The Mayor of London has set out his vision to make London "the greatest city on earth" in 2020, rising "to meet the challenges ahead".
One of those challenges is air pollution, which comes in many forms and has been linked to life-shortening lung and heart conditions, breast cancer and diabetes. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is one pollutant that can have long-term impacts on your lungs, breathing and asthma.
The Mayor's Air Quality Strategy aimed to bring the whole of Greater London within legal limits for NO2 "as soon as possible", and ideally by 2011. So will he have achieved this by 2020?
In 2020, using the Mayor's own projections I have estimated that:
In 2020, in your local council of Camden:
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This pollution problem isn't inevitable, we can clean London's air. These are three things I'd like to see the Mayor implement.
Please note, these are my views as an individual Assembly Member and not those of the London Assembly.
Reduce polluting traffic by lowering public transport fares, and by making it nicer and safer to walk and cycle.
Only buy hybrid buses and aim for zero emission (electric and hydrogen fuel cell) buses by 2020.
Bring forward the Mayor's Ultra Low Emission Zone, only allowing clean vehicles into central London.
What do you think about air pollution in London and the possible solutions? Let me know.