Environment Bill: Why the government is reluctant to set tougher air quality targets

It is a pressing public health concern that has both environmental groups and the general public deeply concerned. However, this is an issue that long pre-dates the Covid-19 pandemic. After all, we have known for years that level of small particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air in the UK is hazardous to human health. With that in mind, the Environment Bill, which reached committee stage last month, includes a commitment to set a legally binding target to reduce the level of PM2.5 by October 2022.

by Adam Branson
The government is resisting calls for it to set tougher particulate matter targets. Photograph: Andrew Holt/Getty Images
The government is resisting calls for it to set tougher particulate matter targets. Photograph: Andrew Holt/Getty Images

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