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Response to Environmental Audit Committee Call for evidence on air quality

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Defra may be shifting from passively covering up the air pollution issue to actively covering up the issue and its role in fighting it Busy fool might have achieved greater reductions in air pollution concentrations and/or done more to warn … Continue reading

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Europe at its ‘best’ takes legal action against UK at its ‘worst’ on air pollution

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European Commission (Commission) has sent the UK a ‘Letter of formal notice’ for breaching nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit values in 16 of 43 zones.  The UK is the first of the EU’s 28 Member States to receive enforcement action on … Continue reading

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Stop hiding air pollution and ban diesel exhaust in two stages to 2020 as coal was banned 60 years ago

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Ultra low emission zone: Diesel exhaust is the problem; and banning it is the solution Transport for London is expected to propose the Euro 6 standard for diesel and the Euro 4 standard for petrol for the Central Congestion Charging … Continue reading

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Mayor takes more backward steps from his Air Quality Strategy and London Plan

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Consultation on draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on ‘The Control of Dust and Emissions during Construction and Demolition’  Mayor is proposing to entrench weak standards for Non-Road Mobile Machinery at ‘High risk sites’ across most of Greater London from 1 September … Continue reading

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Mayor takes five backward steps from his own London Plan

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Consultation on ‘Air Quality Neutral’ in Sustainable Design and Construction SPG By setting lax standards for developers the Mayor is forcing himself to introduce draconian transport measures to reduce carcinogenic air pollution and comply with limit values Dear Mayor Johnson I … Continue reading

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Carcinogenic diesel exhaust disclosed for every significant road in London

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Clean Air in London used powerful European access to environmental information laws to obtain 1.5 million pieces of data from the Mayor of London.  Thousands of pages published Top three worst roads in 2012 were A406 (North Circular), A282 (Dartford … Continue reading

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Highest NO2 of any capital city in Europe again

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Boris Johnson must act in ‘Green Week’ in  the ‘Year of Air’ after failing miserably to reduce air pollution London again has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas, of any capital city in Europe according to … Continue reading

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‘Tube dust’: broken promises, ‘blind eye turned’ and duty breached

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Promises broken about informing the public about ‘tube dust’  Mayor of London ‘turning a blind eye’ to repeated warnings from scientists and others of the dangers of airborne particles including in underground rail systems  Mayor of London breaching ‘General transport duty’ … Continue reading

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Clean Air in London Awards 2013

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Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair of The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, receives award and special mention Inaugural Clean Air in London Awards recognise 24 contributions to improving air quality Keith Taylor MEP (Green) joins four MEPs and others as … Continue reading

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Mayor’s backward steps, wish lists for others and failure to tackle air pollution

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Mayor has today lost control of his own destiny.  It is now up to ClientEarth and the Supreme Court or the European Commission to force action The Mayor of London has announced today plans for air quality measures in his … Continue reading

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Tube dust is not ‘safe’

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Health and Environment Committee air quality work programme  Clean Air in London (CAL) congratulates the Health and Environment Committee (Committee) on the publication of ‘Air pollution in London – Issues paper’.  The paper provides a clear, concise summary of current … Continue reading

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Mayor’s plans for tunnel between Silvertown and Greenwich peninsula are unlawful

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Objection to the option of a new road tunnel between Silvertown and Greenwich peninsula Mayor should be prioritising measures to reduce air pollution, not increase it. In any event, breaches of air pollution laws must be mitigated in full and … Continue reading

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Mayor must stop financially incentivising carcinogenic diesel exhaust

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Consultation on proposed changes to the Congestion Charging Scheme (Greener Vehicle Discount) Dear Sir or Madam I am writing on behalf of Clean Air in London (CAL) with comments on this consultation, which closes on the 8 February. CAL is … Continue reading

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Most-read stories of 2012

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A look back at the media releases and campaign letters that proved the most popular in 2012. January ‘Clean Air in London’ lodges complaint over breaches of air pollution laws in London http://cleanairinlondon.org/legal/clean-air-in-london-lodges-complaint-over-breaches-of-air-pollution-laws-in-london/ Guide to health impacts:  ‘Invisible’ air pollution … Continue reading

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Mayor releases 750 pages of details about his lobbying to weaken air pollution laws

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Mayor releases first tranche of information about his lobbying to weaken air pollution laws   Information reveals lobbying on an industrial scale to influence hundreds of organisations and individuals across Europe.  It would have caused a scandal if released before the … Continue reading