Warning Over Pollution In West Yorkshire

A charity say air pollution levels need to be cut urgently- or people will die.


A charity say the Government must act to cut air pollution in West Yorkshire.

They've listed how long illegal levels of air pollution are set to persist to unless urgent action is taken, and found: 
o    Toxic air in Bradford until 2021
o    Toxic air in Calderdale until 2018
o    Toxic air in Kirklees until 2019 

Analysis by Friends of the Earth of the government's new air pollution modelling reveals that seven local authorities in Yorkshire would still have illegal levels of air pollution in 2019, without further action being taken. Leeds would still have illegal levels of air pollution in 2026.
With political uncertainty potentially distracting Ministers from addressing the air pollution crisis, the environmental charity has today (15 June 2017) released maps  that show which parts of the country would continue to have toxic air for many years to come if the government fails to take urgent action.
Friends of the Earth is calling for properly funded, charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) to be introduced by the end of 2018, covering all places where air is otherwise predicted to be at illegal levels in 2019 and beyond. This would mean 58 local authorities should be required and funded to introduce, by the end of 2018, CAZs to restrict the worst polluting vehicles from areas with illegal air pollution. This is a far higher number of CAZs than the five areas the government originally proposed (as well as separate arrangements for London) and many more than for the 27 Local Authorities the government is now considering.
Oliver Hayes, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner, said:
"Fresh analysis of the government's own data reveals the staggering scale of this public health crisis. 
"Shockingly, air pollution is predicted to continue damaging people's lungs for many years to come. People in Leeds would be breathing toxic air for the next nine years without further action. 
"The current plans for cleaning up our air are shamefully inadequate. With 40,000 early deaths each year from air pollution, and children's young lungs especially vulnerable, this is a sickening amount of suffering - much of which could be prevented. 
"The government must do far more to protect the public's lungs from this pollution, including urgently introducing Clean Air Zones by the end of 2018 for everywhere which would otherwise have illegally dirty air." 

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