Smoke signals aren’t clearing the air

Spikes in smoky-coal emissions have brought the issue back to the fore, yet plans to tackle the problem are mired in legal threats and enforcement difficulties

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
8th December, 2019
Smoke signals aren’t clearing the air
Six years on from Phil Hogan’s promises in the Dáil, plans for an all-island smoky coal ban have still not been realised. Picture: Getty

“Air pollution kills seven million people each year.”

These stark words were the opening remarks of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the first World Health Organisation air pollution and health conference last year.

“About three billion people continue to use smoky, polluting stoves and fuels inside their homes for cooking and heating,” the WHO director general said.

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