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The air quality in some of the UK's biggest cities is unlikely to meet EU standards before 2030, according to the government.

Member states were supposed to meet targets on pollutants from diesel cars and trucks by 2010.

The nitrogen dioxide (NO2) they produce is linked to a range of respiratory ailments.

But the European Court of Justice heard that London, Leeds and Birmingham could still be above these goals in 2030.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28255246

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You get the feeling they're not really serious about addressing this don't you.
 

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That's the problem with all the silent and transparent killers. When you remember how long it took for people to realise and then accept the dangers of willingly inhaling tobacco smoke, then attitude (or rather indifference) to air pollution is no surprise.
 

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Out of interest..I wonder if cancer and respiratory diseases are higher in those cities.
 

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BBC looking at air quality again, wonder if Clarkson is interested.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28898901
(For Dr Barratt, knowledge is power. "In cities, we usually have choices. It's common sense. If you think the pollution is coming from vehicle exhausts, try to avoid them."

We should take the train rather than sit in our cars surrounded by other cars belching pollutants, he says - and then there is his personal bugbear.

"I see people jogging along busy roads. It's crazy. Jog through a park, jog through a back street. It's much more sensible, much more healthy.")

Costing the Earth - The Diesel Decade is broadcast on BBC Radio Four at 15:30 on Tuesday and 21:00 on Wednesday - or catch up on the BBC iPlayer
 
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