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Professor Paul Cosford, director for health protection and medical director of PHE, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m a doctor, I see a figure of 35,000 to 40,000 people each year dying as a result of the harm that is caused by air pollution.

“And what I also see is that the technologies are available, the things that we need to do we know about, so this is a matter of how we take this issue as seriously as we need to and how we move the technologies and the planning and all of that into reality so we actually deal with this problem for us and for future generations.”

Asked about a proposal to ban cars from the school run, he said: “I do think that if we consider this to be an issue of future generations, for our children, let’s have a generation of children brought up free from the scourge and the harms of air pollution.

“And that does then take you to ‘What can we do about making sure schools are at least as clean as possible?’

“We should stop idling outside schools, we should make sure that children can walk or cycle to school, and we should make sure that schools work with their parents about how they can do their best for this.”

Calling for a culture change, he said: “If we were having a conversation about 30,000 people dying each year because of a polluted water supply, I think we would have a very different conversation. It would be about ‘What do we need to do now and how quickly can we do it?’.”

Edit: Also seen this article from The Independent about shipping's toxic fumes, though that's "only" 3000 early deaths: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/ship-air-pollution-deaths-uk-a...

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hawkinspeter [3848 posts] 5 months ago
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freespirit1 wrote:

For mobile phone use, how about removal of thumbs as a punishment?

That'd be unfair - what if they ever need to hitch-hike?

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... [707 posts] 5 months ago
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freespirit1 wrote:

For mobile phone use, how about removal of thumbs as a punishment?

'Freespirit' for PM ! 

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... [707 posts] 5 months ago
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Jetmans Dad wrote:

The problem with the current laws is not that the £200 fine is not a deterrent, it is that drivers don't think they are going to get caught. You could make the fine £3,000, but drivers will continue to do it as long as they expect to be able to get away with it. 

Yes, that's why I mentioned manpower to police it. 

But whilst £200 would certainly 'deter' me (if I were of a mind to get my mobile telephone out when behind the wheel, which I don't as my parents taught me the meaning of the word 'respect'), I remain convinced that it won't 'deter' someone who spends ten times that on a single tyre for his prosthesis.  

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