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Time for the government to get tough on air pollution

17:15 06 September 2016

Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution

Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution

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A new study has linked air pollution with Alzheimer’s Disease

Yet more evidence emerged this week of the harmful effects of air pollution, with scientists suggesting a possible link to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tiny particles of iron oxide known as magnetite, suspected to have been emitted from vehicle engines, power stations or open fires, were found in the brains of people from Manchester and Mexico City.

While a link between magnetite and Alzheimer’s has not been established, large quantities have been found in the brains of those with condition.

Although the authorities are beginning to get their act together on air pollution, more needs to be done to reduce harmful emissions.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged £11 million to combat the problem, and has proposed a toxicity charge targeting the dirtiest vehicles on the capital’s roads.

But with the cost of public transport continuing to soar across the UK, there are too few incentives for motorists to leave their cars at home more often.

As many as 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are linked to air pollution, and evidence of its harm continues to mount.

The government needs to take definitive action to cut emissions and stop this silent killer in its tracks.

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