New Matilda: UK Supreme Court Orders Action On Air Pollution; Australia’s Air Declining As Well By Thom Mitchell A landmark decision in a United Kingdom court could force the British government to start tackling air pollution. Thom Mitchell reports.
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has ordered the British government to draw up plans to bring air pollution levels into line with European Union standards, just days after a United Nations report estimated the cost of dirty air to Europe at a “staggering” $1.6 trillion every year.
In the UK, 29,000 deaths are caused by air pollution each year, according to a 2010 study, and the Supreme Court’s unanimous judgement yesterday highlighted the inadequacy of the government’s efforts to tackle the problem. Despite European Union law requiring member nation’s governments to reduce pollution to a benchmark level by 2010, the UK government’s own plans projected that air pollution would…
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