London has breached its annual [17 ACROSS] pollution limits just five days [16 ACROSS] 2017, a “shameful reminder of the severity of London’s air pollution”, according to campaigners.
By [15 ACROSS], hourly levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide must not be more than 200 micrograms [2 DOWN] cubic metre (µg/m3) more than 18 times in a whole year, but late on Thursday this limit was [13 ACROSS] on Brixton Road in Lambeth.
NO2 pollution, which is produced largely by diesel vehicles, causes 5,900 early [10 ACROSS] every year in London. Most air quality zones across the country break legal limits and the crisis was called a “public [3 DOWN] emergency” by MPs in April. This week [9 DOWN] said that one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s in people living near busy [20 ACROSS] could be linked to air pollution.
The [14 DOWN] of London, Sadiq Khan, has pledged new measures and to double funding to £875m [7 ACROSS] five years to tackle the problem. [6 DOWN] the UK government’s national plans have twice [6 ACROSS] ruled illegal in the past two [12 DOWN] and it has been sent back to the drawing board to develop a [19 ACROSS] strategy.
Alan Andrews, a lawyer at ClientEarth – the group that successfully sued the government – said: “This is another shameful reminder of the severity of London’s air pollution and shows [11 ACROSS] the mayor has rightly made tackling it a [1 ACROSS] priority. It is absolutely [8 DOWN] that he now delivers on his promises and that the national government back him to the hilt.”
Andrews, who [15 DOWN] in Brixton, said Khan had promised an expanded ultra-low emission [4 DOWN] in 2019, which limits polluting [18 ACROSS], and to deploy the cleanest buses on the [5 DOWN] polluted roads.
A spokesman for the mayor said: “The Brixton Road [breach] underscores why urgent action is needed to improve air quality across London.” He said Khan would shortly be announcing 10 new low emission bus zones, including one for Brixton Road.
SOURCE : The Guardian