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2017-11-27 21:43:04 来源:大耳朵英语

A Supreme Court ruling forces the government to deal with dirty air.

英国最高法院的裁决迫使政府出策解决空气污染问题。

BRITISH air is much clearer than it once was: in 1952 one “pea souper” smog in London caused the deaths of around 4,000 people in a week. But it is not as clean as it could be. On April 29th the Supreme Court ordered the next government to come up with a plan by the end of the year to reduce the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO-2), a noxious gas produced by diesel engines, in the atmosphere. The judgment could have big implications for several large infrastructure projects. It also suggests how, after years of campaigning by green ertypes, dirty air is finally becoming a political issue.

回想1952年,伦敦全城弥漫着黄色浓雾,一周内导致约4000人失去生命。如今,英国的空气质量变好了许多,但仍有“尽善尽美”的空间。4月29日,英国最高法院责令下届政府年底前制定旨在减少大气中二氧化氮(柴油机制造的一种有毒气体)含量的方案。这一裁决可能对几项大型基建工程产生巨大影响。同时,它也展现了环境污染由多届竞选者打出环保招牌,最终上升为政治问题的过程。

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