From the Independent - ‘ClientEarth’s evidence on how the Treasury has prioritised costs and political comfort over people’s lives is hard to overstate,’ environmental campaigner says
"Measures designed to cut air pollution were illegally blocked last year by the then Chancellor George Osborne on the grounds of cost, the High Court has heard.
Environmental law group ClientEarth is taking legal action against the Government over its “failure to tackle the national air pollution crisis”.
According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is “wreaking havoc on human health” and the UK Government estimates it causes the premature death of 40,000 people a year. Campaigners have also described diesel fumes as the “biggest public health catastrophe since the Black Death”.
Under European Union law, the Government was supposed to have taken action to reduce air pollution, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), to within a set limit by 2010."
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