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HOW SCOTLAND IS FACING AIR POLLUTION

Data reveal that Glasgow is not expected to comply with air pollution safety limits until 2025, while Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and other conurbations won't meet the limits until 2020.These findings show that Scotland is failing to reach the objectives posed by air pollution law.

Related to that, environmental groups has warned about the alarming consequences of this situation, stressing the lack of adequate measures to address climate change related issues.

Estimates point out that toxic particles from vehicle exhausts are caused the death of at least 1600 people a year in Scotland, and 166,000 a year across Western Europe. These dangerous particles can provoke heart attacks, aggravate lung diseases and cause infections, experts say.

The UK government approved an air pollution law that required to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide gas in cities, below safety limits by 2010. Thus, due to severe difficulties to meet this target, the government applied for extensions until 2015. However, it is likely that these results will not be achieved.

In this context, the European Commission has launched a legal action against the UK in February.

Furthermore, official projections of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) show that the Glasgow urban area is not expected to comply with pollution standards until 2025, worsening the UK situation.

In this way, environmentalists suggests that the government need to undertake stricter measures and concrete actions to tackle pollution from road traffic, reducing the risks for human health.

To address these critiques, the Scottish Government has explained its commitment to cut air pollution, stressing its strong cooperation with local authorities to significantly improve air quality.

 

The gLAWcal Team

The EPSEI project

Friday, 25 July 2014

(Source: Herald Scotland)