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I have raised concerns like this before on this very blog site in relation to HGV’s accessing the Port of Liverpool. Bootle in particular is a concern for air pollution locally but we are kidding ourselves if we think that it is not a problem for us all. The inside of own vehicles is often an air pollution hot spot as the air circulation systems suck pollutants in. You can help to reduce this problem by recirculating the air in your vehicle but you need to try to anticipate where and when to do this. I do it when I realise I am coming up behind a HGV or diesel taxi for instance.
The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
This thoughtful piece is worth a read because it does look like we were conned about the ‘benefits’ of diesel cars.
I for one was taken in and had a couple of diesel powered cars, maybe you were too?
Air quality and recycling goals at risk
Lib Dem Cllr. Simon Shaw (Birkdale Ward – Sefton Council) promoting recycling
The Guardian claims to have seen leaked documents that show EU plans to tackle air pollution and make countries recycle more of their rubbish are to be scrapped. The paper says that the initiatives at risk are a clean air directive designed to reduce the health impacts from air pollution caused by vehicles, industry and power plants, and a waste directive that would set states the target of recycling 70% of waste by 2030.
The Guardian carried this story recently