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 Californiaâ€™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 shouldnâ€™t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma.
‘Our cars shouldnâ€™t make wildfires worse and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldnâ€™t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.’
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