Grey Matter – Expert Evidence on Atmospheric Pollution

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By Mandi Bissett & Liz Batten

Michael Gove asserted recently that “people in this country have had enough of experts.” But he was wrong. We need them now, more than ever. Expert evidence forms the basis of our knowledge of climate change and air pollution, and will help us work towards solutions. In Southampton, air pollution seems to be an intractable problem, but one that fortunately we have the expertise to solve.

In mid-July, academics, council officers, industry representatives and campaigners were gathered together at a workshop hosted by the University of Southampton. The hope is that this is the first step towards developing an effective policy for tackling dirty air in Southampton and creating a model for other port cities to follow.

In his introduction, Professor Mikis Tsimplis got straight to the heart of the matter by stating that serious atmospheric pollution from road…

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