Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

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 proposals, outlined in the Government's Clean Air Strategy, include plans to legislate to prohibit the sale of the most polluting fuels and ensure only the cleanest stoves are available for sale by 2022.

It intends to limit the sales of wet wood for domestic burning and apply sulphur and smoke emission limits to all solid fuels. The UK is the first major economy to adopt air quality goals based on World Health Organization recommendations, going far beyond European Union requirements.

Mr Pralong said Bangkok recently experienced peak PM2.5 levels of 102 micrograms per cubic metre but the reading yesterday was under 90.

Pressed on whether the strategy, launched on Monday, comes too late, Mr Hancock said: We need to do everything we can to improve air quality.

However, Greenpeace's Thailand director Tara Buakamsri said immediate action should be taken by the authorities, including reducing the number of cars and closing schools in high-risk areas.

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The strategy also contains plans to reduce ammonia emissions from farming, with a requirement for low emissions farming techniques and plans to regulate to minimise pollution from the use of fertilisers.

Amid worries that prolonged exposure to a cloud of PM2.5 (airborne dust particles 2.5 microns in diameter or less) will lead to a spike in health conditions and diseases in the long run, Rungsrit Kanjanavanit, a medical lecturer at Chiang Mai University, urged relevant agencies to tackle air pollution at its root.

The Thai government is doubling its efforts to put an end to hazardous air pollution with artificial rain, according to local media reports on Tuesday.

"The authorities must ensure clean air for everyone, or at least they should improve their strategies to protect people from air pollution and raise public awareness on this risky threat to their health". It also acknowledges World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines as the best standard to abide by.

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

She would be the first person in Britain to have her death legally linked to air pollution as charities and pressure groups bid to raise awareness of the impact poor air quality has on health.

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