Campaign calls on would-be mayors to clean up London’s smog

A campaign group has called on London’s mayoral candidates to include legal frameworks to reduce pollution in the capital. Clean Air in London has warned current Mayor Boris Johnson that […]

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By Tom Gibson

A campaign group has called on London’s mayoral candidates to include legal frameworks to reduce pollution in the capital. Clean Air in London has warned current Mayor Boris Johnson that he is “well behind on this key election issue.”

Pollution in parts of London averages over twice World Health Organisation maximum recommended levels and Boris Johnson estimated there were around 4,300 premature deaths in London in 2008 that were attributable exposure to dangerous airborne particles.

Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said:”London is back where we thought it was during the Great Smog of 1952… The Mayor must protect the health of Londoners and ensure full compliance with UK and European air quality laws throughout London.

Scientists have recently warned of a “Summer Smog” could affect the Olympics in London this year if air quality measures aren’t taken.