Chief scientist sparks car pollution controversy

The Government's chief scientific adviser said in February that deadlines are needed to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles on air quality and climate change grounds - prompting a fierce backlash from motor manufacturers. The row coincided with a study showing that fine particulates stunt the growth of teenagers' lungs and may permanently affect their respiratory health, and new evidence that hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiac conditions are strongly linked to air pollution episodes.

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