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Livingstone gets tough on pollution

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London Mayor Ken Livingstone has issued a call to arms over his intention to make the capital pull its weight over carbon dioxide emissions.

The outspoken politician announced shortly before Christmas that he intended to reduce emissions substantially in London over the coming years.

Livingstone's proclamation came in his 'Statement of Intent - first review of the London Plan', setting out the terms of his policies due to be reviewed.

He said: 'Many existing policies are unlikely to change, however I am determined to bring forward radical changes to policy to combat climate change.

'If the world does not take rapid and sustained action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions we will leave a potential catastrophe for our children and grandchildren.'

Livingstone's announcement comes after a report by left-leaning think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research claimed that Britain would meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but France, Greece and Germany would fail.

by Rob Sharp

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