Tackle UK’s killer toxic air before waging war on ocean plastic

If only environment secretary Michael Gove’s enthusiasm to curb plastic pollution extended to more pressing environmental issues, says Olive Heffernan

Two things are almost certain to happen soon. UK environment secretary Michael Gove, moved to urgent action, will publish a plan to tackle plastic pollution. At about the same time, the annual limits on toxic air will be passed in at least one part of London – even though it’s only January – and be largely ignored by government.

In the first case, a staggering 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the oceans every year, ensnaring and drowning marine animals as well as contaminating theTo continue reading this premium article, register or login for free for unlimited access. Existing users, please log in.

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