“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.