Published: 21st Jun 2019

Despite over ten years of air quality policy, inequality in exposure to traffic-related air pollution has widened, a new study has revealed. The research, led by academics at the Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, found that social inequalities in traffic-related pollution exposure are ‘clearer and stronger’ than ever before. The study, which updates a 2003 analysis of environmental justice in the UK, found that while young children, young adults, and households in poverty have the highest levels of exposure to air pollution, it is the richer households who are more responsible for it. ‘Policies to remediate pollution would benefit by taking greater account of the differences between those who cause the problems and those who bear the costs,’ the report concluded. ‘It is clear that governments in the UK and elsewhere are struggling with devising and implementing effective air quality … (To read the full article, subscribe below)