Londoners would live a month longer with cleaner air’
Mar 23, 2016
Millions of Londoners could live at least a month longer if a series of air pollution-busting measures are championed by the Mayor, according to a report published today.
The study by think tank Policy Exchange and scientists at King’s College London calls for “Clean Bus Corridors” for Oxford Street, Brixton Road and Knightsbridge.
Up in the Air: Part 2 sets out a comprehensive package of measures to clean up air pollution in London, in particular focusing on the two main sources of pollution – road transport and gas combustion.
Nearly 25% of all school children in London and 44% of the Capital’s workforce are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed legal and healthy limits. Up in the Air analyses data from over 100 air quality monitoring sites across London. It shows the most polluted parts of the capital currently have levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) nearly four times the legal limit, with 12.5% of London’s total area exceeding the legal limit for NO2, and that deprived areas are more likely to be affected.
In The News
Time’s report on Air Pollution and the London mayoral election quotes Richard Howard, head of Policy Exchange’s Environment and Energy unit.
Richard Howard, head of Policy Exchange’s Environment and Energy unit, is quoted by the Guardian on a new report by MPs on measures to clean up air pollution.
Up In the Air, Policy Exchange’s new report on air pollution in London, is covered in a leader column in the Evening Standard. The report shows that in some London boroughs as many as 60% of school children go to school in areas with air pollution that is higher than the legal limit.
BusinessGreen cites findings from Policy Exchange’s new report Up In the Airthat more than 30% of London’s schools are in areas with air pollution levels above the legal limit, and that more deprived areas are more likely to be afflicted.
The Evening Standard covers Policy Exchange’s new Up In the Air report, which reveals the extent of air pollution in London. The report shows that 12.5% of London suffers from NO2 levels above legal limits, an area which includes 25% of London’s schoolchildren and 44% of its workforce.