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Action individuals can take to reduce pollution. Edit

Road vehicles are a major source of many pollutants in urban areas.

  • Before using your car ask yourself - do I really need to make this journey? Do I really need to use the car, or could I walk or cycle?
  • If you must drive, switch off the engine if you expect to be stationary for more than a couple of minutes, and
  • drive smoothly - it will save you fuel and money and you will emit less pollution.
  • Avoid overfilling the petrol tank and spilling petrol - this evaporates and releases hydrocarbons that are toxic and form ozone.
  • Use only fuel efficient cars. Avoid SUVs.


  • Buy water-based or low-solvent paints, glues, varnishes, and wood preservatives wherever you can.


  • Avoid burning solid fuels if you can.

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