Dirtiest fuels get the chop to clean up log burners

Dirtiest fuels get the chop to clean up log burners

According to the World Health Organization, each year there are more deaths from air pollution than from Aids and malaria combined; the average deaths every year from these two diseases are around 2.36 million people, while deaths from all kinds of air pollution were as high as 6.3 million. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire.

The environment secretary will also announce the Government is looking to introduce new laws to ban the sale of polluting fuels, which are used for burning on stoves and open fires.

Following a recent increase in popularity, domestic burning on stoves and open fires is now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions. In addition to cars, diesel-only trains will also be phased out by 2040.

Ministers predict the measures will cut costs of air pollution to society by £1.7bn every year by 2020, rising to £5.3bn a year by 2030 due to savings from public health benefits.

Asked about government plans to improve air quality while on a visit to Chiang Mai, Prayuth said the government alone can not solve the smog problem because "everyone has contributed to" it.

"We must take strong, urgent action". 'Our ambitious strategy includes new targets, new powers for local government and confirms that our forthcoming Environment Bill will include new primary legislation on air quality.

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"The authorities must ensure clean air for everyone, or at least they should improve their strategies to protect people from air pollution and raise public awareness on this risky threat to their health".

At the BT Tower on Monday, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said his "heart goes out to her family", and that with a potential new inquest it would be inappropriate for him to pre-empt what that might say.

In February 2018, the government was defeated for the third-time running in the High Court ClientEarth over its air pollution plans.

Breathing dirty air is associated with a host of health problems, from asthma to cardiovascular disease and lung cancer, and all too often it is the most vulnerable - children, older people and those from poorer backgrounds - who are hit hardest.

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: "We welcome this Clean Air Strategy as a step in the right direction".

Reports suggest that the air pollution in many parts of top tourist destination Thailand has reached hazardous levels.

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