Air necessities: place-based solutions to a pollution crisis

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Follett, Tom
Date of publication
1 February 2017
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This paper looks at how cities and local authorities, with support from the Government, can act intelligently to tackle air pollution as soon as possible.

Air pollution has resurfaced on the political agenda a number of times over the past 50 years, with Parliament passing Clean Air Acts in 1956, 1968 and 1993, each time responding to changes in the main sources of pollution.

This report includes case studies of clean air initiatives from around the country, and provides three priorities for action which include clean air zones and transitioning to low-emission vehicles.

The onus is on cities to create plans that can meet the health and economic challenge within a short time-frame, and identify how national government can support them in doing so.

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