The UK House of Commons has released a new report on air pollution that calls for urgent action by national leadership to bring about a step change in how the problem of air quality is tackled. The joint inquiry resulting in the report “Improving Air Quality” was launched in 2017 amid concerns about the inadequacy of the UK Government’s plan to improve air quality in the UK. The report makes a number of recommendations on the Government’s approach to air quality and how the delivery of the 2017 plan should be improved. Air pollution cuts short an estimated 40,000 lives across the UK each year, costing an annual £20 billion (US$28 billion). Children, the elderly, and those with existing medical conditions are at the greatest risk. The UN special rapporteur recently said he was “alarmed that despite repeated judicial instruction, the UK government continues to flout its duty to […]