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Air pollution is an increasing concern, as recent research has shown the problem is growing and at least 40,000 people across the UK are dying prematurely because of it

London: fatal lung conditions 'more likely' in deprived boroughs

People living in some of London's most deprived areas have up to twice as much chance of dying from life-threatening lung conditions - from cancer to asthma - as those in the richest areas, new research has shown.

Johnson, speaking on Tuesday, denied there had been any cover-up and said it was “absurd” to suggest so

Boris Johnson 'held back' negative findings of air pollution report

The author of a report on how London's illegal air pollution disproportionately affects deprived schools has said City Hall under Boris Johnson held back the study's negative findings, while publicising the positive ones.

Which London mayoral candidate is hiding on the other side of these green policy quotes?

QUIZ: London mayoral election - who said what on the environment?

Was it Sadiq or Zac? Caroline or Sian? Find out which London mayoral candidate said what on the capital's energy and environment in edie's flip cards quiz ahead of Thursday's election.

(L-R): London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservatives); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

London mayoral election: The green policy showdown

With the race to enter City Hall drawing to a conclusion on Thursday (5 May), edie rounds up the environmental credentials and ambitions of the five main candidates bidding to be the next Mayor of London.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas spoke exclusively with edie after featuring in a panel debate about the impact of EU membership on UK environmental policy. Photo:

Caroline Lucas: Brexit is a frightening prospect for Britain's environment

EXCLUSIVE: Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice on international climate change negotiations would be lost if the nation votes to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has said.

New cars could still emit twice (110%) the legal limit of nitrogen oxide (NOx) without being punished

Europe's major cities (excluding London) call for diesel emissions crackdown

The Mayors of 20 European cities including Madrid, Paris and Copenhagen - but excluding London - have called for more stringent regulations to be put in place across the continent to tackle the deadly levels of air pollution caused by diesel vehicles.

(L-R): The London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservative); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

#GreenerLondon: 7 ways the next Mayor can deliver a sustainable capital

The National Trust, WWF, RSPB and Greenpeace are among a coalition of the UK's most prominent environmental organisations challenging the next London Mayor to transform the capital into a world-leading sustainable city.

London is performing worse than any other major British city in regards to solar growth, Greenpeace claims

Next London Mayor urged to ignite solar energy revolution

A London-exclusive feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidy scheme and a new solar taskforce are among the new approaches to renewable energy generation that should be taken by the next Mayor of London, a new report from Greenpeace has claimed.

LoCITY will apply real world trials and research to demonstrate that using cleaner vehicles will not introduce any negative operational impacts

TfL tackles London's air quality crisis with low-emission freight scheme

A new industry-led programme has been launched by Transport for London (TfL), offering increased availability of low-emission vans and lorries in an effort to reduce the emissions of the capital's freight and fleet operators.

Parts of the capital have already breached EU hourly limits for nitrogen dioxide pollution which causes thousands of premature deaths each year

London takes just one week to breach annual air pollution limits

London has already breached annual pollution limits just one week into 2016, and only weeks after the government published its plans to clean up the UK's air.

Most diesel cars emit far more NOx on the road than in official tests

MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution

The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.

If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years

Recycling 'just one thing' could spark London's resource revolution

A new behavioural change campaign has been launched to develop Londoners' understanding of what can be recycled, as the capital aims to hit recycling targets set by Mayor Boris Johnson.

50% of roofs in London are suitable for solar PV panels

Mayor Boris backs 'gentler' cuts to Feed-in Tariff

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for a gradual reduction of solar subsidies rather than the 'cliff edge' cuts suggested by the Government.

Bio-bean's factory has the capacity to process 50,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds a year to create enough power to heat 15,000 homes

London's waste coffee beans to power 15,000 homes

Fifteen thousand homes across London will be heated by waste coffee beans from local baristas under a new capital-wide scheme to get London to embrace the green economy.

Boris Johnson has dismissed divestment as a 'cliff edge'

Lammy and Khan commit to divestment if elected as London mayor

Boris Johnson has come under increased pressure to move the capital's finances out of fossil fuels, as Labour party's Sadiq Khan and David Lammy both committed to do so if they are elected as London mayor next May.

Businesses will be challenged by the Mayor's office to make big emissions savings

London hosts energy efficiency challenge for businesses

The London Mayor's office has launched its second Business Energy Challenge to encourage corporations to step up to meeting city-wide emissions targets.

Air quality made headlines this week as new figures revealed the extent of London's pollution problem

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

The past seven days saw the UK's poor air quality hit the headlines, with London's pollution issues causing particular concern for politicians and environmental groups alike.

9,500 deaths were reported in one year from London's air pollution

Air pollution kills almost 9,500 Londoners each year, MEPs call for binding targets

A new report published this week by London Mayor Boris Johnson has revealed the extent of London air pollution-related deaths.

London's NO2 pollution hotspots are caused largely by a high concentration of diesel buses

Almost all London boroughs failed EU air pollution limit for toxic NO2 gas

All but two of London's boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.

The recent addition to London's skyline produces its own electricity through solar panels and hydrogen fuel

London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating

One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.

The Crown Estate wants to install more green spaces in London's West End

West End 'green corridor' could ease London's air pollution problem

A coalition of London property owners has announced plans to promote green infrastructure in the capital in the hope of boosting biodiversity and improving air quality for residents.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

It has been a remarkable week for renewable energy innovations.

The EU wastes approximately 89m tonnes of food every year, with the UK the worst performing country in the bloc, throwing away 15m tonnes of food

Supermarket food waste campaign gathers pace

Almost 130,000 people have signed a petition calling on the UK government to force supermarkets to give unsold food to charities.

Climate Cars uses a fleet of low-emission Toyota Prius hybrids

Minicab giant snaps up low-emission rival

Europe's largest minicab firm Addison Lee has ramped up its environmental credentials with the acquisition of London-based eco-friendly car service Climate Cars.

Community Shop reduces food waste by selling residual stock that would be thrown away by major retailers

Boris banks on social supermarkets to reduce food waste

London could be set for a wave of 'social supermarkets' that reduce food waste by selling surplus stock at much lower prices than the high street, thanks to £300,000 of new funding from Mayor Boris Johnson.

The campaign group Divest London described Johnson's decision as a

Boris rejects City Hall fossil fuel divestment

Boris Johnson has rejected a motion from the London assembly calling for City Hall's £4.8bn pension fund to be divested from fossil fuels.

Dust from the Sahara combined with pollution from mainland Europe has contributed to one of the worst smogs of the year this week

Smog spike 'stark reminder' for UK Government

Warnings of high pollution levels across the country have reignited calls on the next Government to focus on air quality improvements and develop a national framework of Low Emission Zones to reduce transport emissions.

London reportedly has no plans to comply with NO2 legal limits until after 2030

London 'lucky" to score C- for air quality

London has taken sixth spot in a new ranking of 23 European cities on air quality, but mayor Boris Johnson is "lucky" to have been rated so highly as he has no plans to comply with air pollution laws until after 2030, if ever.

Boris Johnson with two zero-emission Nissan Leaf cars, part of the Mayor's vision for an ultra low emission London by 2020

Boris Johnson confirms Ultra Low Emission Zone, funding boost for green cabs

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (26 March) confirmed the launch of the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone and announced an increased fund of £65m to roll out zero-emission taxis across the capital.

Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor's senior advisor on environment and energy, planted the 20,000th new tree in Streatham - a Prunus Royal Burgundy

Boris brings 20,000 street trees to London

20,000 trees have now been planted along London's roads as part of Boris Johnson's Street Tree scheme to improve air quality and increase green spaces across the capital.

The first zero-emission taxi has been licensed by Transport for London to carry passengers around the UK's capital

London's first licensed zero-emissions taxis hit the road

The first zero-emission taxi has been licensed by Transport for London to carry passengers around the UK's capital, with a fleet of the model currently being trialled on the road.

The ULEZ is designed to tackle London's air pollution which is currently in breach of UK and EU law introduced in 2010

London Assembly calls for rethink on Ultra Low Emission Zone

London's proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) should be introduced earlier than the current 2020 timeframe and needs to be widened to cover more boroughs in order for the capital to comply with legal limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

A pollution monitoring system is set to be launched into the atmosphere on board a rocket tomorrow

Air pollution monitoring rocket ready for lift-off

A pollution monitoring system is set to be launched into the atmosphere on board a rocket on Wednesday, to record how greenhouse gases dissipate with distance from the Earth.

Six new gas engines will deliver cheaper low-carbon electricity for the Tube network

Boris brings Underground into 21st century with low-carbon investment

London's infamous Tube network will become more energy efficient under new plans to transform Greenwich Power Station into a combined heat and power plant with new gas engines that are cleaner, quieter and up to 90% more efficient.


Boris calls on Londoners to recycle Christmas waste

Boris Johnson has urged Londoners to think about how they dispose of their festive rubbish, saying that recycling could save the capital around £4m in disposal costs.

The Community Shop in West Norwood, Lambeth, will stock food at a 70% discount from retailers and brands

VIDEO: London's first 'social supermarket' opens to tackle food waste and poverty

Surplus food from the likes of Asda, Tesco and M&S is being resold at heavily discounted prices through a new 'social supermarket' project, which opened its first store in London this week.

A further 2,400 new hybrid buses will be rolled out by 2020

Boris faces up to London's air quality crisis with £330m green spree

2,400 hybrid buses, zero-emission taxis and 10,000 street trees will all be coming to London as part of new plans announced by Boris Johnson in a bid to tackle the capital's air pollution problems.

Former Energy Minister Greg Barker is the new chairman of the London Sustainable Development Commission

Cameron's Climate Envoy to head up London Sustainable Development Commission

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (13 November) appointed former DECC Minister Greg Barker as the new chairman of the London Sustainable Development Commission.

Solarbox is the brainchild of recent LSE graduates Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston

Red to green: Solar powered phone-boxes to recharge Londoners

The first London telephone box to be transformed into a free, solar-powered mobile phone charger has been unveiled today on Tottenham Court Road thanks to support and funding from the Mayor of London

By the end of 2015, all 8,700 London buses should be fitted with the converters

Boris and TfL expand Europe's greenest bus fleet

A further 400 London buses will be retrofitted with a Selective Catalytic Reduction system, reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by up to 88%.

Boris Johnson's scrappage scheme would mean taking more than 150,000 polluting models off London's roads

Boris Johnson's diesel car scrappage scheme could cost £300m

Paying owners £2,000 to switch to cleaner models could take more than 150,000 polluting cars off London's roads, mayor says.

Recent retrofit work has improved the sustainability credentials of more than 400,000 homes and 350 public buildings across the capital

Boris pledges to make London's buildings more energy efficient

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (29 August) announced a further investment of £12m to expand his programme to retrofit buildings across the capital, making them more energy efficient and reducing carbon emissions.

By 2016 there will be more than 1,700 hybrid buses in service on London's streets

Wirelessly charged hybrid buses roll into London

Specially designed electric buses will be able to wirelessly charge their batteries while they wait at bus stands under new trials announced today (27 August) by Transport for London (TfL).

The move is set to cut emissions from machines used on sites across the capital by 40% by 2020, boosting the city's air quality. pic: pcruciatti/

Boris announces plans to cut construction machinery emissions by 40%

London is to become the first city in the world to introduce standards for construction machinery that limit particulate (PM10) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, thanks to new rules put in place by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Since the Mayor was elected, nitrogen oxide emissions in London are down by 20 per cent

Boris Johnson targets diesel drivers to cut air pollution

The Mayor of London will tonight (29 July) unveil details of a new 'air quality manifesto' which will include plans to charge diesel car users an additional £10 to drive into the centre of the capital.

Boris Johnson was awarded a 4/10 for his progress on lowering London's carbon emissions. pic: pcruciatti/

Boris gets low grade on London Environment Committee report card

The London Assembly Environment Committee's 'report card', released today (July 25), awarded Mayor Boris Johnson a 4/10 on his progress to reduce London's carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency - a clear 'could do more'.

The hospitality sector is set to spend an extra £32m sending food waste to landfill this year

Boris Johnson puts food waste in the spotlight for London's hospitality businesses

London Mayor Boris Johnson is urging restaurants, pubs and hotels across the capital to sign up to a new scheme that could significantly reduce food waste, saving thousands of pounds in the process.

Farmers can apply for the On-Farm AD Loan Fund of up to £400,000 per farm

On-Farm AD Loan Fund launched by WRAP

Farmers across the country are now able to apply for a loan of up to £400,000 to build small-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plants on their land, as part of a £3m initiative from Defra and WRAP.

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Mayor Boris Johnson to become London's smallest electricity supplier

London is to become the UK's first public authority to receive a new type of "junior" electricity licence that will enable the Mayor Boris Johnson to buy power from small generators and sell on to public bodies.

Business Secretary Vince Cable praises the Green Investment Bank for making investment in new plant

Business Secretary opens London's 'first' commercial-scale AD plant

Business Secretary Vince Cable has opened London's first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham.

Nissan's electric taxi to hit London streets by 2015

Nissan has confirmed that its 100% electric taxi - the e-NV200 - will hit the streets of London in 2015 speeding up efforts to help the city meet 2020 pollution targets.

The road lighting project aims to reduce associated CO2 by around 9,700 tonnes a year and reduce energy consumption by more than 40% by 2016

Mayor drives energy efficiency with London's largest street lighting investment

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) have agreed on a major new energy efficiency lighting programme that will see the capital significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

London Underground heat recovery scheme will provide warmth for local homes

London Underground heat to be pumped into homes

Waste heat from London Underground tunnels and an electrical substation is to be piped into homes in a groundbreaking scheme announced today (November 15).

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London bus pilot powers up with waste biodiesel

More than 100 London buses will run on fuel derived from used cooking oil and other food waste in a pilot scheme announced today by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Switching to electric vehicles could save London businesses £200m

London based businesses could save £200m if 10% of their vans registered in the capital were replaced with electric models, according to new figures from the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

London's green economy has grown over the last five years and more than 9,200 green businesses have employed more than 163,500 people

London's 'booming green economy' driving recovery

London's green economy is "bucking national trends" and has continued to grow over the last five years, according to a new report.

London schools to benefit from interest free energy efficiency loans

Schools in London could save £32m and cut carbon emissions by more than 125,000 tonnes over the next ten years under a new scheme, launched today by the Mayor Boris Johnson.

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Boris Johnson bids to boost market for London's small energy producers

Boris Johnson is bidding to enable the capital's small electricity producers to sell power to the market at a better rate.

London plans ultra-low emission zone in world first

The mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced plans to create the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, in an attempt to dramatically improve air quality in the capital.

Boris Johnson: left out in the cold

Boris Johnson frozen out on twitter for 'debunking' global warming

London Mayor Boris Johnson has sparked outrage on twitter over his comments on climate change which appear to question reputable scientific evidence by suggesting Britain might be entering a "mini ice age".

Christmas recycling could save London 'millions of pounds'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on the nation's capital to recycle this Christmas and save £3.5m in the process.

One of the taxis at a Heathrow airport hydrogen fuelling station.

Schwarzenegger helps terminate London's CO2 emissions

Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the celebrities to ride in London's new fleet of hydrogen fuel cell powered taxis during the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Siemens crystallises thinking on smart sustainable cities

Siemens has positioned itself at the forefront of urbanisation technology with the unveiling of The Crystal in London - the world's largest showcase dedicated to greening future cities.

The Coalition will consider a  Heathrow expansion after the end of this parliament

Rift widens between green lobbyists and businesses as Heathrow U-turn looms

David Cameron yesterday reassured opponents to a third runway at Heathrow that he would honour his manifesto not to expand it before the end of the current parliament.

Boris says London needs a whole lot more bottle

London Mayor Boris Johnson is backing a campaign to boost plastic bottle recycling and create more jobs.

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