Cars don’t just choke our children – they tear a hole in our communities | George Monbiot

Cars don’t just choke our children – they tear a hole in our communities | George Monbiot
A chance has emerged to press the UK government into action over deadly pollution – and I don’t mean just the fumes from diesel engines. We must take it

The government’s defeat in the high court last week was devastating – but I’m not talking about the Brexit judgment. The environmental lawyers ClientEarth sued it over air pollution for the second time, and for the second time they won. After trying every trick in the book to continue poisoning the British population, the government will now have to take action.

This will mostly consist of designating more clean-air zones, in which diesel engines will be restricted. After 18 years of promoting diesel, that’s quite a reversal. In several city centres, we will be entitled to inhale the attar of roses and essence of orange blossom that wafts out of petrol engines. Outside the clean air zones, you are politely requested to die quietly.

This court judgment will force the government to pay attention, but its response will be piecemeal and faint

Related: Make central London diesel-free to solve air pollution crisis – report

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Source: Guardian Transport

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