Air Pollution

Heathrow and Gatwick Battle It Out in the Media But Is Either Environmentally Deliverable?

James Lees | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
James Lees

Do any of the new proposals deliver on environmental issues? Many of the new ideas, such as noise compensation schemes and a congestion charge, aim to tackle these impacts but much of what has been proposed either misses the key questions or makes impressive promises on issues that are outside the control of airports.

UK Smog Cloud Is the Same Old Pollution With a Saharan Twist

The Conversation UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

It might seem strange to some that dust from the Sahara is falling on their cars in England. Stranger still, that Saharan sand is mixing with general air pollution from both Europe and the UK to bring about the maximum possible health warning for air quality to parts of the country. But air pollution is hardly a new phenomenon...

Government Ministers Must Take Responsibility for Smog in the UK

Keith Taylor | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

To tackle this enormous public threat, government has serious choices to make. The public must be informed about the longstanding threat posed by air pollution, low emissions zones must be introduced, and public transport must be cleaner and more affordable.

London Smog Stops Cameron's Morning Jog

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

Prime Minister David Cameron gave up his regular morning jog because of the toxic smog that has descended on the capital. London's braver runners a...

Could Giant Domes Protect Beijing From Air Pollution 'Nuclear Winter'?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Tech

Beijing is a massive, intoxicating metropolis - sadly, often literally. The Chinese megalopolis has fought many notorious recent battles with air p...

China's Smog Is Now So Bad It Resembles A 'Nuclear Winter'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

Chinese scientists have chillingly warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter. The acrid air is...

Long-Term Exposure To Air Pollution May Increases The Risk Of Heart Attack

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Long-term exposure to air pollution increases the risk of a possible heart attack - even at levels below current European limits, experts have warned....

Why the Green Light for a New Runway Could Still Turn Red

James Lees | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
James Lees

Without any reassurances from the independent Commission, communities will look to politicians to provide them. The Airports Commission has failed for now to achieve its purpose to take the politics out of the airports debate. Has this week's announcement really given the green light to a new runway or just reopened the political debate?

The Toxic Smog Cloud Hanging Over Shanghai Looks Just As Bad As It Sounds

Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Shanghai is notorious for its terrible air quality, but the smog in this Chinese metropolis just hit absurd levels. The government's air pollution mon...

'Game-changing' Strategic Opportunity in China Is Missed by the United Kingdom

Adam Matthews | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The United Kingdom is well positioned as a leader in many of these areas, in particular energy management systems, offshore wind and expertise to tackle air pollution. And, as the United Kingdom renews its own energy infrastructure, there are huge opportunities for collaboration.

Yet More Pollution Shame For China?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

Thousands of fish have mysteriously died in a lake in China, in what could be yet another example of the pollution plaguing the country. The lake w...

Justice Being Done

James Thornton | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
James Thornton

The court case is not the end of the fight for air that does not kill us. The UK and other countries are already lobbying in Brussels to loosen the air quality requirements.

Lung Cancer Risk Posed By Traffic Fumes, Study Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Even low level exposure to traffic fumes can increase the risk of lung cancer, a large study has found. Air pollution may have to be added to smoki...

LOOK: 'Spiderweb' Tower Would Turn Pollution Into Fuel

Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Tech

A graduate architect has come up with a radical design that would turn London's BT Tower into a pollution harvesting 'spiderweb' that turned smog into...

Exercise Your Right for Clean Air

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Will air pollution become partly responsible for sedentary lifestyles in the future? Will people avoid going for a run outdoors or perhaps choose the bus to work instead of cycling or walking, in fear of their health? This has been playing on my mind for the past few days now, as more news stories emerged highlighting air pollution levels across the world.

Air Pollution Linked To Heart Patient Death

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Air pollution increases the chances of heart attack survivors dying early, research has shown. Higher levels of tiny sooty particles in the air led...

PHOTO: Smog Blankets Tiananmen Square As Capital Dubbed 'Greyjing'

Posted 24.01.2013 | UK

The difference between this photo of Beijing's most famous landmark on a clear summer's day, now shrouded in filthy smog is a stark portrayal of the r...

Time for a New Cargo Culture?

Green Futures | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK
Green Futures

Despite growing enthusiasm for local products, most of the items that end up in your shopping basket or in your wardrobe will have journeyed through a global cargo system that is as complex as it is carbon-intensive.

Early Childhood Near Traffic Elevates Chances of Later Autism - Do Our Brains Need Protecting From the Modern World?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

A team of researchers based at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, report that mothers who live near higher road traffic pollution during their pregnancy, and for the first year of their baby's life, suffer elevated risk of later autism in those children.

Air Pollution Kills: So Why Is the British Government Trying to Water Down Legislation?

Keith Taylor | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Breathing polluted air has become second only to smoking in the health damage it causes... A recent government scientific report revealed that UK air pollution causes 29,000 deaths and contributes to over 200,000 premature deaths per year.

How to Live the Green Lifestyle

Jess Shanahan | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Shanahan

Do you want to live more greenly and do your bit for the environment? You might think that involves a lot of effort but it doesn't! Here are a few simple ways to improve your lifestyle by living more greenly.

Say No to Boris, London's Environment Demands It

Damien Clarkson | Posted 01.07.2012 | UK Politics
Damien Clarkson

Tomorrow us Londoners have to choose who will be our Mayor for the next four years. As a green I wish Jenny Jones was heading for a huge victory but I am realistic and know that a strong vote for green candidates in the London assembly is probably the best we can hope for this time around.

Jenny Jones, The 'Dark Sparkly Green' Mayoral Candidate, On Disliking Boris But Respecting Ken

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Politics

Jenny Jones, the Green party mayoral candidate for London, came out of the first hustings in the election campaign on Tuesday smelling of roses, or da...

Air Pollution in the UK - Taking Years Off Our Lives

Clare Nasir | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK
Clare Nasir

DEFRA, the UK's environment ministry, was taken to the High Court by international environmental law firm ClientEarth over its failure to meet legal limits on air quality in 17 regions and cities across Britain. Whilst David Cameron would never be confused with Dan Quayle in terms of his environmental knowledge, it is time for him to match his awareness of the issues with the leadership we need to tackle this public health crisis. After all, don't we all have the right to take a stroll down our local high street in the knowledge it won't take years off our lives?

Busy Roads Near Nurseries 'Scandalous' Threat To Children's Health

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A report showing the close proximity of schools and nurseries to some of London's busiest roads has renewed calls for a campaign to combat air polluti...