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Transport to remain big polluter under new EU planYahoo! News | 28 Mar 2011
Europe's transport chief called for a shift away from fossil fuels on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the economy from oil price spikes but critics said his strategy lacked meaningful action.
Pollutionwatch: Battle of Britain as Atlantic air takes on continental airGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2011
In mid-February a battle took place over the UK between fresh Atlantic air and polluted continental air. Levels of airborne particles started to increase over the Low Countries and the extreme south-east of the UK on 17 February. The polluted air moved farther over the UK on the morning of the 18th, causing pollution levels in the Sussex towns of Eastbourne and Hastings to triple in three hours.
Target 'black carbon', recommends UNGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Cutting the amount of soot we pour into the atmosphere, and emissions of methane from agriculture, would be one of the most powerful ways to tackle climate change, a new report from the United Nations environment programme (Unep) has concluded. Preventing "black carbon" - particles of soot from industry and cooking fires – from polluting the air would help to cut global warming by as much as 0.5C, and reduce warming in the Arctic by about two thirds by 2030.
Air pollution worse than cocaine for triggering heart attacks, says studyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Research into 'final straw' risk factors says traffic fumes greater population-wide threat than drug because of numbers exposed. Air pollution is a bigger trigger of heart attacks in the population than physical exertion, alcohol and taking cocaine, a study has shown. On an individual basis, cocaine raises the risk of a heart attack 23 times, says a study published in the Lancet.
Simon Birkett: Fighting for clean airGuardian Unlimited | 22 Feb 2011
Simon Birkett explains why he gave up a top job at HSBC to campaign for cleaner air in London. Simon Birkett is fighting for air - of the clean variety. The 51-year-old former banker has spent the past five years campaigning against poor air quality and what he describes as the "biggest public...
Pollutionwatch: UK spared in JanuaryGuardian Unlimited | 09 Feb 2011
The absence of prolonged cold periods in January meant that most urban areas of the UK were spared widespread pollution. But coal and oil heating continued to cause high concentrations of airborne particles across Northern Ireland, with the main focus being Derry and Armagh on the last two weekends of the month. Big industry also caused brief air pollution problems in Wales, Scotland and England.
EU delays tackling air pollution to 2012 or laterReuters | 19 Jan 2011
The European Union's executive has agreed to delay new laws forcing industry to take costly steps to tackle air pollutants that are blamed for respiratory problems and premature deaths in cities.
Opencast mining puts England in history's pitGuardian Unlimited | 13 Jan 2011
Scotland and Wales wisely forbid coal to be quarried within 500 metres of people's homes. Why won't England do the same? England suffers more than most nations from First Mover Syndrome. Its ancient railway system is harder to operate (let alone integrate with the rest of Europe) than most...
New Biomass and Air Quality Guidance for Scottish Local AuthoritiesEnvironmental Protection UK | 25 Nov 2010
The guidance provides background material on the issues involved, and details procedures for assessing and managing the effects of biomass on air quality – specifically nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (PM10 and PM2.5). A number of tools are also available to help local authorities assess the potential impacts of biomass boilers and keep records of installed boilers.
No smoke without bonfires and fireworksGuardian Unlimited | 19 Nov 2010
This year, Guy Fawkes night coincided with Diwali. Wet and windy weather prevented widespread pollution problems on the 5th itself. However, on 6 November conditions were more settled in the southern half of the UK and poor dispersion of smoke from bonfires and fireworks caused London and Leicester to experience their worst air pollution for three years.
LondonAir Nowcast LaunchedEnvironmental Protection UK | 27 Oct 2010
The LondonAir Nowcast has been launched as part of an updated LondonAir website. The LondonAir Nowcast uses a combination of measured and modelled NO2 and PM10 concentrations to produce a 20m resolution map of air pollution in the capital each hour. The LondonAir Nowcast is an important step...
Britain is growing greener at the expense of the rest of the world | Tony JuniperGuardian Unlimited | 16 Oct 2010
While we comfort ourselves with our conservation and recycling, we pollute other nations through our greed. The impending extinction of tigers, the melting icecaps and the ravaging of the rainforests are symptoms of an emerging global crisis. A new World Wildlife Fund report out maps its scale and concludes that if we don't change course by 2030, we will need a second Earth to meet our needs.
"Healing the Rift: Health Effects of Air Quality and Noise"Environmental Protection UK | 01 Oct 2010
The Air Quality Management Resource Centre, UWE and Environmental Protection SW are proud to announce their collaboration once more with the launch of the 2010 Annual Conference. The theme of this year's event is "Healing the Rift: Health Effects of Air Quality and Noise" and includes distinguished speakers such as Robert Vaughan, Bob Maynard, Frank Kelly and Dick Derwent. You can also meet EPUK's new Chief Executive Officer, James Grugeon.
Campaigners visit Downing Street to thank Cameron and Clegg for runway cancellationGreenpeace UK | 13 May 2010
Airport campaigners headed to Downing Street today to present the new Prime Minister with a legal Deed of Trust containing the names of over 90,000 people who jointly own a plot of land at the centre of the proposed Heathrow runway development, and to thank David Cameron and Nick Clegg for agreeing to officially scrap the planned expansion.
Third runway plans for Heathrow scrappedFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 12 May 2010
Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, welcomes an announcement that plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport will be scrapped.