Gove backs adoption of WHO air pollution limits

The forthcoming Environment Bill should set stricter limits on particulate pollution and place extra obligations on public bodies to improve air quality, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

“Let’s be honest,” he told the crowd gathered to hear his speech at Kew Gardens yesterday. “In the past we as a country have failed to properly live up to our obligations to improve air quality. That’s got to change,” he said.

“It’s the vulnerable in society – children, whose lungs are less developed, and elderly people suffering from existing heart and lung problems – who are most susceptible. There is an economic cost to air pollution too, from work days lost to illness and higher demand for NHS services,” Gove added.

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