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City slashes toxic air by almost half Data confirms nitrogen dioxide levels across the Square Mile have been cut by 42 percent over past five years TOXIC air po lution in the City has a public health crisis in the capital, fa len by almost half in five years, and the latest WHO guidelines new figures have revealed, writes show that it has a greater impact on Joe Talora, Local Democracy health than previously thought. Reporter. “Our plans are focused on Data from the City of London continued improvement in air Corporation and confirmed by quality year on year. We wi l take three air quality monitorin groups bold and practical actions to has found tha the level of nitrogen eradicate toxic air, raise community dioxide in the Square Mile has fa len awareness and reduc exposure in by 42 percent since 2016. the Square Mile and City and wider The drastic fa l in po lution has London.” been put down to air quality measures such as the Ultra-Low Emission London Sadiq Khan said: “We’re A spokesperson for Mayor of Zone and Congestion Charge, as pleased that air quality in central we l as a decrease in traffic during London, including the City, has much of the COVID-19 pandemic. improved so significantly over the But Keith Bo tomley, chair of last five years. Working closely the City of London Corporation’s together, the Mayor and City of has also delivered cleaner buses In September, the World environment services commi tee, London Corporation have taken and zero emission capable taxis Health Organisation tightened its has said there is “sti l a lot of work to innovative action including delivering a Zero Emission Street along quality in the City and for mi lions of tion fo lowing a growing body which have also helped improve air guidelines around PM2.5 po lu- do” as the City aims to achieve net zero carbon for its own operations Beech Street to help improve local Londoners.” of evidence about the negative by 2027 and net zero for the whole air quality. Fo lowing the publication of the impacts that particulate ma ter has Square Mile by 2040. “The Mayor has delivered the new figures, the City of London on human health. Bo tomley said: “These statistics world -leading Ultra Low Emission Corporation revealed plans to A City Ha l report from that month show a very welcome improvement Zone – first in Central London and commission new research into the found that 98 percent of schools in in air quality bu there i sti l a lot of now expanded up to the North effects of particulate ma ter po lution – or PM2.5 – in the Square Mile. levels exceed WHO London are in areas where PM2.5 work to do. Air po lution remains and South Circular. The Mayor limits. London Live, The Capital’s TV Channel For Great Entertainment Freeview 8 Sky 117 Virgin 159

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