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[Editorial] Air pollution: consequences and actions for the UK, and beyond

“The time has now arrived to take air pollution, as currently encountered in the UK, much more seriously…It should be considered a major public health problem…It is our view that this requires urgent, determined, and multidisciplinary action that is long overdue. Indeed, if we do not act now, our children and generations to follow will be those who suffer from our failure to act.” So concludes Stephen Holgate, chair of the Royal College of Physicians/Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCP/RCPCH) Working Party on Air Pollution, in his preface to one of the clearest calls to action to advance the UK’s environmental health.