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Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution”

Witsanu is among the academics who called on the government to take the air pollution problem more seriously and to undertake mitigation efforts in the interests of public health and the economy.

These include increasingly popular domestic burning on stoves and open fires, now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions in Britain. In addition to cars, diesel-only trains will also be phased out by 2040.

The proposed Clean Air Strategy will cut the costs of air pollution to society by £1.7 billion every year by 2020, rising to £5.3 billion every year from 2030.

Mr Gove will say: "Air pollution continues to shorten lives, harm our children and reduce quality of life.' He added that while it may conjure 'images of traffic jams and exhaust fumes, transport is only one part of the story".

The plan proposes to introduce new legislation to prohibit the sale of the most polluting fuels, introducing regulations to require farmers to use low emission farming techniques and bring existing smoke control legislation up to date, making it easier to enforce.

Amid worries that prolonged exposure to a cloud of PM2.5 (airborne dust particles 2.5 microns in diameter or less) will lead to a spike in health conditions and diseases in the long run, Rungsrit Kanjanavanit, a medical lecturer at Chiang Mai University, urged relevant agencies to tackle air pollution at its root.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration instructed district offices to clean roads every day and spray water in the air to curb dust.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said: "The United Kingdom's Clean Air Strategy will not only help to protect the health of millions of people, but is also an example for the rest of the world to follow".

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: "We welcome this Clean Air Strategy as a step in the right direction". It also acknowledges World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines as the best standard to abide by.

BANGKOK is facing an air pollution crisis that has choked the capital since late a year ago, with academicians warning of serious impact on public health and a threat to the economy.



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