New UK expert group on air pollution

The effects of long-range air pollution on the UK's natural environment will be examined by the National Expert Group on Transboundary Air Pollution (NEGTAP), announced Michael Meacher, the UK environment minister.


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Prospects for recovery if expected cuts in emissions are achieved will also be investigated by the NEGTAP.

The group will meet for the first time this month and will complete its work in 24 months’ time. The group, headed by David Fowler of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology at Edinburgh, will review current knowledge and advise government ministers on the following areas:

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