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London Surpasses Annual Air Pollution Limits 5 Days Into 2017

London Surpasses Annual Air Pollution Limits 5 Days Into 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Under new EU rules, any single location in the UK is only allowed to breach hourly limits of 200 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre of air 18 times in a year, but late last week, the limit was broken on Brixton Road in Lambeth for the 19th time. The breach means the UK has already violated 2017’s annual air pollutions limits just five days into the year. Remarkably, Brixton Road had 17 exceedances in just one day last week.
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Bold initiatives are called on Politicians to clean up UK's air to protect citizens' lungs. 

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New EU air pollution directive reinforces international commitments 

New EU air pollution directive reinforces international commitments  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In the wake of a supportive European Parliament vote in November 2016, the EU Council of environment ministers has also approved and formally adopted a new Directive to reduce air pollution.
Now, publication of the Directive, which was agreed on 8 December, is expected imminently within the Official Journal of the European Union. Importantly, the directive aligns EU rules with international commitments (following the revision of the Gothenburg Protocol in 2012.

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This new directive will set ceilings for each country of the maximum emissions allowed yearly

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The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot

The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tracing the origins of the graphite in a phone, for example, requires finding out where the ­phonemaker obtains batteries, where the battery makers acquire the portion of batteries known as anodes, and where the anode producers get their graphite. Moreover, because there are multiple suppliers at each step and various types of graphite, it is difficult to know where any given batch of the mineral ends up.
Several companies declined to disclose the origin of their graphite. For example, Tesla, perhaps the best-known electric-car maker, uses Panasonic batteries. Tesla said those batteries have never included graphite from the Chinese company BTR, but it declined to identify its graphite source.

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Air pollution drifts across the ocean and raises ozone levels in the western part of the U.S. How safe are we all with regards to this issue?

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