Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in the United Kingdom and linked to health problems from childhood illnesses to heart disease and even dementia.
It's important we all gear up for a significant change which deals not just with the problems to health caused by emissions but the broader problems caused in terms of accelerating climate change.
French Environmental Minister Nicolas Hulot said in early July the country would end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral by 2050 as part of its efforts to address the goals in the global Paris climate agreement.
Vincent Tourette, Renault UK boss said: "We've been pioneers in electric vehicles and this news has validated that we got it right before anyone else".
The aim of pushing the whole driving public towards electric-powered cars in the next couple of decades is "pie in the sky", according toDUP MP Sammy Wilson.
Electric vehicle customers receive up to £4,500, while hybrid buyers receive a £2,500 contribution towards the auto. These will include hybrids - these combine petrol or diesel engines with electric motors and are now significantly growing in popularity.
A government spokesman told the Guardian, which said it was given access to parts of the proposal, the move was primarily related to concerns over air quality.
It is to be seen as to how this would affect the present auto makers who are anyways shifting slowly towards making hybrid and electric vehicles.
There is still no clarity on whether incentives for scrapping old diesel cars be introduced alongside the rest of the plan. It's powered by a single 152bhp electric motor and can travel for up to 400 miles between refills.
In April the NI Affairs Committee at Westminster reported that we will need more energy than can be supplied in 2021, prompting fears of an energy crisis here.
Critics are also concerned that it will be up to local authorities to impose tough levies on the most polluting diesel vehicles as soon as 2020.
He said he favoured road-by-road restrictions for diesel vehicles rather than outright bans from town centres or costly vehicle scrappage schemes but did not rule them out entirely if they were local authorities' preferred options.
Though the measure could lead to dramatic cuts in fuel consumption, the measure does little to address the oil demand from airlines and commercial vehicles, he added.
The UK became Europe's latest country to put a deadline on the making of gasoline and diesel fueled cars as automakers like Volvo are racing to make electric vehicles or face being left behind. "This will allow the government to require the installation of charge points for electric vehicles at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, and to make it even easier to use electric vehicle chargepoints across the United Kingdom".
Tropical Storm Don forms; fourth named storm of 2017
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Disney's 'Aladdin' Live Action Movie Cast Announced!
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Palestinian President cuts contacts with Israel
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Wisconsin Republican Party outraises Democrats
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Captain Marvel reveals include '90s setting and villain
Though Marvel hasn't sent official stills yet, several Hall H audience members shared photos from inside the convention. In the regular Marvel Comics continuity, Carol Danvers made her first appearance in 1968's Marvel Super-Heroes #13.
Senate gives early OK to must-pass "sunset" legislation
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