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Ben Judkins
You wouldn't throw a candy wrapper on the ground, out of a car window, or into the ocean, so why are cigarette butts tossed with such indifference? While assisting at a beach cleanup in Northern California, Taylor realised the most common type of ocean pollution was in the form of cigarette filters. This made him mad, then sad, then excited.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
“As mayor, I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air. The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed. Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.” said Sadiq Khan speaking about Pollution. It’s one of the 742 quotes about Pollution you can find on this page. 546 people have said something about this topic. Among them: James Thornton, Gina McCarthy and Frank Kelly. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Philip Landrigan

Until now, people haven't recognized what an incredible hit pollution makes on the economy of a country. Pollution control can stimulate the economy because it reduces death and disease.feedback

Philip Landrigan

Going into this, my colleagues and I knew that pollution killed a lot of people. But we certainly did not have any idea of the total magnitude of the problem, . I think all of us were really surprised when we saw this.feedback

Gina McCarthy - United States Environmental Protection Agency

When you're looking at developing countries, you really have to address this challenge if you want to move people out of poverty and into the middle class. It is holding people back.feedback

Anne Hidalgo

Air pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles is killing millions of people in cities around the world. The same emissions are also causing climate change. In Paris, we are taking bold action to prioritize the streets for pedestrians and cyclists. Working with citizens, businesses and mayors of these great cities, we will create green and healthy streets for future generations to enjoy.feedback

Sadiq Khan

We've got a health crisis in London caused directly by the poor-quality air. Roughly speaking, more than 9,000 Londoners die prematurely because of the poor quality air.feedback

Tim Farron

It's disgraceful that so much taxpayers' money has been wasted by the government trying to avoid producing a proper plan to tackle air pollution. This money could have been spent instead on schemes to improve air quality in our towns and cities. We need radical action now to reduce the thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution each year.feedback

Alan Andrews

The government's insistence on fighting us in court, rather than cleaning up our air, is baffling. The plans produced in response to two court orders show a similar reluctance to get a grip. All we've seen is inaction and delay.feedback

Alan Andrews

The sums recovered from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are a small fraction of the costs involved in bringing these cases, which we have brought in the public interest over the course of seven years to uphold the right to breathe clean air.feedback

Sadiq Khan

I am transforming our bus fleet, getting rid of the oldest polluting taxis and creating healthier streets that will leave a lasting legacy for our children. But I can't do this alone. I urgently need government to step up and face their responsibilities by delivering a diesel scrappage fund and a Cleaner Air Act that is fit for purpose.feedback

Sadiq Khan

As mayor, I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air. The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed. Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.feedback

Stephen Holgate

We now know that air pollution has a substantial impact on many chronic long-term conditions, increasing strokes and heart attacks in susceptible individuals. The implementation of the T-charge is a positive step towards cleaning up London's air and it is showing to the world that it is possible to change behaviours in order to reduce the harms from high polluting vehicles.feedback

Nat Scholz

Coho have not done well where a lot of human activity impacts their habitat.feedback

Jay Davis - Fish and Wildlife Service

The population will crash. We have to act now. And the water quality was so poor that it's killing [coho].feedback

Nat Scholz

If we're going to have people living in these watersheds, we're going to have to deal with this problem. We're experiencing major population growth pressures. We're literally working around the clock.feedback

Gina McCarthy - United States Environmental Protection Agency

Now is not the time to go backwards in the U.S. Environmental protection and a strong economy go hand in hand. We also need to help other countries, not only for the benefit it will bring them, but because pollution knows no boundaries.feedback

Christine Shearer

Record amounts of coal-fired capacity were retired in the past two years. And the growing number of phase-out policies means the trend will accelerate. Improving competitiveness of clean energy, poor economics of coal, air pollution problems and efforts to tackle climate change have all played a key role in accelerating the demise of coal.feedback

Gina McCarthy - United States Environmental Protection Agency

These are the best numbers that we have available to us. And even if they're off by a factor of 10, you're still talking about huge, huge impacts. But they're not off by a factor of 10. It's very clear if you go to other countries and it's clear if you go to some of our own communities that they are being held back because of the impact of pollution on their kids and their elderly. And we have to stop thinking that because we can't see the pollution and it's not as visible that it's not there.feedback

Gina McCarthy - United States Environmental Protection Agency

Climate change is going to exacerbate the very problems that are identified in this article. There will be more contagious and infectious diseases. There will be more lives lost, more injuries, if we don't identify a path that gets us out of the hole that we're in. What people don't realize is the instability that results from poverty, the instability that results from migration as a result of climate change.feedback

Francesco Delvecchio

It's a quiet and simple lifestyle. No crowds, easy to move around, no traffic nor smog.feedback

George Monbiot

The shocking collapse of insect populations hints at a global ecological meltdown. Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention.feedback

Richard Fuller - Bedford

What people don't realise is that pollution does damage to economies. People who are sick or dead cannot contribute to the economy. They need to be looked after. There is this myth that finance ministers still live by, that you have to let industry pollute or else you won't develop. It just isn't true.feedback

Thomas Hugger - Asia Frontier Capital

We are not really bullish on the oil price due to the strong push by China to reduce the air pollution. However, each investment has its price and if the valuation is very attractive (which I doubt) it could be worth an investment.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young.feedback

Marc Jeuland

People should be careful not to extrapolate from the U.S. numbers on net (economic) benefits, because the net effects of pollution control will not be equivalent across locations.feedback

Richard Horton - The Lancet

No country is unaffected by pollution. Human activities, including industrialisation, urbanisation, and globalisation, are all drivers of pollution. We hope the commission findings will persuade leaders at the national, state, provincial and city levels to make pollution a priority. Current and future generations deserve a pollution-free world.feedback

Peng Peng

Guangzhou is moving faster in dealing with air and water pollution. Guangzhou relies more on consumption, which seems relatively healthy, and pays attention to the quality of economic development.feedback

Alan Andrews

It is high time that the government kept up its end of the bargain and helped ordinary people and small businesses make the shift away from diesel towards cleaner forms of transport. There are children in this country growing up in areas with levels of pollution that could stunt their lung growth. We don't think this is acceptable. If the government continues to fail in its duty to ensure legal levels of air pollution, then we will be left with no choice but to go back to court.feedback

David Attenborough

We've seen albatrosses come back with their belly full of food for their young and nothing in it. The albatross parent has been away for three weeks gathering stuff for her young and what comes out? What does she give her chick? You think it's going to be squid, but it's plastic. The chick is going to starve and die. There are more examples of that. But we could do things about plastic internationally tomorrow.feedback

Shelagh Whitley

The air pollution crisis in cities across Europe and the recent diesel emissions testing scandal have rightly led to increased pressure for governments to act, yet our analysis shows European countries are providing enormous subsidies to the transport sector. This study shows how governments in Europe and the EU continue to subsidise and finance a reliance on oil, gas and coal, fuelling dangerous climate change and air pollution with taxpayers' money.feedback

Alan Andrews

These new figures show that this is a national problem that requires a national solution.feedback

Penny Woods

Air pollution effects everyone, hitting the most vulnerable the hardest, including the elderly, children and people with lung conditions. We need strong national policies to support local authorities.feedback

Niranjan Thiyagarajan - Monitor Deloitte

Congested cities, with increased traffic and pollution, penalise car ownership while customers are encouraged to use public transport. Car-sharing sits in a niche between the two and is able to offer the comforts of private transport with the flexibility and economies of scale, driven by a sharing model.feedback

Doug Myers

Trading isn't the silver bullet by any stretch. But if it's done right, it can help us make load reductions at a lower cost per pound.feedback

Kim So-gu

The explosion from the September 3 test had such power that the existing tunnels within the underground testing site might have caved in. I think the Punggye-ri region is now pretty saturated. If it goes ahead with another test in this area, it could risk radioactive pollution.feedback

Sean Raffuse

In the case of large wildfires, it is not that uncommon. It is the proximity to large populations and the wind direction that is making this smoke event worse from a public health perspective.feedback

Ralph Borrmann

The worst air quality would be up in Napa, but other parts of the Bay Area are also getting levels which we don't normally see.feedback

Sylvia Earle

When you're eating a tuna, that's what you're doing.feedback

Kim So-gu

The explosion from the Sept 3 test had such power that the existing tunnels within the underground testing site might have caved in. I think the Punggye-ri region is now pretty saturated. If Pyongyang goes ahead with another test in the area, it could risk radioactive pollution.feedback

Yvonne Constance

We want to hear from everyone who uses the city centre – including businesses, bus and taxi firms and local residents – so that we get the fullest possible picture. We know that there will be a wide variety of views and we want to hear them all. Pragmatism will be an important part of anything we plan, but we have set the ambition and now we would like to hear people's views on our proposals.feedback

John Tanner

Toxic and illegal air pollution in the city centre is damaging the health of Oxford's residents. A step change is urgently needed; the new Zero Emission Zone is that step change. All of us who drive or use petrol or diesel vehicles through Oxford are contributing to the city's toxic air. Everyone needs to do their bit - from national Government and local authorities, to businesses and residents - to end this public health emergency.feedback

Andy Clarke - Asda

We want a future for our grandchildren which is as far as possible plastic-free. We also know that consumers want the same thing and with heightened public awareness of the dire consequences of unfettered plastic pollution, they are fully in support of the industry's efforts to make a meaningful change.feedback

Tisha Brown - Greenpeace

With ocean plastic pollution ending up in everything from sea salt to sea gulls to our seafood, and many shoppers frustrated with the amount of unnecessary plastic packaging they encounter at their local supermarket, now would be a very good time for Asda, or any supermarket, to give shoppers the option of opting out. The great thing about a plastic-free isle is that it could encourage innovation in packaging many different products, and save environmentally minded consumers the hassle of hunting for environmentally friendly choices across the store.feedback

Christophe Najdovski

This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases. Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers...so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030.feedback

George Thurston

What they're considering doing is using some math manipulations to discount the value of health effects that happen from particulate matter, and the way they want to do this apparently to say that there's some magical level below which there are no effects of air pollution. That assumption is analogous to and as specious as saying passengers in automobiles are at absolutely no risk of being hurt in a car accident if they're traveling below the legal speed limit.feedback

George Thurston

There are lots of studies, including my own , that show that lower pollution levels reduce adverse health effects, even when it's below the standard.feedback

Jennifer A. Dlouhy - Bloomberg

The EPA has historically said there is no safe threshold for particulate matter, a conclusion that dovetails with a series of public health studies and underlies a host of other federal regulations governing power plant pollution.feedback

Chrissy Mann - Sierra Club

It's not very aggressive. In other words, the amount of pollution that coal plants in Texas are allowed to produce is actually higher than our emissions from last year from the same coal plants, taken all together.feedback

Hugo Tagholm - Surfers Against Sewage

Deposit refund schemes are a tried-and-tested way of dramatically increasing recycling rates while reducing plastic bottle and other container pollution on our beaches, in our streets and across the countryside. This report now clearly shows that introducing a DRS for England would also benefit local economies and communities, saving councils money that could be redirected to vital frontline services.feedback

Claire Wallerstein

We believe that the Bio-Bead system is far too vulnerable to losses. We are calling for a range of safeguards to be put in place at all plants using it, and ultimately for water companies to phase out its use altogether.feedback

Claire Wallerstein

We understand that Bio-Bead plants have been good at improving the quality of the effluent discharged by our wastewater plants – but this should not involve the risk of polluting our seas and waterways with microplastics, which could have long-term and far-reaching consequences.feedback

Claire Wallerstein

We know that these Bio-Beads have now reached the coast of northern Europe as well as the beaches here in the UK. What we need is more research into the scale of this problem and for a concerted effort by water companies to do something about it.feedback

Claire Wallerstein

We are learning more all the time about the environmental impact of consumer microplastics in wastewater, such as laundry fibres, cosmetic microbeads and tyre dust. However, it now seems that microplastics used in the wastewater plants' own processes could also be contributing to the problem.feedback

Andrew Cox

It provides an infinite pollution holiday. Existing pollution levels will be grandfathered.feedback

Jeremy Buckingham

The Berejiklian government is using the confected crisis of Mt Piper's coal supply to sneak through laws that gut protections for the quality of Sydney's drinking water supply. The legislation goes far beyond the Springvale coalmine and allows any extensions to existing developments in the whole Sydney Drinking Water Catchment to avoid the 'neutral or beneficial' test designed to improve the quality of Sydney's drinking water. It freezes in time poor levels of pollution control at the expense of Sydney's drinking water quality.feedback

Simon Alcock

The mayor has shown leadership on air quality since he came to office, with the proposed extension of the ULEZ, for example, but he can and should go much further. There is a whole range of technologies that can be used to help people move to cleaner transport and reduce the number of vehicles on London's streets. The UK government, which has failed to tackle illegal pollution levels all over the UK, should be working with the mayor to speed up these policies – not holding him back.feedback

Caroline Russell

By inexplicably pushing for a giant road tunnel that would swamp what is already one of the most polluted parts of the capital with even more cars, he threatens to undermine his promising vision for more walking and cycling.feedback

Rosie Rogers - Greenpeace

Tackling the air pollution crisis that's threatening the health of so many Londoners, especially children, will require a far-reaching and ambitious strategy.feedback

Chetan Bhagat

It's a headache that isn't going away. They say the firecrackers increase the pollution but I don't believe that. All they do is kill mosquitoes.feedback

Anais Berthier

Dieselgate uncovered the huge lack of political will to hold car manufacturers to account for dangerous and illegal emissions. To allow industry to continue keeping information on its emissions secret now sounds like a bad joke. This information must be public, so individuals and NGOs can monitor whether car manufacturers are complying with vehicle emissions rules and if national authorities are keeping the industry on the straight and narrow.feedback

Mike Hawes

The UK automotive industry is investing billions of pounds in new technology to reduce emissions and pass the toughest emission testing regime in the world. Manufacturers must, however, guard all their intellectual property, including information on the emission control systems provided to [national] Type Approval Authorities, as this will be commercially sensitive.feedback

Haripriya Padmanabhan

All temporary licenses to sell firecrackers stand canceled. People who had already purchased crackers will be able to burst them. Hopefully they won't do that.feedback

Lilian Greenwood

The Department for Transport needs to harness the potential of schemes such as electric vehicles, clean buses and diesel scrappage which all demonstrate that the transport sector is capable of coming up with solutions to tackle poor air quality. Real change is possible if Government leads from the front to co-ordinate an effective response to one of the biggest issues of our time.feedback

Lai Wei

Gas trucks are both more environmentally friendly and more economic.feedback

Mu Lei - China National Heavy Duty Truck Group

We are seeing a blowout in LNG trucks this year, thanks to the government's policy push.feedback

John McDonagh

If I didn't have proof, you wouldn't believe me. When I first started driving, there was a complete fear in me. I was robbed, I had a gun put to my head and a knife held at my throat. You'd get back to the garage and you'd be rubbing the pollution off your face and arms.feedback

Michael Saul

It's a good thing the courts are protecting Americans from oil and gas industry pollution, because the Trump administration has completely abdicated that responsibility. The methane rule puts modest constraints on a dirty practice that endangers public health and wastes billions of taxpayer dollars.feedback

Melinda Wilson

There are already air-quality problems in the Sydney basin. It's a ridiculous to put an incinerator at this location.feedback

Sadiq Khan

Non-transport sources contribute half of the deadly emissions in London, so we need a hard-hitting plan of action to combat them similar to moves I am taking to reduce pollution from road vehicles. With more than 400 schools located in areas exceeding legal pollution levels, and such significant health impacts on our most vulnerable communities, we cannot wait any longer, and I am calling on government to provide the capital with the necessary powers to effectively tackle harmful emissions from a variety of sources.feedback

Shelagh Whitley

The air pollution crisis in cities across Europe and the recent diesel emissions testing scandal have rightly led to increased pressure for governments to act [on air quality]. Yet our analysis shows European countries are providing enormous fossil fuel subsidies to the transport sector. This study shows how governments in Europe and the EU continue to subsidies and finance a reliance on oil, gas and coal, fuelling dangerous climate change and air pollution with taxpayers' money.feedback

Sadiq Khan

I am doing everything with the powers I have at City Hall and it's now time for the government to step up by introducing a national diesel scrappage fund to rid our streets of dirty diesels, and to give me the powers I need to tackle non-transport sources of pollution.feedback

Christos Ioannou

This is one of the few studies to explore how pollution from human activity impacts schooling behaviour in fish. Previous work has mostly focused on the effect of noise on the physiology and behaviour of individual animals.feedback

Sadiq Khan

The shocking and illegal state of London's filthy air means once again I am triggering a 'high' air pollution alert today under my new comprehensive alert system. Safeguarding the health of Londoners from toxic air is an important priority for me as mayor. I am implementing the boldest policies of any city in the world, which includes introducing the T-charge next month to tackle emissions from the oldest polluting vehicles and bringing forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and even tighter standards in April 2019.feedback

Christos Ioannou

By using state-of-the-art computer tracking software, we were able to measure and analyse the movement of individual fish and the shoal as a whole in great detail. This is one of the few studies to explore how pollution from human activity impacts schooling behaviour in fish.feedback

Daniel Hynes

China's looking to restructure the industry into a much more efficient and sustainable one over the longer term and that means cutting less efficient capacity, replacing it with new technology and less polluting operations.feedback

Ceri Lewis

Many rivers lead into the Arctic Ocean that are often a source of plastic pollution, but plastic pollution has been literally trapped into the ice. Now [that] the ice is melting we believe microplastics are being released into the Arctic. The Arctic is thought to be a hot spot of microplastics accumulation due to the number of rivers that empty into the Arctic basin, yet we have very little data to support this idea in the more northerly parts of the Arctic Ocean.feedback

Jonas Short - North Square Blue Oak

With these production suspensions, smaller producers are the ones that have been wiped out each time pollution or production needs to be reduced. Bigger producers are almost immune from these sorts of pollution cuts and actually benefit as smaller competitors are wiped out.feedback

Ziyad Al-Aly

In our analyses, the risk of chronic kidney disease and its progression was most pronounced at the highest levels of fine particulate matter concentration. This suggests further study is needed for a broader assessment of the global burden of kidney disease attributable to air pollution.feedback

Ziyad Al-Aly

Data on the relationship between air pollution and kidney disease in humans has been scarce. However, once we analyzed the data, the link between air pollution and the development of kidney disease was clear. The beauty of using both EPA and NASA data is that the agencies used two distinct techniques for collecting data, yet the results were similar. This constellation of findings suggests that chronic exposure to air pollution is a significant risk factor for the development and progression of kidney disease.feedback

Ziyad Al-Aly

Air pollution is a previously unrecognized factor for kidney disease and kidney disease progression.feedback

Saul Billingsley

Children from some of London's most socially deprived areas are not only affected by unacceptable levels of air pollution around their schools, they also face compounding health risks.feedback

Nitin Gadkari

We should move towards alternative fuel... I am going to do this, whether you like it or not. And I am not going to ask you. I will bulldoze it. For pollution, for imports, my ideas are crystal clear... The government has a crystal-clear policy to reduce imports and curb pollution.feedback

David Evers

Mercury contamination is ubiquitous in marine and freshwater systems around the world. This study underscores the importance of global cooperation to address mercury pollution.feedback

Lara Clark

Everyone benefited from clean air regulations and less pollution; that's the good news. But the fact that there is a pervasive gap in exposure to NO2 by race -- and that the relative gap was more or less preserved over a decade -- is the bad news.feedback

Dani Mazzota

Out of all the types of pollution that ICL is engaged in, I see this as one we can combat in an easier way.feedback

Kirk Flannigan

We have a preservation and protection mission, and preserving the dark sky and mitigating light pollution is a really good fit for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.feedback

Neil Richards

It's complicated. The way these advertising models subject all of us and our attention to advertising, a kind of mental pollution, is unprecedented in human history. The decisions we make regarding the way that tech companies are a market for advertising affect, in a very real sense, what kind of digital democracy we are going to build.feedback

Julian Marshall

We have policies in place to reduce pollution in general but we don't have policies in place on environmental justice. We aren't addressing the disparities in health risks. It's important that this is recognized. We can't just ignore it.feedback

Julian Marshall

What surprised us is that race matters more than income when it comes to who is breathing in NO2. I just stared at these findings and thought: 'What is going on?' You would think places near highways would cost less. But it's race that is driving this, not income. Urban planners tell us that cities are still really segregated – people live close to people who look like them. We are seeing the outcome of that.feedback

Toby Owen

What lay beneath that smog? Speculation ranged from a global ocean of ethane to a rugged landscape carved out by precipitating hydrocarbons, to a nondescript, gooey surface resembling a refrozen chocolate ice cream dessert.feedback

Nick Molden

The results show further improvements may be required for both the testing regime and for diesels to manage challenges like London's rush hour. Other Emissions Analytics testing shows diesels can be cleaner in normal urban and motorway driving. However, the pace of change, or lack of, continues to threaten the future of diesel.feedback

Paul Morozzo - Greenpeace

The RDE tests should leave the auto industry no room to hide their cars' real emissions. These new tests are not 'real' enough to ensure the most polluting cars are kept off our roads. That car companies are allowed to avoid rush hour traffic when testing in urban areas is a major flaw.feedback

Paul Morozzo - Greenpeace

Instead of wasting more time and money hiding behind tests that still don't reflect what's happening in the real world, car companies should switch from diesel to electric and hybrid technology. Ministers cannot rest on their laurels either – these tests do not solve the problem of air pollution, which makes a ban on new diesels long before 2040 even more crucial.feedback

Mike Hawes

This will provide consumers with the reassurance that manufacturers are delivering on air quality. Criticising this new, highly complex and robust test based on the results of a couple of vehicles indicates a failure to understand the timeline and legal and testing process.feedback

Anant Sudarshan

Right now we spend very little on air pollution reduction, certainly not enough given the costs to society of pollution.feedback

Baskut Tuncak

UK regulations on fracking are complex, split between several regulators and do not appear to be sufficiently stringent. Fragmented policymaking allows for loopholes.feedback

Anna Heslop

This damning report with regard to air pollution is unsurprising but no less shocking for that. The UK has illegal levels of air pollution and successive governments have fought us in the courts rather than tackling it effectively.feedback

Baskut Tuncak

Air pollution continues to plague the UK. I am alarmed that despite repeated judicial instruction, the UK government continues to flout its duty to ensure adequate air quality and protect the rights to life and health of its citizens. It has violated its obligations. The decreasing financial, technical and human resources due to austerity have created serious governance gaps.feedback

Mary Creagh

It is vital the government passes a new environmental protection act as soon as possible to protect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.feedback

Baskut Tuncak

Children, older persons and people with pre-existing health conditions are at grave risk of mortality, morbidity and disability, with magnified risks among the poor and minorities.feedback

Anna Heslop

We are glad the report says the government must listen to the experts, including its own, and develop a national network of clean air zones to keep the worst polluting vehicles out of the most polluted areas of our towns and cities. This should happen as soon as possible.feedback

Hanna Boogaard

The benefits of active travel outweigh the health risk of air pollution exposure and accident risk by far. The benefits of physical activity are just so overwhelmingly large. However, as a cyclist, if you want to reduce the air pollution exposure and accident risk and you have the possibility, we always recommend to avoid busy roads, and taking smaller roads, even if that would prolong the trip a little bit.feedback

Maarten Wetselaar - Royal Dutch Shell

We'll not squeeze out coal overnight, but air pollution is becoming a political problem in China. The priority has been jobs and cheap electricity but, when you cannot go outside for 30 days because of smog, environmental factors count for more.feedback

Fred Jones - Uber

Air pollution is a growing problem and we're determined to play our part in tackling it with this bold plan. Londoners already know many cars on our app are hybrids, but we want to go much further and go all electric in the capital. Our scrappage scheme will also take polluting vehicles off the road and encourage Londoners to get into a shared car to connect with public transport instead.feedback

Chris Large

The speed of Uber's commitment to move away from diesel reflects the urgency of action to address our air pollution health crisis.feedback

Gina Hanrahan - World Wide Fund for Nature

With transport the single biggest contributor to climate change in Scotland, we're delighted the first minister has heeded the call of thousands of people across Scotland to cut pollution from our cars. Decarbonising our transport sector in fifteen years will create new jobs, cut emissions and clean up our polluted air. This announcement will help accelerate the shift to electric vehicles and sets us up to lead the technologies of the future.feedback

Stuart King

The temporary numberplate cameras will help our officers make a fair decision on who can drive through the pedestrian zones and who can't, allowing residents, their visitors, school staff and delivery drivers to go about their business as usual.feedback

Ted Richards

We know that most people do drive responsibly, but it can often be chaotic outside schools at drop-off and pick-up times. The aim of school streets is to create a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone around schools.feedback

Steve Gooding

Many parents juggling the school run and their own commute to work have little choice other than to do the school drop off by car, particularly since fewer and fewer children automatically go to the school nearest to their home.feedback

Paul Whiteman - National Association of Head Teachers

Fines are often a blunt tool for councils to use, and can drive a wedge between parents and schools even though headteachers have no role in administering them. Councils must work with schools and local communities to ensure that roads around schools work for everyone.feedback

Richard Dixon

Phasing out new petrol and diesel vehicles is a big step forward for tackling air pollution and climate change emissions. Setting a date of 2032 puts Scotland among the most ambitious countries in the world on vehicle electrification, and the announcement of an A9 electric superhighway also sends a very important signal on the future of motorised transport in Scotland.feedback

Angela Merkel

Even if these cars pumped out emissions at approved levels, even if this break down of trust hadn't taken place, we would still have the environmental problems we have.feedback

Axel Friedrich

Seventy per cent of air pollution problems in cities are down to diesel emissions.feedback

Remo Klinger

The court cases are already in motion, and Merkel won't be able to extricate herself from the process unless she takes drastic action. Germany only has two options: a hardware update to make sure that diesel cars are fitted with functioning filters, or an outright ban. All other proposals are not worth taking seriously.feedback

Jorge Martin Villarroel

Our plans for the future include turning part of the downtown into a pedestrian-only area, and hopefully acquiring a citywide public bike system like other cities have. We worked with the municipality to get a law passed promoting bicycles, pulling together over 1,000 signatures in support it. We have managed to unite people who ride bikes into quite a lobby to pressure the city and get bike lanes and routes set up.feedback

Soledad Delgadillo

Air pollution drops by 60-70% because 70% of our air contaminants come from vehicles. Our biggest problem is the spike in consumption of drinks and food packaged in plastic bags and disposable containers. It gives us a great opportunity to do environmental education about climate change and protecting the environment, as people enjoy it so very much.feedback

Jesus Romero

I've been riding a bike for 30 years but I can't do it any more because it's just gotten too dangerous. Today we get a rest from the car contamination, which is so toxic for all of us.feedback

Jessica Nieto

Pedestrian day complements the zebras who defend walkers' rights.feedback

Jessica Nieto

We want to reclaim physical activity in an age when young people are so focused on computers and technological entertainment.feedback

Deyanira López

Our city is very beautiful but you just don't see it because of all the cars.feedback

Jorge Martin Villarroel

The difference in air quality is noticeable. It [pollution] drops to almost zero when normally it can rise as high as 100 parts per cubic metre.feedback

Jessica Nieto

We have so many blockades and demonstrations, we want to encourage a positive citizen takeover of the streets.feedback

Jesus Romero

We really enjoy that it is so quiet and peaceful without any cars around, and that's there's space in the streets for the kids to play.feedback

Bryan Parras

I grew up here and I remember being sick all the time. I'm still pretty fucked up because of where I grew up and live. This hurricane has been devastating for these communities and it's still playing out because we don't know the full extent of it yet. The Latino community here is full of good people. They do the dirtiest jobs and they don't ask for much and yet they are over-policed, criminalized and targeted. These people have very little political power and the city knows it. The real disaster is that they are poisoning these communities slowly, 24-7.feedback

Daniel Cohan

The emissions could be many times higher. A lot of the risks for carcinogens and neurotoxins come following exposure for a long time but the immediate concern is that people in the neighborhoods around the plants, a lot of low-income Hispanic communities, will suffer itchy eyes and throat complaints. The air will be unpleasant to breathe.feedback

Jessica Hultze

This has been bad but it's not going to get better, it'll only get worse. We all talk about how close we are to the refineries but for us there is no hope, we will die with this poisonous air. There are so many people around here with tubes coming out of their noses.feedback

Bryan Parras

It feels like someone has a hand on the crest of your noses and is pushing down on your nose and eyes. You start to get headaches, your eyes start itching, your throat gets scratchy. I noticed it going outside for just a second. And then I realized that the air conditioning was sucking it into the house.feedback

Oliver Hayes - Friends of the Earth

Encouraging the sale of electric VWs is clearly welcome, but knocking £10K off a £32K Golf still puts it beyond the reach of many people driving the oldest, most polluting cars that urgently need taking off the roads in order to protect our children from growing up with lungs damaged by air pollution.feedback

Benjamin Barratt

Air pollution has moved from being seen as an environmental concern to a health concern but it's both, of course. As a health concern people are more worried about their own families and their neighbourhoods so that has led to a rise in people monitoring air pollution for those reasons.feedback

Oliver Hayes - Friends of the Earth

We've been surprised by the high demand for our air monitoring kits. 4,000 people have used them in less than a year, uncovering worrying levels of pollution in urban and rural areas alike. Most people seem understandably keen to learn about air quality where they live, work, or where their children go to school. But more than 70 local Friends of the Earth groups have used multiple testing kits to uncover a more detailed picture of pollution, often in places lacking much in the way of official monitoring stations.feedback

Bob Bullard

They not only have to deal with flooding in their homes, but pollution in water that's contaminated when water floods refineries and plants. You're talking about a perfect storm of pollution, environmental racism, and health risks that are probably not going to be measured and assessed until decades later. The fact is that laissez-faire, unrestrained capitalism and lack of zoning mean people with money can put protections up, and people without can't.feedback

Rupert Fausset

It remains very challenging to scale up river transport and make it sustainable too. But I'm an optimist, so I would not rule out people developing more sustainable systems using new kinds of propulsion and new fuel cells in the future.feedback

Dennis Doerffel

We wanted to show that a more sustainable system is possible – hybridisation is a step toward getting rid of diesel. Ultimately we have to replace existing transport technologies, if they pollute, with more sustainable ones.feedback

Elena Craft

The extra pollution from the shutdowns and storm damage is a threat to the air we breathe. By industry's own estimates, we've seen months' worth of harmful pollution released in less than a week.feedback

Susan Davis

I went to the police but they said it only noise pollution so they couldn't do anything.feedback

Justin Brice Guariglia

I got stuck on a gondola ride with a climate change denier. What's interesting to me is how civilization can transform things in all different ways. I was feeling the physical impacts of years of living in China. The air pollution was awful. My nose would be running black from the coal in the air. I said, What if I can get there tomorrow?feedback

Shelley Yang

Actually, air quality from April to June was among the best over the last five years in Beijing and we still have confidence in achieving the target.feedback

Shelley Yang

Actually, air quality from April to June was among the best over the last five years in Beijing and we still have confidence in achieving the (2012-2017) target.feedback

Gareth Redmond-King - World Wide Fund for Nature

To ensure the UK doesn't miss out on the jobs and investment opportunity in clean, modern vehicles, the UK should up its ambition. Cleaning up transport and boosting home energy efficiency must be priorities for the UK government in the forthcoming clean growth plan. Both measures will create jobs for UK businesses and reduce costs to the NHS caused by noxious air pollution and cold, leaky homes.feedback

Yoshitaka Oishi

We believe this method can contribute to the evaluation of atmospheric pollution in other areas.feedback

Kelly O'Shanassy

For a multibillion-dollar multinational to challenge such a meagre fine shows real contempt for the Queensland and Australian public. If this is their attitude now, what will it be like it they are allowed to construct a massive dirty new coalmine that would contribute to the destruction of our Great Barrier Reef and threaten our planet with more carbon pollution?feedback

Anjali Mahto

Air pollutants include the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile organic compounds (VOC), oxides, particulate matter (PM), ozone, and cigarette smoke. Prolonged and repetitive exposure to these agents can have negative effects on the skin.feedback

June Jensen - NPD Group

The trend for anti-pollution skincare emerged a couple of years ago and has made a significant impact in the prestige beauty market. At first, just a few brands launched targeted anti-pollution products, but now, as the market develops we are seeing more brands introducing products that are specifically designed to protect the skin from pollution.feedback

Yoshitaka Oishi

If the air pollution is severe, the purity is also evaluated by moss ... the change of the moss is very diverse according to the environmental problem.feedback

Yoshitaka Oishi

This method is very cost effective and important for getting information about atmospheric conditions. Mosses are a common plant in all cities so we can use this method in many countries ... they have a big potential to be bioindicators.feedback

Stephen Marsh-Smith

If you're trying to restore a river, you cannot have frequent pollution dumps with fish dying. It can take up to 10 years to recover. Poor regulation and enforcement by government is allowing this to happen.feedback

Mark Lloyd

Other processes such as waste management, sewerage and chemical plants have rightly been very heavily regulated to reduce their pollution significantly in recent decades, but agriculture seems to enjoy special status, in spite of the billions of pounds of taxpayers' money being spent on subsidies.feedback

Doug Parr - Greenpeace

Trees can help deliver a whole suite of public benefits simultaneously by absorbing climate-warming CO2, helping to combat air pollution in towns and cities, contributing to flood prevention by trapping more water on hilltops and slowing run-offs, and providing habitats for wildlife.feedback

Arati Chauhan

It was shocking to see how the dog's white fur had turned completely blue. We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.feedback

Elisa Simonpietri

Women's expectations of how they want to look as they age have changed. We are no longer fixated with wrinkles – radiant skin is the new measure of youth. The trend is to take more of a long-term view with a self-care attitude. To consider environmental and lifestyle factors like climate, sun, pollution, diet and stress.feedback

Cindy Grant

There's many risks associated with their presence, for sure. Pollution, and they could have some accident.feedback

Nicola Rivers

Australia's air pollution laws are weak, outdated, poorly monitored and inadequately enforced.feedback

Neena Modi

These new data provide further evidence that current policies are not merely failing to tackle health, but are making matters worse. Incremental improvement in population health and wellbeing requires clear, sustained focus and determination. Yet perverse fragmentation of healthcare, growing diversion of funds into for-profit providers, and seemingly deliberate alienation of the health workforce, have been plain to see in recent months. There has been a failure to tackle the scandal of junk food, curb air pollution, and deliver preventive healthcare.feedback

Eric Schaeffer

If this drop-off in environmental enforcement continues, it will leave more people breathing more air pollution or swimming in waterways with more waste.feedback

Scott Partridge - Monsanto

More than 40 years ago, the former Monsanto voluntarily stopped production and sale of PCBs prior to any federal requirement to do so. At the time Monsanto manufactured PCBs, they were a legal and approved product used in many useful applications. Monsanto has no liability for pollution caused by those who used or discharged PCBs into the environment.feedback

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