California becomes the first state in America to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035.
According to official figures, transport is responsible for more than half of all of California’s carbon emissions, 80% of smog-forming pollution and 95% of toxic diesel emissions.
To help reduce these emissions, Governer Gavin Newsom has issued a mandate to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles within 15 years.
This new order is hoped to achieve more than a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80% improvement in nitrogen oxide levels from vehicle emissions. The order will require car manufacturers to more zero-emissions vehicles, such as battery-powered or hydrogen-powered cars until they make up 100%of new auto sales in just 15 years.
Mr Newsom said: ‘For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma.
‘Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.’