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Michael Gove to ban most polluting wood stoves and open fires

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Michael Gove to ban most polluting wood stoves and open fires

Some wood burning stoves will be banned and restrictions on ammonia from fertilisers could be introduced under proposals introduced by the government to address air pollution. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire.

Stoves and open fires are now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions, according to the Department for the Environment. In addition to cars, diesel-only trains will also be phased out by 2040.

Ministers predict that the measures will cut the cost of air pollution to society by £1.7 billion every year by 2020, rising to £5.3 billion every year by 2030 - owing to savings from public health benefits.

Pressed on whether the strategy, launched on Monday, comes too late, Mr Hancock said: We need to do everything we can to improve air quality.

Mr Pralong said Bangkok recently experienced peak PM2.5 levels of 102 micrograms per cubic metre but the reading yesterday was under 90.

The Government will also introduce new regulations to require farmers to use low-emission farming techniques, as part of the strategy.

"Air pollution is really a silent killer and many Thais underestimate the danger to their health, so not many people protect themselves by wearing a facemask or installing air purifiers at home", Witsanu said, as quoted by The Nation. 'Our ambitious strategy includes new targets, new powers for local government and confirms that our forthcoming Environment Bill will include new primary legislation on air quality.

The UN agency described the Clean Air Strategy as "an example for the rest of the world to follow".

While the air quality has deteriorated to harmful levels over the past three days, Witsanu Attavanich, associate professor of economics at Kasetsart University said the situation was likely to remain at critical levels for no less than another month due to weather patterns and limited wind.

"However, we're disappointed that it doesn't include a clear commitment to adopt the World Health Organization limits for particulate matter pollution in the upcoming Environment Bill".

"The saddest part of it is that children are amongst the most affected because their lungs are still growing", he added.

On Friday her family was given permission by the Attorney General to apply for a fresh inquest, after their lawyers said the original held in 2014 did not investigate the potential impact of air pollution.

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