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TWENTY BRITISH CITIES TO BAN PETROL CARS

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Environment secretary John Prescott will today announce proposals for cutting carbon dioxide emissions, BBC Radio F...
Environment secretary John Prescott will today announce proposals for cutting carbon dioxide emissions, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Reducing traffic pollution and improving energy efficiency in the home will be two of the ways to tackle the problem of greenhouse gases, Today reported.

More than 120 European city leaders, including 20 from Britain, have signed a pledge to ban petrol-driven cars from parts of their towns in order to lower emission levels, reported The Observer (p2). They have also agreed to convert their councils' vehicle fleets, including buses and refuse trucks, from petrol to gas-driven engines.

Speaking from Florence where the deal was signed, John Prescott said it would form part of a package to be unveiled today. The plan would set out how the government would meet its commitment, signed at Kyoto last year, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 12.5% below their 1990 levels by 2020.

The green cities plan was originally signed by Oxford, Athens, Barcelona, Florence, Lisbon and Stockholm. The British cities now joining include Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Coventry, Leeds, Leicester, Luton, Newcatle, Hull and York, as well as some London authorities.
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