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Britain breaches EU particle pollution limit

Poor air quality in London has made the UK the latest country after Germany and Italy to fail EU fine particle pollution standards. Restrictions in full force since January set a 50 micrograms per cubic metre limit that can be exceeded up to 35 days per year. A 36th exceedence has just been recorded at a monitoring site in London. Environmental group NSCA called for urgent action to eliminate pollution hot spots, higher tax rates for polluting vehicles and more use by local authorities of road-user charging and low-emission zones. See press release.

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