The British capital once again choked by pollution

Vastavam Web: Gone are the days of London’s “pea souper” smogs, but like many European cities, the British capital is once again being choked by pollution and has road traffic firmly in its sights.In 1952, the Great Smog suffocated London for five days, bringing the city to a standstill as soot-filled clouds descended onto the streets and into people’s lungs, leaving more than 12,000 dead.The crisis prompted a clampdown on the use of coal in the city but decades on, pollution is still causing more than 9,000 premature deaths per year.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on a personal mission to deal with the “lethal” air in the city, after blaming pollution for his adult-onset asthma.This week he announced plans for new charges for diesel cars and older petrol vehicles, which could see drivers pay 24 (28 euros, 30) a day to enter central London by 2019.But the issue is not just confined to the city centre, or indeed to the capital itself.”The NO2 limit value is exceeded in many major cities up and down the country,” Fuller said.It warned that air pollution plays a role in many of the major health challenges of our day, linked to everything from asthma to cancer, obesity and even dementia.
It can have a particularly damaging effect on children and many of London’s youngest residents are exposed, day after day, according to a new study by environmental NGO Greenpeace.The data suggests that more than 1,000 nurseries in England are located next to roads where pollution exceeds legal limits — and another 1,000 schools and colleges.Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government is already under pressure over its response to deteriorating air quality.Last year, ministers lost a legal challenge at the High Court against their air quality action plan. New proposals are due by April 24.