Air pollution

Sometimes a tweet can say it all

At ENDS we are used to condensing heavyweight documents and complex situations into far more digestible material. But I doubt we have ever managed to reduce anything to a mere 22 words.

Simon Birkett, who heads the Campaign for Clean Air in London, managed to do just this on 23 February, in a post on microblogging website Twitter:

Hope @JanezPotocnikEU has seen Marylebone Rd already shows 12 exceedences [sic] of PM10 daily limit value vs 9 by now in 2010

To translate:



Opposition grows to shrinking London’s congestion charge zone

Friends of the Earth has joined other activist groups in condemning the planned scrapping of the western extension of London’s congestion charging zone. Consultation on the proposal ends today.

The extension, known as the WEZ, was introduced in 2007 by former mayor Ken Livingstone, four years after the original zone. The resulting drop in traffic levels cut carbon dioxide and air pollutant emissions, and raised public transport use. (more…)

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