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<p>Figures show that <a href="/topic/air-pollution">air pollution</a> fell by 60 to 70% in 2020 as a result of the first lockdown</p>
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Talking Point: Should councils have more power to restrict traffic?

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UK

PM urged to set tougher pollution targets in law in wake of schoolgirl’s death

A coroner’s report in the case of Ella Kissi-Debrah recommends stricter legally binding targets for particulate matter pollution to reduce deaths.
UK

Action on air pollution needed immediately, says Ella Kissi-Debrah’s mother

Ella Kissi-Debrah died of a fatal asthma attack eight years ago after being exposed to toxic air.
UK

Air pollution and the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah: key questions answered

The nine-year-old London schoolgirl died from an asthma attack in 2013.
London

‘I fear I’ll have to move to save my other children from dirty air’

A landmark inquest is taking place  to establish whether pollution in  London caused the death of a  nine-year-old. Katie Strick reports

London

Asthma victim’s mother: “Air pollution is forcing us to move house”

As a fresh inquest launches into the role of air pollution in her daughter’s death, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah tells Katie Strick why she wants answers and how lockdown’s cleaner air brought her mixed feelings 

The Air We Breathe

Ulez extension 2021: What will it mean for London's air pollution?

The new extended ultra low emissions zone comes in next year. Nicola Slawson hears from people who will be affected

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London pollution adds to risks for pregnant women

Mothers, doctors and campaigners are calling for more action on London’s dirty air. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the capital, they explained the dangers of air pollution

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Explainer: the danger of tiny particles

Beware: air pollution could harm your baby even before it is born, experts say

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Loved lockdown cycling? Here’s how we can stay on our bikes

More of us are cycling around the city — but will that continue as we return to the office?

The Air We Breathe

The schools beating dirty air by making streets traffic-free

Schools are trying to reduce the impact of dirty air on children’s health by temporarily closing streets to cars

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3,800 deaths in London caused by air pollutant, study finds

Campaigners are urging councils to charge people to drive in cities and ban wood burning stoves

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What dangerous pollution do cars emit?

These are the deadly pollutants emitted from our vehicles

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How Low Emission Bus Zones and electric fleets are reducing pollution

An evaluation of the zones found emissions of NO2 and NO were down by an average of 90 per cent

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How much pollution do we breathe in on our commute?

This is what's in the dirty air we are exposed to as we travel - and what we can do to make it cleaner

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What is PM2.5 and what does it do to the lungs?

Did you know much of London's pollution is invisible?

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What impact do wood burners have on our health?

They seem natural but a wood-burner can emit more polluting particles than a diesel lorry, say scientists

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How to make your wood-burning stove less harmful to your health

Worried about the pollution caused by your solid-fuel burner? Here are some solutions

Homes & Property

The best new purifiers for clean air and a healthy home this winter

These new smart air purifiers can filter out dust, pollens, mould and germs.
Interiors

The best new purifiers for clean air and a healthy home this winter

These new smart air purifiers can filter out dust, pollens, mould and germs.

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How London's air pollution is impacting people with asthma

Pollution can be particularly dangerous for people with breathing problems. That’s why charities are campaigning to change the law

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How does air pollution affect our lungs – and bodies?

A recent report found dirty air can impact every human cell

Skincare

The best anti-pollution skincare products

Shield your skin from the great outdoors with these protective formulas

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Are e-bikes the new transport trend?

Research shows the number of new riders are rising each week

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Why the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks of air pollution

Cyclists should still choose routes with better air quality, expert advises

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How has lockdown affected London's air quality?

Lockdown has seen a drop in some pollutants around the capital. Can that continue?