‘When we think of air pollution, the image of an overpopulated Asian metropolis covered in a thick layer of smog immediately springs to mind. However, it was the U.K. that recently made the headlines after air pollution levels in London briefly jumped over the levels recorded in Beijing, China.
Since 2010, the U.K. repeatedly failed to address breaches of legal air pollution laws in 16 zones including London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Glasgow. While England’s High Court of Justice ruled the lack of governmental actions to address air pollution violations as illegal in November 2016, few steps have been taken to improve the air condition. Only five days into 2017, the U.K. had already surpassed its annual air pollution limit.’