Why Ireland needs a Clean Air Act
Exactly two years ago I gave a lecture on behalf of the Asthma Society on the subject of Air Pollution in Ireland. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzVfUgNJTVw) I was highly critical of both the EPA and the government for not mounting an adequate air monitoring programme or introducing a Clean Air Act to replace the not fit for purpose Air Pollution Act (1987). The rest is history….
We breathe to live and to do so we inhale and exhale around 11,000 litres of air every day.
Increasingly, people throughout the world are becoming rightly concerned about how “clean” their air is. While the United Nations declares access to clean water a fundamental human right, there is no such declaration for clean air. There should be. But to get to that point requires us to understand what we mean by Clean Air and what risks “Dirty Air” present to all forms of life on Earth.
The most obvious risks
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