The UK's ever so much cleaner than it used to be.
Britain’s green and pleasant land has just got that bit pleasanter, researchers have concluded after measuring pollution levels.
Levels of a group of toxic chemicals polluting gardens and fields have fallen to their lowest point for more than 100 years, a nationwide survey has revealed.
Emissions of dioxins from factories and power plants have been stemmed so effectively by bans and caps that contamination levels in soil have fallen for the first time since the Industrial Revolution.
The most comprehensive survey of toxic chemicals polluting Britain’s towns and countryside has revealed that carcinogenic dioxin levels have fallen by 70 per cent since the late 1980s.
“Britain is definitely a pleasanter land than it was 30 years ago,” said Declan Barraclough, of the Environment Agency, who led the research that measured toxins at 200 locations across Britain.
The same has happened here, too, as anyone who remembers what driving down Route 5 when the Bethlehem Steel plant was still operating can attest. I wonder sometimes if the current push to label CO2 a pollutant isn't partially the result of how successful we've been in controlling the real ones. It's informative, I think, that the environmental movement never takes a time out to reflect on how far we've come.
You'd think they might want to pat themselves on the back occasionally for the huge strides America has taken to clean up its environment in the last 1/4 century. But they never do. I tend to interpret that as evidence that purifying the air or the soil isn't their primary objective. Getting rid of the industry that caused the pollution is the real goal -- and they have to keep upping the ante to try and make that happen.