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Francesca Dominici
When you have a large study that shows that the current level of air pollution is toxic – I hope that's something we can do something about.feedback
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Jun 28 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Pollution. You'll find 572 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. You can also see the other popular topics. The 3 people who have been quoted more about Pollution are: Sadiq Khan, James Thornton and Dan Greenbaum. Sadiq Khan specifically said: “Tube staff and the millions of passengers who use the underground regularly deserve to breathe the cleanest air possible. TfL's new underground air quality programme will help ensure dust and particles are kept to an absolute minimum. But I want to leave no stone unturned and I've also asked for an updated scientific analysis of pollution on the tube so we can fully assess the air quality levels and take appropriate measures to ensure that the air is clean.”.
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Sadiq Khan

It has been an incredibly difficult few weeks for London, but we must carry on as a city and that means pushing forward our work to keep Londoners moving around our city. We have to make not using your car the affordable, safest and most convenient option for Londoners going about their daily lives. This is not only essential for dealing with congestion as London grows, but crucial for reducing our toxic air pollution, and improving the health of all Londoners.feedback

Simon Birkett

The government is clearly failing to warn people about the threat posed by air pollution.feedback

Neil Thomas

Air pollution reduction should be the goal of everyone for their own health and that of future generations.feedback

Sandrah Eckel

On high pollution days, you might want to stay indoors, close the windows, and clean the air indoors using filters.feedback

Sandrah Eckel

We generally recommend that people monitor their local air quality index.feedback

Neil Thomas

There is increasing evidence that particulate air pollutants can lead to early death from cardiorespiratory disease as well as a range of cancers including liver cancer.feedback

Sandrah Eckel

Our study suggests that liver cancer patients may be another susceptible group that could benefit from reductions in air pollution.feedback

Paul Morozzo - Greenpeace

This ambitious, well-thought-through long term vision for the London transport system is very welcome. Investing in public transport, walking and cycling is crucial to solving the air pollution problem effectively. We also look forward to the Mayor's initiatives in the short term which will improve air quality by helping to phase out the diesel vehicles responsible for much of the roadside pollution blighting our city and expanding the ultra-low emissions zone. London is a city at the cutting-edge of so many fields - let's turn it into a clean transport leader too.feedback

Simon Birkett

This is a very serious episode, which unfortunately combines high levels of ozone with high levels of particulates, so it is very important that people keep an eye on these alerts and follow the health guidelines.feedback

Frances O'Grady

Obviously shorts and flip-flops won't be the right attire for all workers, but no one should be made to suffer unnecessarily in the heat for the sake of appearances.feedback

Sadiq Khan

The government must urgently get a grip on this health emergency and introduce a new Clean Air Act that takes air pollution seriously, plus a national diesel scrappage fund and reforms to vehicle excise duty. But given that much of the toxic pollution today in London is being blown over from the continent, we must continue to work closely with our neighbours to reduce emissions across Europe, even after Brexit.feedback

Adam Bandt

Network charges make up almost half an electricity bill. If we can stop big power companies overspending on poles and wires, and make them invest in energy savings and networks that support renewables, we can help reduce pollution and cut power bills.feedback

Naomi Ages - Greenpeace

ExxonMobil will try to dress this up as climate activism, but its key agenda is protecting executives from legal accountability for climate pollution and fraud. A nicely worded public relations exercise is no cure for decades of deception.feedback

Shaye Wolf

Perry has the science exactly backward. Far from being climate change's key cause, the world's oceans are actually another victim of greenhouse pollution. Our oceans absorb millions of tons of carbon dioxide a day, making them dangerously acidic. They've also soaked up most of man-made global warming's excess heat, putting tremendous stress on marine life.feedback

Steven R. Donziger

The Supreme Court's decision closes a chapter and will allow the global public to properly focus on the true substance of the case, which is an international judgment enforcement process - in which U.S. courts have no role - and the devastating environmental and human tragedy that both Chevron and the global community need to address.feedback

R. Hewitt Pate - Chevron

The facts of the Ecuadorian judicial extortion scheme and the illegality of the plaintiffs' lawyer misconduct have been finally and conclusively affirmed by the legal system of the United States. Today's decision is an important step toward bringing this illegal scheme to a final conclusion.feedback

Ahmet Cemal Saydam

This has nothing to do with pollution. This is a blessing for the Black Sea.feedback

Mark Easedale

This pollution incident had a dramatically negative impact on the local community and the environment with Langwood Brook and the River Irwell severely affected. A week after the pollution incident an investigation by Environment Agency officers found fish populations in the River Irwell immediately downstream of Langwood Brook were around 90% lower than those found upstream. The sentencing today sends out a clear message to anyone whose recklessness causes serious pollution to the environment – we will be relentless in our investigations and take action wherever needed.feedback

Peter Zalzal - EDF

It is unconscionable that this unprecedented loophole for oil and gas pollution will increase dangerous smog, methane, and cancer-causing benzene when commonsense solutions are at hand. Every day that these clean air safeguards are delayed, thousands of oil and gas wells across the country will emit dangerous pollution in the air, harming the health of our children.feedback

Jonathan Elkind

That program will lead to massive savings in terms of avoided carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution. Unfortunately there is an incredible dissonance between the declared interest of this administration to continue to lead on clean energy, and their actions.feedback

Gilaad Kaplan

As a modifiable risk factor, people who are at risk for the adverse health effects of air pollution can take action to protect themselves on days when air pollution levels spike locally by avoiding larger sources of pollution when reasonably possible (e.g. avoiding jogging near heavy traffic, working earlier in the day to avoid the worst of rush hour traffic). Moreover, society needs to prioritize actions to continue to improve the air quality of cities.feedback

Wai-Keung Leung

We already knew that air pollution exposure may alter intestinal immunity, increase gut permeability and influence intestinal microbial composition, which may contribute to the development of various intestinal diseases. This is the first time that the association between air pollution and peptic ulcer bleeding, one of the most important complications of peptic ulcer, is being reported.feedback

Gilaad Kaplan

Air pollution is a modifiable risk factor that is linked to diseases throughout the body from the respiratory system to the cardiovascular system, with growing evidence that it may influence the gastrointestinal tract.feedback

Daniel Pauly

You can have entire fisheries collapsing without knowing because you cannot separate the global warming-induced migration from the reduction due to fishing, or even pollution. So we will never know for sure why this or that collapse has occurred, except in a few cases.feedback

Oliver Hayes - Friends of the Earth

Our analysis of the government's own data shows the scale of this public health crisis. It is not acceptable that air pollution is predicted to go on damaging people's lungs for years to come. People in Birmingham and Leeds would be breathing toxic air for nearly another decade, unless more is done without any more delay. The current plans for cleaning up our air are just not enough. With 40,000 early deaths each year from air pollution, and children's young lungs especially vulnerable, this is a sickening amount of suffering that is preventable.feedback

Brendon Harper

There is a lot of work going on to improve air quality in London but we are not going to get to the point any time soon in the next couple of years where we are meeting the WHO targets.feedback

Gary Fuller

This could be better in so many ways for people's pollution exposure and probably for their sense of wellbeing as well. Anything you can do to limit your exposure will be good for your health. The same applies anywhere, so it would be great if these ideas were taken up in other cities. We weren't surprised at the results, but it was very nice to be able to demonstrate what we believed we would find.feedback

Stephen Holgate

There are multiple benefits to be gained. But parents are confused at the moment because they think there is less pollution in cars than outside, which is not the case.feedback

John Sauven - Greenpeace

Michael Gove is about to find an in-tray loaded with urgent problems, from tackling the air pollution crisis to reforming our broken farm subsidy system and protecting our oceans from overfishing and plastic waste. He should move swiftly to prove that he's better than his record suggests.feedback

Wang Zhenyu

The elite see pollution victims as their enemies, and they will do everything possible to undermine them and keep their grip on power.feedback

Zeng Xiangbin

It keeps stalling, and that's it. That's China's way of solving the problem.feedback

Mao Baozhu

Sometimes I lose hope and feel this will never end. Nobody wants to take responsibility for what has happened to our children.feedback

Tan Zhenli

It's old news. The factory has been closed. Everything is improving here.feedback

David King

The best thing for all our health is to leave our cars behind. It's been shown that the health benefits of walking and cycling far outweigh the costs of breathing in pollution. If more drivers knew the damage they could be doing to their children, I think they'd think twice about getting in the car.feedback

Benjamin Barratt

The car driver, by a very long way, was exposed to the highest level of pollution. The fumes from the vehicles in front and behind were coming into the car and getting trapped there. It is not true that you can escape pollution by sitting inside a vehicle.feedback

Stephen Holgate

It is nine to 12 times higher inside the car than outside. Children are in the back of the car and often the car has the fans on, just sucking the fresh exhaust coming out of the car or lorry in front of them straight into the back of the car.feedback

David King

Children sitting in the backseat of vehicles are likely to be exposed to dangerous levels [of air pollution]. You may be driving a cleaner vehicle but your children are sitting in a box collecting toxic gases from all the vehicles around you.feedback

Stephen Holgate

Air pollution hasn't been taken seriously. There is a very strange situation where the government has to make laws by being taken to court repeatedly. In my view it is really quite appalling that we haven't started to deal with this properly and put children's and adults' health first.feedback

Marcus Schaefer

I took a wave with a friend in Leblon when we saw a floating object a little further. Little by little the current brought it back to us, and it was there that we realised that it was a fridge, surreal. I've been surfing since I was little and almost every day, I go to the beach early, I always worried about picking up the rubbish that people leave behind.feedback

Marcus Schaefer

With this sad episode, I think that I really have to do something more serious. You can not rely solely on the government.feedback

Marcus Schaefer

In reality, it was the current and the waves that brought it back to the beach, it was dangerous. Fortunately, no one got hurt.feedback

Cynthia Sarthou

I think the enforcement of any pollution laws is going to be at risk right now. Bossert (Clark) is unlikely to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for pollution.feedback

Al Gore

It's almost like the computer chip revolution and the mobile phone revolution where products got much cheaper, faster than anyone could have imagined, even as their quality improved by leaps and bounds. The real risk is that all of these other countries will retaliate against the U.S. by trading among themselves and concentrating new jobs in solar and wind in their countries and not the U.S. They have the legal right now to put up barriers against U.S. products that don't bear any price for carbon pollution.feedback

Bill Shorten

In addition, I ask that Labor be consulted on any subsequent work commissioned by your government on specific design options for a low emissions target or similar mechanism going forward. It's regrettable that for too long this nation's energy and climate policy has been hostage to a small handful of climate sceptics in the Liberal party – while power prices have gone up, pollution has gone up and investment has stalled.feedback

Meleah Geertsma - Natural Resources Defense Council

In its haste to do favors for its polluter cronies, the Trump EPA has broken the law. The Trump administration does not have unlimited power to put people's health in jeopardy with unchecked, unilateral executive action like this. Stopping methane leaks is a no-brainer -- avoiding wasted gas, creating jobs, fighting climate change and cutting cancer-causing pollution all at once. We will not stand for this blatant polluter giveaway.feedback

Sam Spokony

We are disappointed with the court's decision, which further delays a project that will reverse 100 years of pollution, create thousands of good-paying jobs and turn vacant lots into a vibrant community. At a time when Queens needs private investment more than ever, the court's decision disregards the City Council, the local community board and other stakeholders who have already approved the Willets West plan. We are in the process of evaluating our next steps.feedback

Peter Zalzal - EDF

It delivers almost half of the smog reductions and more than half of the methane reductions and 90 percent of toxic air pollution reductions. There's absolutely no assurance to the public, who stand to benefit from these protections, that this will happen in the absence of enforceable safeguards. It's something that states like Wyoming, California, Colorado and Ohio are already doing.feedback

Vann R. Newkirk II

Pollution and the risk of disaster are assigned to black and brown communities through generations of discrimination and political neglect.feedback

Jim Holder - Autocar

There is no clear government strategy on diesels. There has been a wave of negative headlines around the fuel but at the same time the taxation system continues to incentivise them. These mixed messages do nothing for consumer confidence, nor does the blanket reference to all diesels being dirty. There have been significant steps in reducing emissions, particularly with the latest Euro 6 regulation compliant units that are on sale now. Consumers have no clear indication of the financial or environmental impact of their decision. That is bad for both legislators and car buyers.feedback

Jim Holder - Autocar

T here is no clear government strategy on diesels: There has been a wave of negative headlines around the fuel but at the same time the taxation system continues to incentivise them. These mixed messages do nothing for consumer confidence, nor does the blanket reference to all diesels being dirty. Consumers have no clear indication of the financial or environmental impact of their decision. That is bad for both legislators and car buyers.feedback

Jessie Bunkley

Certainly this paper is just the very tip of the iceberg.feedback

Jessie Bunkley

When we started doing the identification and looked at the data in its raw format, we realized there were some interesting trends going on.feedback

Andrus Ansip

No way. No way. The aim of taxation is not just (to) collect revenues … But to increase salaries of teachers and police. Taxes are also to have some influence over some processes. I fully agree that we have to tax bad habits, for example pollution, or smoking, or drinking alcoholic drinks, this I can understand.feedback

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

As you can imagine, we are extremely disappointed. Back in the day we were known as 'hell with the lid off', and we had air pollution that impacted the entire region. But this is a region that's thriving and growing, and to depict it by its antiquated industrial past is really not a true reflection of what's happening.feedback

Isabella Sigado

We have a history of pollution and industry, and we're working really hard as a city to move past that through our growing industries. Pittsburgh is turning into a green city.feedback

Lauri Myllyvirta - Greenpeace

The real drivers for clean energy in China are much closer to home than Paris. The air pollution and the need to reinvent the economy are much bigger drivers.feedback

Harsh Pant

Modi's constituency is the middle class, and the middle class in Indian cities is choking on pollution. Modi knows climate change is good politics. Climate change makes sense to Modi because he believes it as it is good economics and politics.feedback

Rhea Suh

If true, this is a reckless and foolish mistake, and our kids will pay the price. The Paris climate accord is a triumph of American leadership. It's about doing what's best for our people at home–spurring clean energy innovation and creating millions of good-paying jobs, while protecting our children and communities from pollution. And we got the whole world to join us.feedback

Richard Leck - World Wide Fund for Nature

There is still resilience in the system. This data shows that if the reefs aren't exposed to underwater heatwaves, if they're not subject to major pollution events, and they're not hit by a cyclone, then they recover really well and that should give us a lot of hope that the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef is still there and, if we reduce those threats, we should see recovery reef-wide.feedback

Lyndon Schneiders

The Australian government must consider ending land clearing and deforestation in its climate review as well as cutting fossil fuel pollution. It is time prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and environment minister Josh Frydenberg swept aside stonewalling by the National party and got together with the states to land a grown-up plan to end land-clearing and deforestation as part of credible plan for tackling climate change into the future.feedback

Lyndon Schneiders

Deforestation and land clearing has a double impact on climate change. The trees can no longer draw carbon pollution out of the air and they also release carbon and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as they are burnt or rot.feedback

Therese Coffey

The Conservatives will further improve air quality while making sure that ordinary working families are not penalised for Labour's mistakes. The government is also consulting on what further steps can be taken to mitigate any cost and burdens on ordinary working families and local firms – including the options of targeted scrappage schemes and retrofitting initiatives.feedback

James Thornton

We have been looking at the fine detail of the draft air quality plans published by the government. We have found some major flaws. The law requires the final plan to bring air pollution down to legal levels in the shortest time possible. These flaws seriously jeopardise that timetable. These are plans for more plans, what we need are plans for action.feedback

Nay Aung

Avoid times and places where there is a high level of pollution. If you want to cycle into work and there is heavy traffic around that time then try to find a quieter route. Walk on the part of the pavement furthest from cars to reduce the amount of pollution you breathe in. Those with cardiorespiratory diseases should limit the time spent outdoors during highly polluted periods such as rush hours.feedback

Tiganus Catalin

We have to modernise because otherwise we're out of the market. Our vessels have to fulfil all the new EU regulations concerning air pollution, noise, nitrogen oxides, and so on.feedback

Gao Hongzhi

Some enterprises are reckless and they use the cover of night to emit pollutants.feedback

Oliver Springate-Baginski

The ecology of Indawgyi Lake has been severely impacted by silt and mercury pollution from mining and overfishing, so much that it's become hard for the local fishers to make a living. The conflict has undermined the effectiveness of regulatory mechanisms, and powerful people have been able to exploit the natural resources at the expense of less influential locals.feedback

Jay Coghlan

Fattening up our already bloated nuclear weapons stockpile is not going to improve our national security. New Mexicans desperately need better funded schools and health care, not expanded plutonium pit production that will cause more pollution and threaten our scarce water resources.feedback

Mark Hayward

There would have to be massive uptake to make a difference.feedback

John Roome - World Bank Group

They see the co-benefits between dealing with congestion, air pollution and other development needs, and they see the falling costs of the technology, and they see the opportunity for getting ahead of the curve to create new jobs in developing an electric vehicle industry, an air-conditioner industry, a battery industry. But it's going to take very concerted work between the policies, the incentives, the financing (and) focusing on developing the markets. We need to be much more rigorous about assessing the transformational value of any dollar that we spend.feedback

Steven Miles

Australia doesn't currently have a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we need one. For the sake of our reef, it's time Malcolm Turnbull took his commitments from Paris seriously and introduced a real plan that will cap and reduce carbon pollution.feedback

Leila Conners

Americans are often under the belief that the EPA or their local state environmental agency is going to save them from environmental pollution, and that is simply not the case.feedback

Martha Billings

Your nose, your sinuses and the back of your throat can all be irritated by those pollutants so that can cause some sleep disruption as well as from breathing issues.feedback

Helen Szoke - Oxfam Intermón

Against the backdrop of an imperilled Great Barrier Reef and extreme weather disasters, Australia's carbon pollution is continuing to climb – the tragic consequence of more than a decade of climate policy paralysis and short-term political opportunism. Renewable energy is set to power the fair economies of the future and Australia can make a choice to be part of that. Through its 2017 review of climate change policies, the Australian government has the opportunity to set a credible long-term goal and plan of action.feedback

Scott Weichenthal

There is certainly increasing evidence that air pollution affects our body in ways that we didn't appreciate before.feedback

Daan Roosegaarde

Of course one tower and a few bikes won't solve China's air pollution problem, but smog-free bikes are an exciting idea that will hopefully activate communities towards creating greener cities. Our aspirations are being redefined; in the future, the biggest luxury won't be a Louis Vuitton bag. It will be clean air.feedback

Daan Roosegaarde

Bikes have always been a symbol of energy-friendly and congestion-reducing living, but this bike serves a double function by cleaning the air as you cycle. For me, design has never been about creating yet another chair or another table. We should use creativity to improve the way we live. Healthier cities and urban innovation will always be connected with large-scale governmental investment. But I'm too impatient to wait for change to trickle down. The government does top-down, and designers, universities and NGOs do bottom-up, and hopefully we meet in the middle.feedback

Catherine McKenna

Canadians realize that polluting isn't free. We know that carbon pollution causes droughts, fires and floods across our country and across the world, and that it impacts on our health through issues like asthma, premature mortality and more emergency room visits. Making polluters pay is a critical part of any climate plan.feedback

Jennifer Lavers

What's happened on Henderson Island shows there's no escaping plastic pollution even in the most distant parts of our oceans. It's truly one of the last paradises left on earth, and one of the least visited but heavily protected bits of land on the planet. But I don't think I've stood somewhere and been so utterly and completely surrounded by plastic.feedback

Penny Woods

It is deeply tragic that around 3 million lives are cut short worldwide because the air we breathe is dirty and polluted. In the UK, air pollution is a public health crisis hitting our most vulnerable the hardest – our children, people with a lung condition and the elderly. Yet, we are in the fortunate position of having the technology and resources to fix this problem. It's time to use what we have to sort this problem out as a matter of urgency and clean up our filthy, poisonous air. The next government needs to bring in a new Clean Air Act to protect the nation's lung health.feedback

Jennifer Lavers

What's happened on Henderson Island shows there's no escaping plastic pollution even in the most distant parts of our oceans. Its location near the centre of the South Pacific Gyre ocean current makes it a focal point for debris carried from South America or deposited by fishing boats. It speaks to the fact that these items that we call 'disposable' or 'single-use' are neither of those things, and that items that were constructed decades ago are still floating around there in the ocean today, and for decades to come.feedback

Karen Sonnessa

Have we failed to learn from history, and forgotten the harm done to our air, water, and wetlands? If anything, regulations need to be more stringent. I remember the days of smog, pollution, and rivers spontaneously combusting. EPA is for the people.feedback

John M. DeCicco

I do not find these results surprising, but they are significant because the extent of the problem has been underappreciated, and it's one that too many policymakers prefer to sweep under the rug. So most of what is going on is not cheating but rather inadequate testing and enforcement.feedback

Allen Schaeffer

It's important to understand that diesel has been a technology of continuous improvement, meaning that today's generation of new diesel technology is lower in emissions and more efficient than one built 10 or even five years ago.feedback

Joe Dennett

It is an issue which Londoners are becoming more aware of, and which we have become increasingly concerned about. But we realised a lot of people were not aware of where pollution levels are high because you cannot see the pollution, it's quite nebulous. We wanted to try and create awareness and anger about it at grass roots and to come up with something that would identify the air pollution. The English Heritage blue plaques highlight the invisible past of a building and this is trying to highlight the invisible danger of the pollution in the areas where the grey plaques are being put up.feedback

Sadiq Khan

Toxic air causes more than 9,000 early deaths every year in London, as well as stunting the growth of children's lungs, causing dementia and strokes. Londoners are understandably concerned about the possible damage to their health of living in high pollution areas and want to make informed choices. That's why I'm writing a new London plan with policies in place to make sure pollution levels are considered when deciding where to build new homes and schools in London, as well as a whole host of other measures to make our air cleaner.feedback

Sadiq Khan

The Tories are refusing to take any action to clean up our dangerously polluted air, while Labour is delivering the most ambitious clean-air plans of any city on the planet. The best way to clean up our air is to vote Labour.feedback

Mark Hayward

I don't think it will be very long before it becomes compulsory to display pollution information on listings. This is already at the forefront of buyers' minds, particularly if they have children or health problems, and it would be a logical next step. High levels of pollution could depreciate the value of a home by at least 10 per cent.feedback

Henry Pryor

Home buyers used to have a blaze attitude to air pollution but now this has completely changed. People are very concerned and they are suddenly discovering that they can look at two homes at different ends of a street, and one will be more polluted than another. I get asked about pollution levels so regularly that I now check it as standard before suggesting a property to clients. If a house is in a highly polluted area, such as near a train line, it might go for a 15 per cent less than a similar property in a less polluted zone.feedback

Maria Westerbos

So far we have hardly seen any effort from the clothing industry to tackle the problem at the source.feedback

Paula Higgins

Giving buyers information about pollution would help them think with their head and not with their their heart. People need to look at pollution levels in a prospective area just as they would when they look at crime rates.feedback

Wang Fangyuan

I was sending coal from Inner Mongolia to the port and carrying imported iron ore from the port to other places. The government has completely cut my livelihood. I have been working in this tough business for more than six years. What they have done is just adding more difficulty to our harsh life.feedback

Zhang Min

The ban has sharply weakened Tianjin port's role as a leading trade port in China.feedback

Wang Di

The air is so much cleaner now. It used to be very dirty. We couldn't even keep the windows open for more than five minutes. Otherwise, my face would be covered in coal dust.feedback

Sadiq Khan

We've dragged the government kicking and screaming through the courts to produce these belated proposals – but they are toothless and woefully inadequate.feedback

Jyotsna Jagai

We do not experience exposures in a vacuum but rather are exposed to several exposures at any one time. We considered a broad definition of environmental exposures, which included pollution in the air, water, and land and also (man-made) and sociodemographic environmental factors. We found that counties with poor overall environmental quality experienced higher cancer incidence than those counties with good overall environmental quality.feedback

Scarlett Lin Gomez

We do have to be careful about drawing conclusions from studies of neighborhood factors that lack detailed information on characteristics of individuals living in those neighborhoods because the observed associations could very well be due to attributes of the individuals rather than the environment itself.feedback

Tom Toles

In another display of bare-knuckled, unprincipled ruthlessness, Scott Pruitt of Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has a solution to the stubborn nature of facts: Replace the scientists who assess those facts with people who will tell you what you want to hear. That’s right — the agenda now is to begin removing actual scientists from the EPA’s Board of Science Counselors and replace them with non-academics. The idea is to replace “the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate.”.feedback

Theresa May

Nobody in this house doubts the importance of the issue of air quality. We have taken action, there is more to do and we will do it.feedback

James Thornton

The more we study this appalling plan, the more unsatisfactory it gets. We need to ask ourselves at what point will the government take this public health emergency seriously enough to start protecting our health and our children's futures, instead of the car companies.feedback

James Thornton

The government must, and will be forced to, obey its own laws to protect our health and give us safe and cleaner air to breathe.feedback

James Thornton

This latest plan is even worse than the previous effort, which has already been ruled illegal by the high court. The government should be ashamed of itself. It has dragged its heels for seven years while we choke on illegal and poisonous air; it's been hauled through the supreme and high courts and had to be forced by a judge to publish this delayed plan.feedback

James Thornton

The government had agreed EU regulations to improve air quality but then said it had no intention of acting upon them until 2025. Effectively, they were putting off, for a generation, a law they had helped draft and that would help save lives.feedback

James Thornton

We are facing some very challenging times over issues such as air quality, marine protection and loss of biodiversity. We should take nothing that the government does for granted.feedback

James Thornton

In the case of air quality legislation, the government was saying, essentially, that it had no intention of complying with the law until it felt like doing so. The Treasury was saying it was too expensive to implement, even though lives were being harmed. It was a remarkable intrusion by the Treasury into public interest. The court decided to overrule that effort, however.feedback

James Thornton

We have been told that the EU has warned Poland it must stop cutting down trees in the Białowieża forest or face an appearance before the European court and a substantial fine. I don't know what it is about rightwing governments but they do seem to like chopping down trees all the time. However, in this case, this should stop Poland in its tracks. It ordered the government to come up with a plan to comply with air quality standards by the end of 2015.feedback

James Thornton

Essentially, the judge said he put a very low weight to the government's case that publishing the plan was inconvenient to ministers during a general election and a very high weight to the fact that this law is about protecting the health of the public.feedback

James Thornton

Well, they did publish a plan in time but it was such a bad one that we had to go back to the high court and complain. The court agreed. The plan was so bad it was illegal, it said, and so the government was ordered to redo it and publish in April 2017.feedback

Brian Eno

Once something becomes law, it becomes actionable and enforceable. Shortly afterwards, it becomes 'common sense'. It becomes possible for a small group of people like ClientEarth to use existing legal structures to trigger big changes. The task is pretty daunting but the rewards are huge.feedback

Timo Mäkelä

We have more than 4 million green jobs in Europe at the moment. That is twice as many as, for instance, in the car industry. And the sector is growing very fast: 7% a year!feedback

Tuomas Mustonen

It allows us to grow faster. It allows us to use more experts, for example in engineering, in building the plan for our next machine, to scale up the company and scale up our product, and replace plastic bags quicker.feedback

Tuomas Mustonen

It's the next generation of paper. It's environmentally-friendly, recyclable, renewable, and it's really durable. So, that's the reason why we are replacing plastic with our material.feedback

Tuomas Mustonen

We are a 10-person company. But in two years' time, our target is to employ directly 50 people. And we are maintaining hundreds of jobs in the European plastics converting industry, which is, in practice, European family-owned SMEs.feedback

Andrea Leadsom

Improving air quality is a key priority as we support businesses in building a stronger and cleaner economy. Our plan today sets out how we will do just that - including presenting options for targeted diesel scrappage schemes. But in contrast to this common-sense way forward, Jeremy Corbyn's only solution would be to hit you in the pocket with higher taxes.feedback

George Wittemyer

What we found was that a lot of the protected areas in the U.S. are pretty noisy. As society grows, the sound level does, too. It's just this sort of constantly increasing pressure.feedback

Rachel Buxton

Next time you go for a walk in the woods, pay attention to the sounds you hear -- the flow of a river, wind through the trees, singing birds, bugling elk. These acoustic resources are just as magnificent as visual ones, and deserve our protection.feedback

Catherine Ortega

Not all species respond negatively to noise pollution.feedback

Angelika Nelson

Noise pollution doesn't yet receive the attention other pollutants do. Hopefully the analysis in this new paper will help to increase people's awareness of the effects it can have on us and other organisms, and change how we think about protected areas.feedback

Frances Lawson

The public has had seven years of excuses from government while the medical evidence about the health impacts of air pollution strengthens all the time. The government has not addressed this issue with the requisite urgency and people are suffering as a result. We are looking to provide at least some of those affected with a means of redress.feedback

Claire Holman

I believe there is good, strong evidence that exposure to nitrogen dioxide, both in the long and short term, causes adverse health impacts, particularly on children. The evidence is strong that nitrogen dioxide pollution causes asthma as well as exacerbating the symptoms where asthma is already present.feedback

Frances Lawson

We are looking to bring a state liability claim against the UK government on the basis that it is in breach of an EU directive and that people have suffered as a result of that breach. The fact that the UK is in breach of the air quality directive is well established. We believe we can show that people in polluted areas like London are suffering from the symptoms of asthma in part because of excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air they are forced to breathe.feedback

Jeremy Hicks - Jaguar Land Rover

We, the car industry, accept we are part of the problem around pollution but are also a big part of the solution, meeting the new targets and investing in electric cars.feedback

Jeremy Hicks - Jaguar Land Rover

We've had customers asking if diesel is banned or is going to be. There is no danger of concerns hitting sales - we sell petrol and diesel cars. The problem is this is not a simple issue to discuss, it's the media generating the concerns. But cars are only responsible for about a fifth of the pollution - no one is talking about HGVs and other transport.feedback

Susanna Rustin

The environment secretary has made much of being a mother. So what will she do about the UK’s air pollution – so toxic, experts advise plastic covers on prams?Theresa May has never struck me as much of a joker. But was it with a secret snigger that she offered former banker Andrea Leadsom the cabinet seat of environment secretary last year? Leadsom, you will remember, sparked a short-lived but almighty row, and handed May the premiership, when she told an interviewer that she thought motherhood made her a stronger candidate for the Tory leadership.feedback

Taylor McKinnon

The Ohio and Little Muskingum rivers provide precious water to millions of people in Ohio and downstream states. Pollution from fracking would be disastrous for the people who depend on this water.feedback

Abraham Esteve-Núñez

The result is clean water, with zero energy cost and no residual pollution.feedback

Elisa Simonpietri

The latest scientific research found that only 20 per cent of skin ageing is down to genes; the remaining 80 per cent is caused by environmental and lifestyle factors like climate, urban living, lack of sleep, sun, pollution, diet and stress. These are what causes skin to look dull, tired and less healthy. The Slow Age formula works to strengthen the skin against these lifestyle aggressors.feedback

Miguel Román - Nasa

It doesn't matter whether there is a moon, it doesn't matter whether there is airglow [from pollution or auroras]; we can turn it off, and see only the light from cities.feedback

Mike van Keulen

The more insidious aspect of the toxicity is the ever-increasing pollution load in the world's oceans. They're all connected, and background levels of pollutants are becoming a major concern in even very remote locations. This means that reefs are weakened and can't bounce back from the global events, like bleaching, acidification, etc.feedback

Darek Urbaniak - World Wide Fund for Nature

EU coal power plants will now either have to reduce their pollution or close down. It is about time Europe quits its dirty coal addiction for good and invests in energy efficiency and renewables instead.feedback

Enrico Brivio - European Commission

Air pollution is the prime environmental cause of premature death in the European Union. The European law does not require the closure of Bulgarian plants and will not increase the price of electricity.feedback

Jeremy Pearson

There is no doubt that air pollution is a killer, and this study brings us a step closer to solving the mystery of how air pollution damages our cardiovascular health. More research is needed to pin down the mechanism and consolidate the evidence, but these results emphasise that we must do more to stop people dying needlessly from heart disease caused by air pollution. Crucially, individual avoidance of polluted areas is not a solution to the problem. Government must put forward bold measures to make all areas safe and protect the population from harm.feedback

Jeff Holden - Uber

What started as a simple question – 'why can't I push a button and get a ride?' – has turned, for Uber, into a passionate pursuit of the pinnacle of urban mobility – the reduction of congestion and pollution from transportation, giving people their time back, freeing up real estate dedicated to parking and providing access to mobility in all corners of a city. Urban Aviation is a natural next step for Uber in this pursuit, which is why we are working to make 'push a button, get a flight' a reality.feedback

Federica Bertocchini

We have found that the larva of a common insect, Galleria mellonella, is able to biodegrade one of the toughest, most resilient, and most used plastics: polyethylene. Wax is a polymer, a sort of 'natural plastic,' and has a chemical structure not dissimilar to polyethylene. We are planning to implement this finding into a viable way to get rid of plastic waste, working towards a solution to save our oceans, rivers, and all the environment from the unavoidable consequences of plastic accumulation.feedback

Catherine Haddon

In the end it was a political choice to implement purdah early and interpret the guidance in this way.feedback

Colin Talbot

Purdah rules normally only come into effect when parliament is dissolved, not as soon as an election is called. In this case it is quite clear they have stretched the definition considerably. They have stretched the time limit, it has no legal standing and it seems to be completely selective – they are settling other bits of legislation and government announcements – so I think it is pretty clear they are just using this as an excuse not to put out this particular policy statement.feedback

Jo Murkens

The supreme court said in no uncertain terms that a governmental veto was impermissible – a judicial decision, even one from a lowly tribunal, is binding on the government. If you apply that here you have on the one hand a political convention with no legal weight regulating restrictions during the purdah period, and on the other hand a legally binding decision of the high court. The government should not be able to use purdah to thwart an order from the high court.feedback

Paolo Bombelli

If a single enzyme is responsible for this chemical process, its reproduction on a large scale using biotechnological methods should be achievable. This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans. The caterpillar produces something that breaks the chemical bond, perhaps in its salivary glands or a symbiotic bacteria in its gut. The next steps for us will be to try and identify the molecular processes in this reaction and see if we can isolate the enzyme responsible.feedback

Rachel Shimbles

I'd encourage people to seriously consider leaving London. My quality of life shot up when I did.feedback

James Thornton

Our court case forced the government to come up with new plans to bring down illegal levels of air pollution across the country. Those plans must include a national network of clean air zones to keep the dirtiest diesel vehicles out of pollution hot spots, if we are to stand any chance of dealing with this public health crisis.feedback

James Thornton

We are urgently considering the Government's application to delay the publication of the draft Air Quality Plan which was received on Friday evening, less than one working day before the plans are due. It is far from acceptable that ministers have left this to the very last minute. The Government proposes to delay the publication of the Air Quality Plan despite the clear public health risk caused by illegal air quality. These plans are essential to safeguard public health and they should be put in place without delay.feedback

James Thornton

New plans were ordered by the High Court as a result of our case last year. This is not a political issue but a public health issue. Whichever party is in power, the British public need to see an air quality plan which relies on good scientific evidence and which ensures that people no longer have to breathe toxic air and suffer the grave consequences to their health as a result.feedback

James Thornton

Whichever party ends up in power after the June 8 will need this air quality plan to begin finally to tackle our illegal levels of pollution and prevent further illness and early deaths from poisonous toxins in the air we breathe. The Government has had five months to draft this plan and it should be published.feedback

Anna Jones - Greenpeace

Ministers have had months to come up with a robust plan to tackle illegal air pollution. They have no excuses to delay its publication any further. The Cabinet Office guidance makes it clear that essential consultations can still be launched during purdah, and even mentions safeguarding public health as a ground for exceptions.feedback

Anna Jones - Greenpeace

Air pollution is a full-blown public health emergency, linked to thousands of premature deaths and a host of health problems. If the government intends to use the election as a pretext to buy more time, that would only be a sign that they just don't get the gravity of the situation.feedback

Andrés Cózar Cabañas

Our data demonstrate that the marine plastic pollution has reached a global scale after only a few decades using plastic materials. A clear evidence of the human capacity to change our planet. This plastic accumulation is likely to grow further. We should properly manage the plastic waste at its source. Once the plastic enters the ocean, its destination and impacts are uncontrollable.feedback

Jo Preston

It's a perfect storm of overfishing, habitat destruction, dredging, climate change, disease, invasive species and quite possibly pollution.feedback

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

There was a lot of opposition. It's not easy to convince people to use public transport if driving a car is still quite an entrenched habit. Everybody wants to live in a healthy environment. In my case it's also about my daughter and grandchildren - they are an additional motivation. Modernising old trams, SKM (rapid city trains) would certainly have been impossible without EU funds. The difficulties were in changing some attitudes such as that a car is cool or that smog is not really all that harmful. Even the health minister was surprised that we should be fighting smog.feedback

Jenny Leong

Newtown is an electorate that is made up of some of the most wonderfully progressive people in the country, who want to see a real shift towards genuine protection of our planet and our environment from pollution.feedback

James Pew

There's no way it could ever make that showing when it comes to power plants. It's really hard to understand why the administration would want to do this.feedback

Ann Weeks

The Trump Administration and EPA Administrator Pruitt are again playing fast and loose with Americans' health. Seeking to delay the oral argument scheduled for May 18th serves no public purpose whatsoever.feedback

Graham McCahan

Virtually every power plant in America is already in compliance with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Weakening them would be a serious threat to the safety of our food, air and water.feedback

Griffith Bell

We're still not totally sure why air pollution might lower HDL, but it's possible that inflammatory responses to air pollution might change some of the proteins in HDL, making it less effective at protecting the body from cardiovascular disease. This is still an ongoing area of research, however.feedback

Frank Gilliland

People may want to plan their outdoor activities to avoid areas within 100 meters of major roads and freeways and-or other highly polluted areas.feedback

Martin Barstow

One of the biggest problems in the UK is that air pollution is getting worse. You can monitor it from space over large areas and get a really detailed picture of what is going on across the whole city. Monitoring the earth from space also allows you to look at populations, to look at the environments and how they affect people's health. For example, we know that when people live near trees it is good for their spiritual health.feedback

Dieter Helm

Everyone is repeatedly surprised at how fast electric cars are coming forward, but the political pressure to adopt this technology is increasing all the time. And it's not due to concerns over climate change – it's city air pollution. Suppose you're sitting in Saudi Arabia: until now you've been reasonably confident in assuming that if you don't pump the oil today it will be worth more tomorrow. But if you believe in my view that oil will be worth even less tomorrow, then what do you do? You pump even more now which will take the price down even further.feedback

Anna Jones - Greenpeace

A really progressive scrappage scheme will help kick start the shift to electric vehicles, as well encourage a shift to car sharing and public transport. Even the newest diesel cars are heavily polluting, and the majority aren't meeting pollution standards. So they shouldn't be promoted by government as a clean option in any scrappage scheme. To sort out this health crisis, we need to remove all diesel from our roads and transition to full electric.feedback

Neil Parish

I know there are concerns about the costs of any scheme. That's why any proposed scheme should be targeted and proportionate. It should be a key weapon in the armoury of the Government in tackling air pollution problems. Instead the Government should particularly consider targeting a scrappage scheme at poorer households or those earning less than 60 per cent of the median UK household income. If the Government ear-marked £500million for this scheme, it would take nearly 10 per cent of the five million dirtiest diesels off our roads.feedback

Neil Parish

If the government earmarked £500m for this scheme, it would take nearly 10% of the 5 million dirtiest diesels off our roads. Limiting the scheme to these hotspots could potentially take as many as half of these dirtiest diesels out of these pollution hotspots.feedback

John Higginson

The organisation has a single aim. A plastic free aisle in supermarkets. It's about choice. With concern growing over pollution and health, people are demanding a reduction the amount of single-use plastic - and the choice to buy food not wrapped in plastic. It's not saying that all plastic is bad, sometimes it's very useful. But there is a lot of needless waste. The idea behind the campaign is that people are making a confession, and then vowing to make a change.feedback

Lan Marie Nguyen Berg

It's a long time ago now. Since 2012 we've been talking about how bad (diesel) is for people's health, and people are adjusting to the science. In the past year we've seen quite a big change in attitudes. People are well aware of the health implications now. They don't think children and elderly people should have to stay in their homes to avoid pollution.feedback

Sean Hoobin

We need greater investment in catchment repair so that the next cyclone or flood does less harm to the reef.feedback

Peter A. Nadosy

When we first started talking about this nine months ago, I was very wary. I'm on 10 different boards and investment committees. It's deeply ingrained that your goal is to maximize returns, because that's how performance is measured. I'm on two boards where clean technology and pollution are big issues. We invested in some ventures going back five or six years. They've been money-losers, by and large. They were good people and good ideas, but they haven't worked out.feedback

Julie Morrissey

They'd looked at the effect [of air pollution] on the immune system, like human cells, but never on the actual bacteria themselves. We thought, well, this is really relevant.feedback

Imogen Zethoven - Marine Conservation Society

In nearly 20 years [the reef] has suffered four severe coral bleaching events, 10 severe cyclones and four massive flood events washing huge volumes of pollution into its waters. It can't take much more.feedback

Liz Bowman

We are thankful to the court for granting our motion to postpone oral argument. In light of President Trump's pro-growth agenda, EPA continues to carefully review the broad implications of the 2015 ozone standard and ensure that we are supporting American jobs and protecting human health and the environment.feedback

Seth Johnson

We will continue to fight to protect public health under the Clean Air Act and for the continued implementation of the more protective 2015 smog standards. The EPA has no justification to weaken anything about these key pollution reduction measures, and we'll fight against that. We look forward to having our day in court in the future to fight for stronger protections.feedback

Brett Cosgrove

The chemicals used to dye fabric are a major source of water pollution. We developed a collection of organic cotton sweaters that were dyed using Quebracho Rojo (a pink natural dye made from tree bark) and natural indigo.feedback

Seth Johnson

Smog is dangerous to kids, seniors and asthmatics. The Trump administration is taking the first step toward tearing down a crucial protection against dirty air.feedback

Edmund King

Government and local authorities need to deal with air quality issues in a sensitive and scientific manner rather than just demonising all diesels. We are encouraging Government to introduce a targeted scrappage scheme in urban areas to encourage the faster replacement of older buses, trucks, taxis and other gross polluting vehicles.feedback

John Walke

President Trump is aiding baseless litigation mounted by Scott Pruitt before he was put in charge of EPA over the consensus of doctors and scientists.feedback

Tamzen Isacsson

Industry has invested billions into reducing emissions and has drastically reduced or banished pollutants such as particulates, sulphur and carbon monoxide, while the [latest] diesels are delivering vastly lower NO2 emissions.feedback

Tamzen Isacsson

It is well known that the existing emissions test is outdated, and industry welcomes a new, more robust regime coming this September. This will see cars tested on the road for the first time, meaning that the UK will be part of the toughest emissions standards in the world.feedback

Anna Heslop

With the government's new air quality plans due before 24 April, she has the chance to prove that she can do this. Successive governments have got it wrong over diesel and the current government has had seven years to put it right and has done nothing to address the problem.feedback

Frank Kelly

The car industry knew that, and they still know that. The car industry really has got a major role in this debacle.feedback

Steve Gooding

The real-world emissions performance of many vehicles has turned out to be a far cry from the hoped-for improvements the standards were intended to deliver. Going forward we need a testing regime we can all trust and cars that meet or preferably exceed the required standard.feedback

Greg Archer

We were told by the vehicle manufacturers the [diesel emissions] limits would be met and there was no problem. What of course actually happened was those limits were not met on the road, as the car manufacturers started to turn down the after-treatment systems and cheat the tests. The car industry continues to be as obstructive as they have always been. Nothing has changed. When I talk to people on the boards of the companies, many now see there is a huge change underway, to electric, connected, digital cars and that that transformation is coming very fast.feedback

Frank Kelly

We have now reached a point where we have reached a high level of NO2 and we have now got health evidence against NO2 – it's perfect storm.feedback

Anna Heslop

Car manufacturers have consistently failed to hit air pollution limits for diesel cars – it is about time prime minister Theresa May put the interests of people's health above the interests of the car industry.feedback

Sam Hall

Most Conservatives do care about climate change and the natural environment. They support ambitious environmental policies, including closing Britain's remaining coal-fired power stations to introducing new low-emission zones in air pollution hotspots. There is a clear mandate from its own voters for the Conservative Government to adopt a more ambitious, conservative agenda on the environment.feedback

Eric T. Schneiderman

The law is clear: the EPA must limit carbon pollution from power plants.feedback

Erik D. Olson - Natural Resources Defense Council

If the state doesn't have a program, which is true in most states, and if the EPA doesn't have a program, how are you going to have compliance with the lead rules? Basically, this is the guts of the program that protects kids from lead poisoning from paint.feedback

Julia Valentine

Administrator EPA in a more effective, more focused, less costly way as we partner with states to fulfill the agency's core mission.feedback

Greg Archer

The polluter should be paying, not the consumer and not the taxpayer. But the UK is doing nothing. If the car industry was required to recall those vehicles and upgrade the after-treatment system that would make a sizeable difference to the air pollution problems in our cities.feedback

Edson Severnini

Clearly there was an effect of coal emissions driving pollution and - in turn - infant health. If you compared these effects to the effect of supplementary nutrition to women with a disadvantaged background, the magnitude is comparable in different directions. The ultimate goal was to protect public health, but by not taking into account this response, public health was being affected in another way.feedback

Frank Gilliland

The choices in terms of modes of energy production are important. They have consequences.feedback

Frank Gilliland

I think further research in this area is probably warranted to quantify the other risks associated with the trade off between air-polluting power generation and non-polluting power generation.feedback

Sadiq Khan

The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing. Today I'm announcing bold proposals which are critically needed to safeguard Londoners from our air quality health crisis. Now I urge the government to step up and match my ambition to transform the appalling air we breathe. Ministers need to deliver a national vehicle scrappage fund, reform fiscal incentives like vehicle excise duty and pass a powerful new Clean Air Act to end the toxic smog in London once and for all.feedback

Sadiq Khan

The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing. Now I urge the Government to step up and match my ambition to transform the appalling air we breathe. Ministers need to deliver a national vehicle scrappage fund, reform fiscal incentives like vehicle excise duty and pass a powerful new Clean Air Act to Act end the toxic smog in London once and for all.feedback

Janet McCabe

We know that a little bit of cheating can mean a lot of air pollution.feedback

Anna Jones - Greenpeace

Most people don't realise that all across the country toddlers are being exposed to invisible air pollution caused by diesel vehicles. We were told diesel vehicles were the cleaner choice but car makers lied about the toxic pollution they emit. The only way to make our communities safer is to tackle air pollution head on. To fix this problem we need wholesale transformation on our roads away from diesel towards hybrid and electric vehicles. Both the government and the car companies need to work urgently to fix this.feedback