Sadiq Khan issues 'very high' air pollution alert in London

Jan 24, 2017 · itv.com

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The very first 'very high' pollution alert has been issued in London by mayor Sadiq Khan.

The warnings are being issued at bus stops, tube stations and roadsides in London.

Episodes of pollution with high concentrations occur a few times per year in London, but very high pollution episodes are rare.

This is the highest level of alert and everyone - from the most vulnerable to the physically fit - may need to take precautions to protect themselves from the filthy air.

The government urgently need to do their bit. They need to devolve more powers to London and introduce a national diesel scrappage scheme to rid our streets of the dirtiest vehicles. They also need to reform vehicle excise duty and bring in a new Clean Air Act that finally tackles this problem and means that Londoners don’t have to be afraid of the air we breathe.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

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