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

A cyclist on a busy road

Levels of air pollution are dangerously high in many UK cities

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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 the

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New Scientist – Earth

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