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.
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.
Bill Bryson launches battle against litter on railwaysGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Campaign led by the author aims to force Network Rail to fulfil its legal obligation to clear up rubbishStanding on a crowded, windswept railway platform can be dreary on a cold Monday morning, especially when it's filthy with crisp wrappers and drink cans. But in stations around the country, commuters are rising up and striking a blow against litter - even if they can't do anything about the weather.
A million trees for England: but who gets them?Guardian Unlimited | 02 Dec 2010
Trees are unequivocally a good thing. My father-in-law was a forester and I named my daughter Sylvia in recognition of his life's work. She has already planted a sweet chestnut tree on a London common, and we'll do so again this weekend. So the government's announcement today of a "partnership...
River of money flows to Thames as it wins global conservation prizeGuardian Unlimited | 12 Oct 2010
London's mighty river was declared a dead zone 50 years ago - but now it is full of life and has been rewarded for its resurgence. In the 1950s it was declared biologically dead – a heavily polluted river that was a far cry from the days when it was admired by William Wordsworth, Claude Monet and the Three Men in a Boat of Jerome K Jerome's book.
Parliament softens EU clean-air lawEurActiv | 28 Sep 2006
The proposal to revise the directive on ambient air quality is part of a wider 'Thematic strategy on air pollution' put forward by the Commission in September 2005.
Recycling: Tenement plans welcomedFriends of the Earth- Scotland | 28 Sep 2006
Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomed funding plans to increase the amounts of waste recycled by those living in tenements and high rise flats.
Greens home energy efficiency targets bill welcomedFriends of the Earth- Scotland | 28 Sep 2006
Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Association for the Conservation of Energy welcomed the formal introduction, in the Scottish Parliament, of a Member's Bill aimed at improving energy efficiency levels in Scottish homes.
MEPs push back new EU car-pollution limitsEurActiv | 19 Sep 2006
The Parliament's environment committee vote took place just days before the European Mobility Week which runs from 16-22 September. During Mobility Week, EU citizens are encouraged to leave their cars at home and use greener transport modes, such as walking, cycling, public transport or car-sharing.
Palm offensiveGuardian Unlimited | 18 Sep 2006
Ah, Los Angeles. City of palm trees and convertibles. Actually, scrub that. From now on, city leaders are urging, Los Angeles will be the city of oak trees and bicycles.
Air quality experts seek views on nitrogen dioxide reportDEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs | 21 Aug 2006
A draft report investigating unexpected trends in roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations and possible links with changes in vehicle technologies has been published today for comment by the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG).
Residential fly-tipping risingGreen Consumer Guide | 02 Aug 2006
Household fly-tipping is costing councils as much to clean up as waste dumped by organised waste criminals, according to new findings from Defra. The information, from the national fly-tipping database Flycapture, shows that small scale tipping is costing more than £2.5m a month across England.
Forest Action PlanEurActiv | 28 Jul 2006
On 15 June 2006, the Commission adopted a five-year (2007-2013) action plan to enhance sustainable forestry management and improve the competitiveness of the European forestry industry.
Jurassic Coast feels heat of climate changeYahoo! News | 28 Jul 2006
The quaint seaside town of Lyme Regis with its narrow, winding streets seems a million miles from the melting polar ice caps or the flooded coral atolls of the Pacific.