Petition Set stricter legal targets for air quality and increase funding for research

The Government’s planned new legal targets for air quality must align with the WHO air quality guideline levels. It should also increase funding for research and development to develop cleaner energy sources and reduce plastic air pollution from tyres. This will also help combat climate change.

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Each year at least 28,000 people in the UK die prematurely because of air pollution, including children. Air pollution has been linked to heart disease, lung disease and cancer, and can exacerbate allergies, skin conditions and pregnancy complications.

Currently we are above the World Health Organisation guideline levels for multiple pollutants. Data from the World Bank shows that 66% of the UK population were exposed to pollution above the WHO standards in 2017.

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