Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution

Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution

Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution

These include increasingly popular domestic burning on stoves and open fires, now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions in Britain.

Ministers predict that the measures will save the United Kingdom £1.7bn in the cost of air pollution every year by 2020. In addition to cars, diesel-only trains will also be phased out by 2040.

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

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. What it doesn't say is that those plans are in total disarray, so once again the government has missed a golden opportunity to clean up illegal levels of air pollution across the country and start protecting people's health.

No-one can tackle air pollution alone so it is a duty of government to act for us all.

In recent weeks, municipal workers have sprayed water on the roads and into the air in Bangkok to help clear the smog.

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"It is not just the case that vehicle pollution is responsible for toxifying our air, it is also the case that we need to deal with how we generate heat and power, but we also need to look at agriculture and other transport sources of emission".

"We have made strides forward over the past few years and the action we are taking today will save lives and improve the health of the nation - both for those of us here today and for generations to come".

The chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, Dr Penny Woods said the new strategy is "a step in the right direction". It also acknowledges World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines as the best standard to abide by.

'However, we're disappointed that it doesn't include a clear commitment to adopt the World Health Organization limits for particulate matter pollution in the upcoming Environment Bill, ' added Dr Woods.

But the Pollution Department played down the dangers of the persistent haze, which the government judges using a different set of measurements to see the concentration of harmful microscopic particles known as PM2.5, particulate matter 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter.

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

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