‘Grasping at the stars’: Will DEFRA commit to stringent air quality targets?

In March, politicians debated new air quality targets that will be set under the framework of the Environment Bill. The focus was on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) – one of the most damaging air pollutants to human health. “A target has to be something that is grasping at the stars in order to be achieved,” said Alan Whitehead, shadow minister for business, energy and industrial strategy.

by David Burrows
A new particulate matter target will be set. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images
A new particulate matter target will be set. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

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