Sulphur emissions reached record low in 2015

Emissions of sulphur dioxide plummeted last year, while VOCs, ammonia and particulates remained stable

Views such as this are becoming increasingly rare. Photograph: Alan Godfree CC BY-SA 2.0Emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the UK reached a historic low in 2015, according to official government figures.

Data published by DEFRA on 21 December shows that only 240,000 tonnes of the acidifying pollutant were released into the air, a quarter less than 2014 and half that emitted in 2008.

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