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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
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Sep 19 2017
“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.” said Sadiq Khan speaking about Pollution. It’s one of the 669 quotes about Pollution you can find on this page. 499 people have said something about this topic. Among them: James Thornton, Frank Kelly and Oliver Hayes. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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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

Daan Roosegaarde

We're ambitious. This is not meant as a one-off, artistic project. Thinking about millions and millions of these bikes, we can really have an impact on the air quality index of a city.feedback

Frank Kelly

The government's plan does not go nearly far enough... our cities need fewer cars, not just cleaner cars.feedback

Frank Kelly

By 2050, nearly two-thirds of the world's population will live in urban areas. How we manage and plan for growing urbanisation will be key to so many global aspirations from improving air quality and human health, maintaining economic success and combatting climate change.feedback

Frank Kelly

Encouragingly, attitudes toward car ownership do appear to be changing, with younger Londoners increasingly replacing little-used vehicles with car club membership and ride-sharing apps.feedback

Frank Kelly

While governments don't currently pay much attention to particulate matter, it is in fact highly polluting, with strong links to cardiopulmonary toxicity.feedback

Oliver Hayes - Friends of the Earth

Electric cars are critical in the fight against climate change and deadly air pollution, but they're not a panacea. We must now build the infrastructure that reassures ordinary people that cycling and walking is safe, and invest in public transport that is consistently clean, cheap and reliable.feedback

Dustin Benton

It is depressing to visit a beach that is covered in plastic and downright scary to learn that the seafood you are eating might be contaminated by plastic pollution. The popularity of the microbeads ban and plastic bag charge shows the public is up for tackling these problems.feedback

Boyan Slat

Some love the "moonshot" technology of it all, and some love it because they hate the environment going to shit… For me, the intrinsic motivation was the first one. It's not that I didn't care about the problem, but I think the reason I cared was that it was such a big, weighty thing that nobody else was seriously working on. The motivation for me is the challenge, and the major challenges of this time just happen to be related to resources and pollution.feedback

Lori Ann Burd

Pruitt's lawless attempt to delay stronger ozone-pollution protections would have put thousands of lives at risk. It's disturbing how much pressure it took to get this commonsense step from the guy in charge of protecting the air we breathe. We've got to keep fighting the Trump administration's ideological crusade to pander to polluters and special interests.feedback

Bob Bullard

For too long, a lot of the climate change and global warming arguments have been looking at melting ice and polar bears and not at the human suffering side of it. They are still pushing out the polar bear as the icon for climate change. The icon should be a kid who is suffering from the negative impacts of climate change and increased air pollution, or a family where rising water is endangering their lives.feedback

Michael Ramsey

Diesel engines have been amazing at reducing fuel consumption, but the pollution they produce is costly to treat and the arc of transportation technology is bending towards electrification. These announcements, paired with commitments to electrify powertrains, point to a cleaner future.feedback

Stephan Weil

The car industry made serious mistakes, huge mistakes over many years. We will not be able to clear up an aberration that developed over so many years within months or just a few days.feedback

Annette Hebert - California Air Resources Board

We are not just looking at diesels, but we are looking at some gasoline concerns. We're spending a lot of time and effort and resources into looking into all manufacturers' vehicles.feedback

Stefan Bratzel

Software updates are better than nothing, but I have doubts this deal will persuade people to start buying diesels again. The car industry is wrapped up in a prolonged crisis of confidence. It's high time for automakers to make a contribution to get out of this mess.feedback

Lucia von Reusner

This problem is worsening and worsening and regulation isn't reducing the scope of this pollution. These companies' practices need to be far more sustainable. And a reduction in meat consumption is absolutely necessary to reduce the environmental burden. The corporate agriculture sector has shown it is responsive to consumer concerns about meat production so we hope that the largest meat companies will meet expectations on this.feedback

Jason West

As climate change affects air pollutant concentrations, it can have a significant impact on health worldwide, adding to the millions of people who die from air pollution each year, . We also collaborated with some of the world's top climate modeling groups in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Japan and New Zealand, making this study the most comprehensive yet on the issue.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. It's not due to concerns over climate change – it's city air pollution.feedback

Luc Vincent - Lyft

[Self-driving cars] will also mean 80% fewer vehicles on the road – opening up more space for all of us in our cities and communities…[and] dramatically reduc[ing] pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.feedback

Arfon Jones - Plaid

It "a danger in many respects but mainly because of potential pollution of water. I was a prominent member of Frack Free Wrexham and campaigned strongly and eventually successfully to prevent [fracking firm] IGas carrying out exploratory drilling at Borras [near Wrexham]. I was also prominent in lobbying the Welsh government to issue a moratorium over fracking in Wales, which they did, and will continue to lobby them to utilise new powers delegated to them over energy to ban fracking in line with other European countries.feedback

Richard Fu - Amalgamated Metal Trading

Overall demand in China is not that bad at all. In general global economic figures are improving, there's supply disruptions here and there, plus the Chinese want to cut metal production in order to tackle pollution and over-capacity.feedback

Greg Clark

The UK-built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite and the success of the Copernicus Programme demonstrates what we can achieve through collaboration with our European partners and the UK's vital role in the programme thanks to our Earth observation expertise. We've been clear that we want our companies and universities to continue participating in key EU space programmes, and through our Industrial Strategy and ongoing investment in the UK space sector, we are ensuring we have the infrastructure and skills in place to support our ambition to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030.feedback

Scott Segal

The litigants misunderstand nuisance law. Commentators have suggested that nuisance law, a relative backwater in property law, is based upon conditions in which there are distinct producers and recipients of pollution. However, in the case of global climate change, a molecule of carbon is literally around the world in seven days. The requisite causation needed for nuisance suits is missing and unprovable.feedback

Roland Geyer

Roughly half of all the steel we make goes into construction, so it will have decades of use. Plastic is the opposite - half of all plastics become waste after four or fewer years of use. What we are trying to do is to create the foundation for sustainable materials management. Put simply, you can't manage what you don't measure, and so we think policy discussions will be more informed and fact based now that we have these numbers.feedback

Graham Turnock - UK Space Agency

It is clearly important to our industry to stay a part of the programme, We cannot wait until the day before Brexit to get clarity on this.feedback

Colin Paynter - Airbus Defence and Space

Space is not just for geeks, it is part of our national and international infrastructure.feedback

Josef Aschbacher

A system like this has never existed before. The US and other partners are looking to Europe to make deals to get access to this data.feedback

Roland Geyer

Combined with this huge growth rate it makes me very concerned. We should look at the numbers and ask as a society, is this what we want, can we not do better?feedback

Roland Geyer

There is much more attention paid to how plastics are interacting with marine organisms but there is much, much less known about how plastics interact with terrestrial organisms – I would suspect there is something equivalent going on and it might actually be worse.feedback

Roland Geyer

If you take the 8.3bn tonnes of plastic and spread it out as ankle deep waste – about 10 inches high – I calculated I could cover an area the size of Argentina with it. That is the world's eighth largest country.feedback

Carl Holthausen

With the old machines producing 120 decibels, a passing diesel street cleaner can shake the windows of your house. Our sweeper is now at 60 decibels so it creates much less noise pollution for the local community.feedback

Fred Krupp

California is once again showing Washington DC and the rest of the world that fighting climate and air pollution is the right thing for our health, economy and future.feedback

Rupert Hoogewerf

Education and pollution are driving China's rich to emigrate. If China can solve these issues, then the primary incentive to emigrate will have been taken away.feedback

Jackie Trad

But we acknowledge that we need to work on transitioning our economy, and one of the things that we need to understand and know is that the global thermal coal markets will change, they will fluctuate, but they are on a general trajectory downwards in terms of relying on coal. This is an enormous challenge and Queensland does emit a lot of carbon emissions, carbon pollution.feedback

Deborah Murray

We continue to believe that excavation and removal is the only way to really halt the ongoing pollution.feedback

Peter Zalzal - EDF

The court reaffirmed the importance of ensuring that its decision vacating Administrator Pruitt's unlawful suspension of these clean-air protections limiting oil and gas pollution swiftly take effect.feedback

Katie Dykes

Power sector carbon pollution in the RGGI states has declined significantly faster than in the nation as a whole, while independent reports have found that RGGI is creating jobs and generating economic benefits.feedback

Daniel Obrist - UMass Lowell

So we believe the Arctic really is an important depository for global mercury pollution. Once it reaches these Arctic soils, it's building up to high levels.feedback

Toby Willison

Water companies work hard to protect the environment. We have set more stringent targets and we are glad to see overall improvements but want to see more effort to avoid pollution incidents. As a fair and effective regulator we are committed to publishing results, highlighting best practice but also taking action to address any poor practice. While we welcome the good progress being made we will continue to address any failings and will take enforcement action in the most serious cases.feedback

Baskut Tuncak
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

The Peruvian Government must suspend the direct negotiations with companies until the right to free, prior and informed consent is guaranteed, and all environmental damage has been remedied.feedback

Liz Bowman

The agency was not going to meet the original deadline for all 50 states. This administrator doesn't like being outside the bounds of statutory deadlines so he said extend it. We're continuing our work.feedback

Hannah Martin - Greenpeace

Dieter has a well-known preference for gas and has historically failed to grasp the full potential of renewables. At a time when the costs of offshore wind and solar are plummeting this review needs somebody with the vision to grasp the opportunities offered by clean energy to provide jobs, lower bills and slash carbon pollution.feedback

Arnold Schwarzenegger

There are around seven million people dying from air pollution every year. It is government's responsibility to protect the people. It doesn't make any sense to be all worried about, When is ISIS going to come to America?' or all those kind of things, when in fact you are killing in America over 200,000 people every year, when you think about the health care [related to air pollution]. No one talks about that.feedback

Lokesh Sharma

I feel blessed to have been born next to Mother Ganges. I never thought of going somewhere else and settling. Devprayag is a heaven for me.feedback

Martin Taylor - World Wide Fund for Nature

State laws should prevent this but the last line of defence is the commonwealth. If the federal government isn't enforcing their laws, which appears to be the case at the moment, then there is no last line of defence.feedback

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher

If I were singlehandedly writing legislation that only I had to vote for I might write something stronger, but I think this is one that is a very progressive, very positive compromise. And it allows us to get the pollution language that I don't think we could get without coming at the same time as cap-and -trade.feedback

Imogen Zethoven - Marine Conservation Society

Last week the Australian government bragged that the Great Barrier Reef was not put on the in-danger list at this meeting. However, this week the Australian government should be worried. It knows very well that it is still on probation with the world heritage committee. This decision means Australia needs to rapidly reduce carbon pollution and reject new coalmines – otherwise our reef is at great risk of being placed on the world heritage in-danger list in 2020.feedback

Imogen Zethoven - Marine Conservation Society

The Australian government must now, more than ever, rule out any new coalmines and urgently develop a climate policy that will protect our global icon. It must do its fair share of the global effort to reduce pollution.feedback

Chirag Shah

Air pollution is a major risk, and unless we have data we cannot devise ways to control it and minimise its effect. But what good is collecting data if we just keep it in the office and don't use it?feedback

Pankaj Vir Gupta

Anything that was informal, ecologically, was not really part of the imperial plan for British India. That started the unraveling of the relationship between city and river. You could argue the pollution problem is really a perception problem. The minute you remove something, ontologically, from the center of the city, its meaningfulness and significance goes away.feedback

Janice Nolen - American Lung Association

If you have a lung disease like asthma, cardiovascular problems or diabetes, or if you are a young child, a teen or elderly, you will likely be more susceptible to harm. There is also evidence that women – whose lungs are slightly smaller than men's – are more affected by pollution.feedback

Steven Chillrud

Our preliminary data shows that many bicyclists are getting a bit over half of their daily air pollution dose in only 6 to 8 percent of their day during their daily commutes.feedback

Audrey de Nazelle

Exercise actually lowers the rate of inflammation in the body, which exposure to pollution raises. So the relationship is complicated. In highly polluted cities like Delhi, you'll benefit by outdoor exercise for about a half an hour, but after that the risks begins to outweigh the benefits.feedback

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

The Zambian villagers are hopeful that the judgment is upheld and they can move forward with prosecuting their claims.feedback

Chirag Shah

Air pollution is a major risk, and unless we have data we cannot devise ways to control it and minimise its effect, . But what good is collecting data if we just keep it in the office and don't use it?feedback

Scott Pruitt

Just because you provide a time for implementation or compliance that's longer doesn't mean that you're going to necessarily reverse or redirect the rule.feedback

Nathalie Lieven

The draft AQP (air quality plan) is unlawful. It is incapable therefore of meeting the terms of your order.feedback

John Maggs

Most large ships burn heavy fuel oil. It's a residual product from the refining industry, so after the refiners have produced the petrol and diesel we put in our cars, they're left with what is essentially a waste product. It's called residual fuel, or heavy fuel oil. From an environmental point of view, it's bad because of the air pollution caused by the very high sulphur content. The shipping industry, however, has traditionally liked it because it's much cheaper than other fuels.feedback

David Doniger - Natural Resources Defense Council

The court says you can consider changing the rules but you have to do it the normal way, with a comment period. You can't yank it out of existence on your say-so.feedback

Richard J. Lazarus - Harvard Law Review

Changing the rules mid-stream can occur only after a thorough administrative review, including public notice and opportunity to comment, that ensures that there are good reasons for the change, backed up by sound policy and science.feedback

Richard J. Lazarus - Harvard Law Review

The court's ruling is yet another reminder, now in the context of environmental protection, that the federal judiciary remains a significant obstacle to the president's desire to order immediate change. The D.C. Circuit's ruling today makes clear that neither the president nor his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, can by fiat unilaterally and instantaneously repeal or otherwise stay the effectiveness of the environmental protection rules put into place during the Obama administration.feedback

Daniel Rieger

The shipping sector is lagging far behind what's going on on land [in terms of regulating emissions]. Air pollution from ships is damaging global climate and human health.feedback

Fred Krupp

The court's decision ends the continued pollution by the oil and gas industry that's been illegally allowed by Pruitt.feedback

Matt Loxham

One cruise ships emits as much particulates as a million cars, so 30 ships pollute as much as all the cars in the UK. From a scientific point of view, we know that pollution causes adverse health effects even in the short term. On a ship deck, you're exposed to higher levels of pollution so you may get symptons such as runny nose, cough, dry eyes or a higher risk of asthma attacks. For those that are pre-disposed, there may be a higher risk of stroke or heart attack.feedback

Jaime Yarza

The presence of the Secretary of Sports at the meetings concerning the state of the works in the stadium and training sites sends a positive message and reflects the strong involvement of the authorities. We expect this involvement to extend into the area of pollution prevention, which has been an important topic discussed in relation to the tournament, in particular in Delhi. We are now expecting an action response plan to prevent pollution levels from affecting the tournament, which ideally should continue beyond the tournament.feedback

Michael Bergin

China is already looking at tens of billions of dollars being lost each year, with more than 80% of that coming from losses due to pollution.feedback

Penny Woods

These guidelines bring into sharp focus the reality that air pollution is one of our most important public health issues. We welcome the recommendations to introduce no vehicle idling areas, which will help to protect the most vulnerable in our society.feedback

Nick Lyes - Rac

We welcome the principle of no-idling zones, especially outside schools, hospitals and care homes. No-one should have to suffer dirty air as a result of a driver leaving their engine on unnecessarily. Sadly, many drivers don't realise the harm they are causing by doing this.feedback

Paul Lincoln

Air pollution is a major risk to our health, and so far suggested measures have not managed to tackle the problem sufficiently. This guidance is based upon the best evidence available. It outlines a range of practical steps that Local Authorities can take, such as the implementation of no-idling zones, to reduce emissions and protect the public.feedback

Paul Cosford

We need a concerted effort to address the health impacts of air pollution and this report shows there are steps we can all take to help tackle it. Many of us can walk or cycle instead of using the car, particularly on short journeys. We can all avoid idling our engines and drive more smoothly to reduce emissions.feedback

Mark Baker

The battle against air pollution has to be one we are all fully committed to, and our actions should know no boundaries. We need a long-term plan to improve air quality. Our guidance can help us to achieve that.feedback

Paul Lincoln

I hope that this guidance will prove influential in reducing the amount of air pollution we are exposed to every day.feedback

Michael Bergin

My colleagues in India were showing off some of their rooftop solar installations, and I was blown away by how dirty the panels were. I thought the dirt had to affect their efficiencies, but there weren't any studies out there estimating the losses. So we put together a comprehensive model to do just that. The manmade particles are also small and sticky, making them much more difficult to clean off. You might think you could just clean the solar panels more often, but the more you clean them, the higher your risk of damaging them.feedback

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

Brian Christman - American Lung Association

It is clear from this study that there is not really a safe level of air pollution. The Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency have done great work, but the data indicates that additional effort to reduce PM2.5 and ozone would save lives. As a matter of fact, further reduction in PM2.5 below the (federal standard) of 12 micrograms per cubic meter are likely to be even more effective than previous reductions.feedback

Rhea Suh

This proposal strikes directly at public health. It would strip out needed protections for the streams that feed drinking water sources for one in every three Americans. Clean water is too important for that. We'll stand up to this reckless attack on our waters and health.feedback

Tisha Brown - Greenpeace

We ... witnessed plastic pollution in the beaks of puffins, in the waters where basking sharks feed, and even wrapped around the beak of an emaciated gannet. We found plastic bottle tops, bags, packaging, bits of old fishing gear and even crisp packets strewn across the island and surrounding eggs in nests. It's no wonder that studies have shown that 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic.feedback

Michael Bergin

The humanmade particles are also small and sticky, making them much more difficult to clean off. You might think you could just clean the solar panels more often, but the more you clean them, the higher your risk of damaging them.feedback

Eiman Kanjo

Repeated human exposure to environmental pollutants such as noise, air pollution, traffic or even crowded areas can cause severe health problems ranging from headaches and sleep disturbance to heart disease.feedback

Sadiq Khan

We know it causes an estimated 40,000 early deaths in this country every single year. This is now a matter of life and death and the government has one last chance to put it right.feedback

Sadiq Khan

The government can no longer continue to bury its head in the sand about our toxic air. Londoners simply cannot wait ... I urge government to tackle this challenge immediately, because its current air quality plan quite frankly is not fit for purpose.feedback

Sadiq Khan

Michael Gove has a huge opportunity to change course for this government and finally get a grip on the national air quality health crisis.feedback

Sadiq Khan

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.feedback

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