Measures will require local authorities to halve emissions of the particles linked with heart disease and breathing disorders.
The air is getting generally cleaner, but recent research highlighted the damage being done to health by various types of pollution. There has been increasing concern about the tiny particles produced by industry and traffic exhausts, which have been linked to a significantnumber of early deaths from heart disease and breathing disorders, such as asthma.
Environment minister Michael Meacher today announced targets for these particles to be cut in halve by 2010. That will be achieved partly through cleaner fuels and new regulations for industry, but it will also require local authorities to reduce traffic levels in towns and cities.
* see herefor 'SCOTLAND LEADS UK IN POLLUTION REDUCTION TARGETS' and herefor 'CONSULTATION HIGHLIGHTS WELSH ASSEMBLY'S COMMITMENT TO REDUCING AIRBORNE POLLUTANTS - MINISTER' and herefor 'TOUGH NEW TARGETS FOR CUTTING AIR POLLUTION - MEACHER' and here'FIRST LONDON-WIDE CONSULTATION ON AIR POLLUTION'.