50 “super-polluting” power stations and factories, helping to cost it more in health and environmental impacts than any other countries, except for Germany and Poland.

New air pollution figures from the European environment agency EEA suggest that a handful of power stations and industrial plants together cost the National Health Service and the wider UK economy over £10bn a year.

Of over 14,000 major industrial plants identified in Europe’s 27 countries, Drax power station in Selby and the Longannet plant at Kincardine in Scotland were ranked respectively 5th and 10th between 2008-2012.

Drax’s air pollution is calculated to have cost the economy £2.7-£6.34bn and Longannet £1.8-4.56bn. The Corus steel works in Redcar ranked 27th in Europe with Alcan Aluminium in Co Durham 34th.

The 10 biggest British plants together were calculated to have at cost at least £12.6bn in air pollution damages between 2008-2012.

Eight of the 30 biggest sources of air pollution were in Germany, six in Poland, four in Romania and three each in Bulgaria and the Britain. Half of all the health and environmental costs were said to be caused by just 1% of the industrial plants, said the report.

Cost

The authors calculated the economic damage done not just by major air pollutants emitted from coal and gas power stations but also those from burning diesel and petrol in vehicles. It included the estimated cost to the health service of the premature deaths and respiratory problems caused by traffic and industry, as well as the damage done to buildings, and the money lost from crop damage and from soil and water pollution.

CO2, a major gas responsible for climate change, was costed according to its carbon price. For the air pollutants, the majority of costs were said to be due to the health impacts of people breathing in minute particles of unburned carbon.

According to the authors, “air pollution cost [European] society at least €59 billion, (£46bn) and possibly as much as €189 billion (£149bn) in 2012. The upper estimate is roughly the same as the GDP of Finland or half the GDP of Poland. In Britain, the cost is estimated to be between £31-99bn in the five years from 2008.”

“While we all benefit from industry and power generation, this analysis shows that the technologies used by these plants impose hidden costs on our health and the environment. Industry is also only part of the picture – it is important to recognise that other sectors, primarily transport and agriculture, also contribute to poor air quality,” said Hans Bruyninckx, EEA director.

The report recorded a small decrease in the economic damage done over the five years monitored in the report. This, said the authors, reflected lower emissions from European industry, attributed to both tighter air pollution laws, greater efficiency in factories and machines and the Europe-wide economic recession.

But the EEA warned that the total cost of damage to health and the environment from pollution by all sectors of the economy, including from ‘diffuse’ sources such as road transport and households, could be significantly higher.

In 2010, the European commission estimated that the external costs associated with only the main air pollutants ranged from £260- 740bn.

An EEA spokesman added that because air pollution crossed borders, all figures were calculated from sources of pollution. The wide range of damages, he said, reflected different countries’ ways of putting a value on the health impacts of air pollution as well as the different methods used to estimate CO2 related damage.

via Air pollution costs Britain £10bn a year, report shows | Environment | The Guardian.

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High Alert in the Arve Valley for Air Pollution

ArveAir quality in the Chamonix Valley over the last few days peaked yesterday with particles of pollutants in the air exceeding the 50 / 80μg / m³ threshold.

Monitoring air quality levels will continue as if the current situation worsens, there could be an ban on heavy vehicles throughout the Arve Valley and restrictions put into place for inhabitants of the region, as we saw back in July. Hopefully today’s weather conditions, with mid and high level clouds passing through, will mean that air quality improves at least in the short term.

via High Alert in the Arve Valley for Air Pollution | Chamonet.com.

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Europe Suffering from Harmful Air Pollution

2014_11_23_15_14_53air_pollution_in_greeceAir pollution in Europe comes with a high price tag, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). While policies have improved air quality overall, air pollution is still the main environmental health hazard, resulting in high costs for health care systems, unhealthy workers and an estimated 400 000 premature deaths in Europe in 2011.

The annual air quality report collates data from official monitoring stations across Europe. It shows that almost all city dwellers are exposed to pollutants at levels deemed unsafe by the World Health Organization (WHO). For some pollutants, more than 95 percent of the urban population is exposed to unsafe levels.

Alongside the report, the EEA is publishing data showing pollution levels in almost 400 cities across Europe. While many large cities have relatively low levels of pollution, others have pollution levels above EU limits for a significant part of the year.

“Air pollution is still high in Europe,” EEA executive director Hans Bruyninckx said. “It leads to high costs: for our natural systems, our economy, the productivity of Europe’s workforce, and most seriously, the general health of Europeans.”

The most serious air pollutant is fine particulate matter, similar to dust or soot but with very small particles capable of penetrating deep into lungs. Long-term exposure to particulate matter was responsible for the vast majority of air pollution-caused premature deaths in Europe in 2011, the study shows, while high levels of ground level ozone over short episodes also caused a significant number of deaths.

Most air pollutants have declined slightly over the last decade, including particulate matter and ozone. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), another pollutant, has not fallen as fast as expected. This is partly because vehicles are an important source of NO2, and vehicle emission standards have not always led to the anticipated reductions.

The pollutant which increased the most over the last decade was benzo(a)pyrene (BaP). Emissions of this pollutant increased by more than a fifth between 2003 and 2012 as urban use of woodstoves and biomass heating increased. In 2012 almost nine out of ten city dwellers were exposed to BaP above WHO reference levels.

An increasing body of scientific research shows that air pollutants may be more harmful than previously thought. Air pollution’s effect on respiratory illnesses and heart disease is well known, but new studies have shown that it can also affect health in other ways, from foetal development to illnesses late in life.

While most harm comes from long-term exposure, short-term episodes can also be very dangerous. For example, Paris experienced an extended episode of high air pollution earlier this year, when still weather allowed a build-up of particulate matter over several days.

Alongside health, these pollutants also have a significant effect on plant life and ecosystems. These problems, including eutrophication, acidification and plant damage, have decreased in recent years. However, they are still widespread – for example the long-term objective for limiting ozone was exceeded across 87 percent of Europe’s agricultural area in 2012, the report shows.

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London must move faster on air pollution

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Thanks to European judges, the UK government may be taking a closer interest in Boris Johnson’s strategy for cleaning London’s air. A case wonin the European Court of Justice (ECJ) by environmental group Client Earth has increased the legal pressure for Britain’s big cities to bring down the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) spewed in them by diesel engines and inhaled in them by human beings. The capital is a serious NO2 offender. It needs to do more if both the city and the nation are to be brought into line.
At a recent air quality conference organised by London Councils and the City of London Corporation, the seriousness and costs of air pollution in all its forms were laid out with alarming clarity. Dr Gary Fuller of King’s College, who monitors the stuff, said NO2 exceeds EU limits by “factors of between two and three” in some London locations, including far fromcentral hotspots, such as next to Brixton tube station and on Putney High Street.
Those EU limits were set in 1998 and were meant to have been met four years ago. Current forecasts suggest London won’t get there until after 2030 unless serious action is taken. Better progress has been made against particulate matter – smoke, dust, dirt and chemicals substantially caused by motor vehicles – but we’re still far short of what the World Health Organisation wants to see.

What Fuller called the “health burden” is heavy. The mayor agrees, accepting the findings of a report he commissioned which estimated that 4,300 Londoners died prematurely as a result of air pollution in 2008 alone. Bad air in the lungs is linked to bronchitis, asthma, strokes, cancerand, top of the list, heart disease. Dr Iarla Kilbane-Dawe described how particulates (PM) coat the lungs and lodge in the heart and brain. He suggested two quick air pollution remedies: one, switching from diesel to clean fuel (he stressed that petrol qualifies); two, reducing vehicle speeds and weights. “It’s not just soot from exhausts that drives the PM,” he said, “it’s also friction – abrasion of road surfaces.”

Not all London’s air quality problems come from motor vehicles, but the difference made by removing them from streets can be dramatic. Kilbane-Dawe showed an image from a piece of King’s College research illustrating the huge enhancement in air quality in Regent Street on a pre-Christmas day when it was closed to traffic compared with adjoining Oxford Street at the same time.
All this makes Johnson’s air quality approach look weak. Rather than slowing vehicle speeds, he’s sought to increase them. As a gift to motorists, he’s halved the size of the congestion charging zone. His proposed ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) is predicted to take London two thirds of the distance it must travel to meet EU NO2 requirements, but it won’t even start to come into effect until 2020.

At his monthly question time on Wednesday, shortly after the ECJ decision came through, the mayor defended his record. “We’re in the lead, we’re doing lots of stuff, we’re taking huge amounts of flack from drivers to make vehicles cleaner,” he said. He has a case. There are more hybrid buses, albeit fewer so far than originally planned, and old ones have had a greening retrofit. Some steps have been taken to clean up the taxi fleet. Johnson has encouraged cycling, which partly mitigates his generally bad decisions over roads. If the ULEZ is too little, too late, it is more than the national government has achieved, a point that’s been made by none other than the lawyer who conducted Client Earth’s legal challenge.
Johnson has also had some unfair press coverage, a novel experience for a politician most of the media adore. He was right to dismiss as “bollocks” reports that Oxford Street is the most polluted in the world, a story that began with the misrepresentation of some of King’s College’s work. It’s true that London isn’t the world’s worst for air quality. It’s also true that it’s improved. The problem is that it isn’t improving enough or fast enough.
Client Earth’s Euro court win, together with the EU’s own action against the UK, should concentrate reluctant minds a little more. Johnson complained on Wednesday that if London received the lion’s share ofgovernment funds for ultra low emission vehicles “we could spend it far better than any other place in Britain”. He and his pals up river have a clear common interest in tackling London’s air pollution problem speedily. It’s time they got together and put their foot down.

via London must move faster on air pollution | UK news | theguardian.com.

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