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"London has been put on “very high” alert as cold and still weather, traffic, and a peak in the use of wood-burning stoves combined to send air pollution soaring in the capital and across swaths of the UK.
The forecast for Tuesday is that air pollution levels will remain unacceptably high in the capital with pollution levels expected to similarly persist in other areas across the country.
“Today the shameful state of London’s toxic air has meant that I am forced to trigger the first ‘very high’ air pollution alert under my new comprehensive alert system,” said the Mayor of London ..
"“This is the highest level of alert and everyone – from the most vulnerable to the physically fit – may need to take precautions to protect themselves from the filthy air.”
""Local authorities lost £18bn of government funding in real terms between 2010 and 15, with the poorest councils bearing the brunt of the cuts.
"From what we have seen of the government's industrial strategy so far, I am not convinced they are committed to the long-term investment needed to transform the northern economy."
Business Secretary Greg Clark said the plans were about "spreading opportunities right across the country".
But his opposite number at Labour, Clive Lewis, said the government's industrial strategy was "too little too late".
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"A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.
Those behind City of Trees hopes the effort will not only green the region but improve our understanding of the benefits trees provide to society.
These include reducing stress, improve air quality and the amount of time shoppers spend in retail areas.
The project is also testing how trees can reduce flooding in built-up areas.
City of Trees director Tony Hothersall explained that the scheme had three main objectives.
"One is to plant three million trees, ie. a tree for every man woman and child, over the next 25 years," he said.
"Next, we are very much focused on bringing existing woodland into management because there is no point in planting new woodland if you can't manage what you've got already.
"Finally, we want to engage people a lot more in their natural environment; in planting trees; in managing areas; in understanding more about the benefits that trees and woodlands bring to our society."