The prime minister must stand up for ordinary car drivers and stand up to the car industry by committing to a programme of mandatory vehicle recall and compensation for drivers. The government got us into this toxic mess by promoting and incentivising diesel, and high time that ministers took responsibility and started cleaning up. Urgently.
Walking in the mountains of Snowdonia, the problems of the city can feel a long way away. The negative impact of poor air quality on human health is, thankfully, increasingly well-documented. Not only does air pollution contribute to thousands of early deaths, it also compromises the health of people suffering from ailments like asthma.
In the UK, we have largely built our towns and cities, so a better question might be: 'How could we enhance our cities by overlaying a digital layer?' This layer, spread over the physical, helps us to understand our cities better and create services that allow citizens to interact with the city - and each other - differently.
Based on existing mouse models, one would predict that developmental exposure to air pollution could increase risk for Alzheimer's disease. This is an important piece of the scientific puzzle that we'd like to better understand.
The UK government has now received as final warning over repeated breaches of air pollution limits in sixteen areas. This comes after 220 doctors warn...
So, what is the world's next technology game changer? The answer is autonomous, electric vehicles and a step-change might be just around the corner. This will impact not only passenger transport but also how goods are moved around cities and how a more flexible, connected energy network is achieved.
Now is the perfect time to achieve this goal. Commuters are more able than ever to forgo transport and embrace emissions-free travel, whether it's running to work, riding a Boris Bike, or using one of the Cycle Super Highways. London is culturally ready for a shift towards a low-emissions future.
Today we've had confirmation that a monitoring station in Brixton Road has reported that the annual legal safe levels of nitrogen dioxide were exceeded within the first five days of the year. Sadly this is no surprise to us at City Hall, and it is why our mayor, Sadiq Khan, has had to take urgent and hard-hitting measures to help halt the rise of London's filthy air pollution.
It is essential that the Mayor delivers on his promise to clean up London's air and that the national Government backs him. While London has the worst air pollution, this is a national problem which requires a national solution.
Let's be clear, we are faced with a crucial choice: exposing an entire generation to the potentially irreversible impacts of air pollution or continuing to run our cities on diesel. I am on the side of doctors on this one--and so should be you.
I sympathise entirely with Khan's attempt to tackle something which his predecessor Boris Johnson actively suppressed while in office. And as a fellow asthma-sufferer, I think that his intention is genuine and that the gesture couldn't come sooner. There are handy websites and apps now which monitor the levels of air pollution - but they inevitably place the onus on individuals to avoid breathing in toxic air rather than the causing factors of pollution. By aiming policy at individuals, this falls short of the drastic overhaul of London's dirty air we need urgently.
It's an old adage - 'actions speak louder than words'. In politics, as in life, the government should be judged on what it actually does, not what its...
Toxic levels of air pollution are predicted to continue for at least another nine years. In this time, long-term damage will be done to millions of children's lungs. Pollution reduces children's lung growth, it irritates their airways and makes conditions like asthma worse.
The shops are full of it, the adverts have started and if you were one of the reported one million families who were in Oxford Street last weekend, you'll know that the lights are up and on. Christmas is well and truly on its way.
The Government has made a positive start in improving air quality and encouraging green alternatives. But it needs to be more ambitious. It should drive forward this agenda whatever the outcome of the court case.
Last week, ordinary Londoners from all walks of life and from the north, south, east and west of the city got together to help put a stop to unneces...