It seems logical that the issue of poor air quality caused by fossil fuel combustion should be more integral to the struggle to address climate change. Global energy forcings, atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and the decadal movement of isotherms are esoteric, but a walk down London's Oxford Street at rush hour, or a view out over Beijing or Los Angeles on a smoggy winter's morning, can easily focus attention on atmospheric pollution. A headline in the online version of The Guardian newspaper in January 2017 warned ‘London breaches annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just five days’. The situation...

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