UK pays for decade of inaction on air pollution

1990 was a poor year for the UK's air pollution record, with emissions of most major pollutants rising or just holding steady, according to the Department of the Environment's latest annual statistical digest.1

The air pollution figures reflect the lack of positive action to control emissions during the 1980s, although the late 1990s should bring better news on some pollutants.

  • Sulphur dioxide: Emissions of SO2 increased from 3.72 million tonnes in 1989 to 3.77 million in 1990. An 82,000 tonnes increase in power station emissions was responsible. A promise by the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1986 to reduce its e

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