The RCP is urging the government to prioritise a just transition from fossil fuels, with support for people to reduce energy use, as it launches a new campaign highlighting climate change as the biggest long-term risk to human health.
The Environment Act 2021 set a deadline of 31 October 2022 for the government to introduce a range of environmental targets to address environmental decline and its impact on human health in various areas, including air quality.
Leading health organisations, including the RCP, and those with lived experience have written an open letter to Minister Jo Churchill urging the Department to commit to reducing air pollution from PM2.5 to 10μg m-3 by 2030.
The RCP has called for the government to strengthen its proposed targets for improving air quality in its response to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ consultation on environmental targets.
The RCP has responded to a report by H.M. Assistant Coroner for Inner South London, Philip Barlow, on the Prevention of Future Deaths (PFD), following the inquest into the death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.