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Breathe: Seven Ways to Win a Greener World

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The Ultra Low Emission Zone will expand to cover all London boroughs on Tuesday 29 August 2023 (from 00.01am).

While I broadly recognise the arc he is describing, I worry that opponents of climate action have regressed more than he gives credit.To help reduce pollution and improve the air that we breathe in Tower Hamlets, we’ve introduced the Breathe Clean campaign to reduce the impact of idling engines, installed seven air quality sensors across the borough, increased the amount of cycling hangers and planted over 740 of our goal of 1,000 trees across the borough.” The new grace periods will be available from 30 January 2023 and also apply to the existing zone. The grace periods will apply until October 2027. Antha Williams, Global Head of Environment Programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies, said : "By expanding the city’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and supporting a joint investment with Bloomberg Philanthropies' for Breathe London, Mayor Khan is doubling down on his commitment to improving London’s air quality, fighting climate change and safeguarding public health. The Mayor's leadership to ensure clean air provides real examples for other cities to do the same.” Sadiq Khan is one of the most prominent global politicians advocating for green issues. Since becoming Mayor of London in 2016, he's put the fight against climate change and air pollution front and centre - declaring a climate emergency, introducing the world's first Ultra-Low-Emission Zone, and committing to make London net zero-carbon by 2030.

Khan may now be as closely associated with London as previous Labour mayor Ken Livingstone. And, like Livingstone, you sense he’s aware of every pothole and dodgy traffic light. But the city has changed hugely since Livingstone’s time. Although its overall population is rising, the number of people aged 25-39, and most likely to start families, is falling because of housing costs. Most young people simply can’t afford to live in London any more. Inevitably, this will lead to a city famous for its diversity becoming the preserve of a moneyed elite. Items are left in our cloakrooms at the owner’s risk, and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to these items. We're cash-free Apart from the time we were discussing music at the start, Khan has hardly smiled in almost two hours. He’s been too busy laying out achievements, obstacles and challenges ahead. I feel as if I’ve gone 12 rounds with the Human Encyclopedia of City Hall. But for all the talk of six terms, I think he’s worried about the next election. And for all the braggadocio there is a vulnerability – partly a fear of letting London down by losing, partly a fear of personal failure. Khan is that rare thing: a politician with a mission and vision for the community he serves. You say that you only became aware of air pollution and its effects aged 43, so why don't we talk about it more?An additional 131 air quality sensors are to be installed at hospitals, schools and other priority locations in the capital, revolutionising Londoners’ access to reliable data about air pollution in their local area. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today mark Clean Air Day with a visit to the Royal London Hospital, one of ten hospitals with a sensor in place to monitor in real time the effects of toxic pollution, including high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) which aggravates respiratory diseases. Channel two thirds of C40’s budget to support climate action and green recovery efforts in Global South cities experiencing the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

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