Britain’s government published its plan to cut down on air pollution today , but advocates say it doesn’t go far enough, reports

Environment minister Andrea Leadsom said the plan offered a “common sense way forward”.

But Doug Parr, chief scientist for campaign group Greenpeace UK, said it was a “hodge-podge of vague proposals” that offered little to victims of , or drivers.

“The astonishing thing is that the government’s own plan accepts that diesel is at the root of the problem, and that phasing it out is the most effective solution,” he said.

“Yet the plan offers no real action to end the era of dodgy diesel.”

Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party, said: “The government is standing idly by while Britain chokes.

“This feeble plan won’t go anywhere near far enough in tackling this .”

More than 40,000 British deaths a year are attributable to exposure to , according to a survey last year by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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