Free handy hints here from the BBC, including: forget about face masks, avoid busy roads, and – wait for it – ‘stand back’ after pressing the crossing button at traffic lights.
Campaigners win a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution – BBC News.
The judge in the case said the government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas.
He said ministers had to ensure that in each of the areas, steps were taken to comply with the law as soon as possible.
The case was brought by ClientEarth, a group of activist lawyers.
Mr Justice Garnham said: “Because the obligation is zone-specific, the fact that each of the 45 local authority areas will achieve compliance in any event by 2021 is of no immediate significance.
“The Environment Secretary must ensure that, in each of the 45 areas, steps are taken to achieve compliance as soon as possible, by the quickest route possible and by a means that makes that outcome likely.”
He added: “In effect, these local authorities are being urged and encouraged to come up with proposals to improve air quality over the next three years, but are not being required to do so. In my judgment, that sort of exhortation is not sufficient.”
As a result of previous rulings, the government drew up new plans for reducing nitrogen dioxide pollution, much of which comes from vehicles, to within legal limits.
Five ways to avoid pollution
>> Keep away from the busiest roads – pollution concentrates around the heaviest traffic
>> Use side roads – these are cleaner because there is so much less traffic
>> Watch out for hotspots of dirty air – engines are often left running in stationary traffic. This can create “urban canyons” of pollution, particularly around traffic lights, so stand back after pushing the button before crossing the road
>> When walking up a hill always stick to the side where traffic is flowing down the hill, away from the brunt of the fumes. This will always be the cleaner alternative
>> Basic face-masks are not worth the hassle – these trap dust but little else, while heavy-duty versions are cumbersome. Scientists recommend avoiding busy roads instead
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February 21, 2018 at 12:45PM