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Support for latest Clean Air Strategy development

14 January 2019

Action to reduce ammonia has been announced by the government today, as part of its Clean Air Strategy launched last year.

Action on ammonia was described as "vital and long overdue" by 12 charitable organisations, including Friends of the Earth, RSPB and Plantlife, due to its impact on humans, plants, woodlands and meadows.

Described as "vital and long overdue" by 12 nature charities, ammonia is described as having considerable negative effects on humans, plants, woodlands and valleys.

Reducing ammonia emissions by 50% would save the lives of 250,000 people around the world, said the charities.

Poor air quality has received more attention in recent years and is increasingly recognised as contributing to health issues and premature deaths.

However, studies have shown that unlike other major pollutants, emissions from ammonia  increased in the UK during the three years prior to 2017, according to the latest figures.

The 12 charities have called for more detail from the government to set out the actions required to reduce ammonia emissions.

More than 40 town and cities in the UK have been identified as exceeding air quality limits set by the World Health Organisation, the realisation of which has helped to drive calls for action on the issue.

Poor air quality is now attributed as causing the premature death of 40,000 people in the UK every year, further emphasising the need to reduce harmful emissions in all areas.

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