Toxic air is a serious health issue across the UK, with up to 36,000 people estimated to die prematurely each year as a result of outdoor air pollution.
The need for action is now urgent. Although there have been some improvements, progress has been painfully slow and the UK still routinely breaches its annual legal limits for nitrogen dioxide.
Green Alliance make the case for the use of clean air zones, along the lines of London’s ultra low emission zone, and consider why their roll-out in other towns and cities is being held back.
Green Alliance cite a variety of initiatives across the world that provide useful lessons for the UK and debunk some of the myths around clean air zones, showing how good design can ensure improvements to lives and local economies. To ensure the successful implementation of clean air zones, action is needed at both the local and national level.
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