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Transport solutions for cleaner air

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Science  20 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 934-936
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf3420

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Abstract

In cities across the globe, road transport remains an important source of air pollutants that are linked with acute and chronic health effects. Decreasing vehicle emissions—while maintaining or increasing commuter journeys—remains a major challenge for city administrators. In London, congestion-charging and a citywide low-emission zone failed to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations under control. In Beijing, controls on the purchase and use of cars have not decreased transport emissions to a sufficient extent. As cities continue to grow, not even zero-emission vehicles are the solution. Moving increasingly large numbers of people efficiently around a city can only be achieved by expanding mass transit systems.

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