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Britain Is Planning To Ban All Diesel Fueled Cars By 2040

By Aimee Lutkin

While consumers can make choices in their day-to-day life that aid in the fight against climate change, the support of legislature is needed for bigger changes. The United Kingdom has just taken a big step in showing their commitment to reducing the environmental risk posed by cars and vans that run on diesel gas.

The Guardian reports that ministers will be submitting a final plan at the end of July that will outline Britain's commitment to banning all diesel fueled cars and vans by 2040. The decision comes from a fear that nitrogen oxide will soon cause a serious risk to public health that can't be turned back.

“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” a government spokesman told The Guardian. “That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3 billion program to clean up dirty air around our roads.”