Fight is on for clean air

As Transport for London introduces its controversial daily T-charge on vehicles that fail to meet European emissions standards, people in Bristol are considering how to clean up the city’s air.

A recent report revealed that nitrogen dioxide levels were recorded at twice the legal limit in parts of central Bristol and have become worse in the past four years.

Recognised as a contributory factor in cancer, heart and lung issues in adults, air pollution has also been linked to premature births and poor lung development in children, as well as increased cases of asthma.

Mayor Marvin Rees has joined other Core City leaders in signing a statement in October criticising the Government’s Air Quality Plan and for failing to give councils enough funds to make a difference.

Meanwhile, academics, politicians and campaigners came together at a joint meeting of the Bishopston Society and Sustainable Bishopston to consider what more can be done to improve local air quality.

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