Plantlife calls for urgent action to curb air pollution's impact on wildlife and health

Responding to the release of the joint committees’ report from an unprecedented four-way inquiry into improving air quality, Jenny Hawley, Senior Policy Officer, Plantlife, has called for urgent action to curb the devastating impact of air pollution on wildlife as well as human health.

Speaking on behalf of Plantlife, Europe's largest conservation charity dedicated to wildflowers and other flora, Hawley said:

"Plantlife is disappointed that MPs have largely overlooked the devastating impact of air pollution on our wildlife in the report published today. As well as damaging public health, nitrogen oxide and ammonia emissions are one of most immediate threats to our natural environment. Most wildflowers and other plants and fungi cannot survive high levels of nitrogen pollution, with severe knock-on effects for the bees, butterflies, birds and other species that depend upon them.

"Ammonia emissions are actually on the rise, bucking the trend of all other pollutants, and the UK is on track to miss its 2020 target - yet this has not been tackled by MPs or Government. Plantlife is calling for joined up action across government on public health, farming, wildlife and air quality in the forthcoming Clean Air Strategy and we support MPs’ call for a new Clean Air Act.“

Plantlife has campaigned to raise awareness about the impact of air pollution on plants and wildlife.

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