Monday, December 21, 2020
The UK has set a judicial record by ruling that a 9-year-old girl's death was due to air pollution. This is the start of what will become more cases of injury from air quality and it will join existing law over water and soil degradation. One can easily imagine that the worst cities in the world for smog and smoke will be next on the docket and should be. Persuasion hasn't worked in getting citizens to reduce fouled air. That leaves the law, a blunt instrument but one that will work with greater impact than the communications from authorities. It will take time for new cases to reach courts but they will come, and perhaps then, there will be a start on reining in carbon-spewing vehicles.