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Climate change isn't inevitable. We have the knowledge, skills and technologies to get ourselves out of this difficult situation. All over the world people have woken up to the threat, and are working to reduce the use of fossil fuels, stop rainforest destruction and get power from clean energy. Still much more needs to be done.

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Open letter to Sadiq Khan from London's headteachers

Posted by Neil Jones — 23 January 2017 at 10:17am - Comments
Children crossing a road near a red London bus
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Dear Sadiq Khan,

We are headteachers who represent schools from across London. Our schools are in areas where our children and young people are being forced to breathe some of the most toxic air in London, and the country as a whole.

We welcome the bold commitments you have made to clean up London’s air.

Fiat and Renault: An industry in crisis

Posted by Emily Randall — 14 January 2017 at 1:54pm - Comments
Renault and fiat logos
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The car industry is under the spotlight this week. Fiat are facing accusations of cheating on diesel emissions by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Like Volkswagen it is about using technology that hides the true impact and damage their cars are doing. The accusations came just a day after Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in over 500,000 vehicles and received fines of $4.3bn.

Fiat accused of cheating on diesel emissions - Greenpeace reaction

Last edited 12 January 2017 at 6:02pm
12 January, 2017

Responding to reports that Fiat Chrysler has been accused of cheating on diesel emissions by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Areeba Hamid, clean air campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:

‘How many nails in the coffin does diesel need? Just a day after Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in over 500,000 vehicles and received fines of $4.3bn, these are serious charges against Fiat which show that this industry is in crisis.

Mary Poppins in air pollution mask over Westminster
Mary Poppins in air pollution mask over Westminster to highlight air pollution

Up where the air isn’t clear

Posted by Emily Randall — 6 January 2017 at 11:22am - Comments
Mary Poppins in air pollution mask over Westminster to highlight air pollution
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Mary Poppins in air pollution mask flies over Westminster to highlight air pollution in the UK

Children’s hero Mary Poppins is back. But the air isn’t clear as she makes her descent - she has to wear an air pollution mask to cut through the toxic fumes.

Open letter to Sadiq Khan: we need a diesel-free London

Posted by Emily Randall — 12 December 2016 at 12:48pm - Comments
Close up of car exhaust pipe in Birmingham UK
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Subject: Diesel Free London

Dear Mayor Sadiq Khan,

2016 has been a year full of air pollution lowlights. The UK has the second highest number of premature deaths in Europe owing to bad air quality. London has suffered multiple high air pollution episodes. And the national government has been defeated in the high court for failure to deal with air quality issues. There has never been a more urgent time to take action.

Close up of car exhaust pipe in Birmingham UK

Writing off diesel

Posted by Areeba Hamid — 25 November 2016 at 3:25pm - Comments
Boudica Air Pollution Mask Action in London
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Boudica Air Pollution Mask Action in London

Every conversation about reducing urban air pollution revolves around how to cut down traffic, put charges on polluting vehicles to phase them out, introduce a targeted scrappage to help people get out of dirty cars into better alternatives, and put rules in place that will help reduce emissions from other polluting sources such as industry and construction. 

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