Just how polluted is Britain?

A new report from MPs claims 1,000 schools within 150m of major roads need air filtration systems installed to protect children from the "invisible killer" of traffic fumes.

The Commons environmental audit committee says:

  • The construction of schools, hospitals and care homes near to air pollution blackspots should be banned (saving up to 29,000 lives a year in the process)

  • Young people face lung damage, asthma and even death (among infants) from nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which is produced by motor engines

  • The government has consistently missed its European Union air quality targets in UK cities

Ministers must pluck up the political courage to take the politically unpopular decisions necessary to get the most polluting vehicles off the road and encourage more people to walk, cycle or take public transport.

  • Labour MP and committee chair Joan Walley
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