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Monday, 22 March 2010

Climate Targets cause pollution

MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have warned that climate-change targets are exacerbating air pollution.

The Government has encouraged people to drive diesel cars which were more fuel efficient but created more particulates (CRN note: and Nitrous Oxide (NOx), plus don’t forget dirty diesel buses/taxis in our City/Town centres. Modern diesel cars have particulate filters), while the introduction of biomass boilers (CRN note: and wood burning stoves) in urban areas also led to air pollution.

On average people across the UK lose seven to eight months of their lives because of filthy air. But in pollution hotspots, that rises to eight or nine years.

Daily Mail: Air pollution in the UK ‘killing 50,000 people a year’, warn MPs

CRN comment: People are living longer – around 100 years ago the average person lived into their late 50’s. Now longevity of life is much greater we have problems paying the pensions and providing care home places for an ageing population.

According to the UK Office for National Statistics:

Life expectancy at birth in the UK has reached its highest level on record for both males and females. A newborn baby boy could expect to live 77.4 years and a newborn baby girl 81.6 years if mortality rates remain the same as they were in 2006–08. ... pollution/

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