Air Pollution

Three Arguments Against Heathrow's Third Runway

Jonathan Young | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

Heathrow's third runway has been a political football for a number of successive governments. But after the Airports Commission's recommendations this summer, it is about to be kicked out of the long grass.

Political Wrangling Over Car Emissions Shows One Thing, the UK Cannot Go It Alone When Tackling Air Pollution

Seb Dance | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

At the end of October, Labour MEPs backed and won a range of measures that will go a long way to cleaning up the UK's air. But while MEPs were votin...

European Parliament Takes Big Step Towards Tackling Air Pollution, But the UK Government Is Taking Us Two Steps Back

Seb Dance | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
Seb Dance

The current system isn't working and status quo is not an option. The government needs to stop being the mouthpiece of industry and get on with the job of protecting the British people. It's time to deal with this invisible killer once and for all.

It's Time the Environment Secretary Started Taking Air Pollution Seriously

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

The Environment Secretary has failed to act. Her silence is a complete abdication of responsibility. She should be leading an urgent, cross-Departmental response to bring air pollution down to safe levels. Re-doing the consultation and making genuine efforts to engage on air quality must be the first step, for which she will have Labour's full support.

The Success Story That Transport for London Doesn't Believe

Darren Johnson | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Johnson

The next Mayor is faced with an air pollution crisis to solve and the knowledge that expanding our road network will just make that crisis worse. What we need is the same kind of determination as when London adopted the congestion charge. The only way London will work is if we reduce traffic at the same time as increasing our population. The next Mayor has to instil a sense of optimism into Transport for London. They have done it before, they can do it some more.

Wolmar for London: The Road Less Travelled and the One to Make the Difference

Christian Wolmar | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

My campaign is built on two platforms. Firstly, it is a grassroots campaign. My vision and policies are directly shaped by grassroots Labour members with added expert knowledge from specialists to make sure they are viable. Secondly, and related to this, it is built on the idea that London needs to be more affordable, more liveable and more sustainable. But what does that mean in practice?

Why This Week's Court Ruling on Air Pollution Could Stop Airport Expansion

James Lees | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
James Lees

The Airports Commission, as an independent but taxpayer funded organisation, has a duty to the public not to recommend a project that would significantly damage people's health. It would also be a poor use of taxpayer's money to make recommendations that invite a legal challenge. That is why it is possible to imagine a concerned Airports Commission member of staff hurriedly typing away on his or her phone at the back of the courtroom this week.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure: Public Health and the EU

Paul Brannen | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Prevention is better than cure: preventative measures can reduce the much greater cost of medical treatment for chronic conditions that have become established and can help avoid tens of thousands of premature deaths. This is where the European Union plays a vital role.

The Government Must Act on Air Pollution

Simon Gillespie | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Gillespie

There is a consensus in the medical community and among the major charities in this area. There is overwhelming and terrifying evidence, which is increasing every year. So we are all calling on the UK Government, ahead of the UK Supreme Court ruling on this issue next month..

Why Air Pollution Could Increase Stroke Risk

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When an unsightly (and somewhat toxic) smog descended upon Britain last week, many people were concerned for their health. And if new research is ...

Toxic Smog Health Warning For Asthma Sufferers And Elderly

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Britain has been placed on a health alert because a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution is blowing over the country. Experts said the smog...

£15Billion on Roads? Where the Money Would Be Better Spent

Keith Taylor | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

The Government's road building programme needs to be scrutinised and the money re-directed. With public services experiencing cuts like never before there are so many better ways this money could be used. Here are just a few ideas for what you could spend £15billion on instead...

Scrapping EU Air Pollution and Waste Recycling Laws Would Be Folly

Keith Taylor | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Later today we will find out for sure if the European Commission is planning on scrapping two vital European laws. When the commission presents it's full 2015 work programme this afternoon it looks very likely that the 'clean air' and 'circular economy (waste)' packages will both be withdrawn.

This Solution To Air Pollution Is Incredible, Maybe Impossible

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech

A concept for a swarm of futuristic flying jellyfish has been selected as a finalist for a design award dedicated to inventing the (currently) impossi...

The 'Greenest Government Ever' Lie

Barry Gardiner | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

The Prime Minister thinks he has got away with the "greenest government ever" lie. Nobody else does. Our air is more polluted, more homes are at significant risk of flooding and more species are in decline because of this Government's failure.

Labour Will Champion The Green Agenda In Government

Maria Eagle | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Eagle

I believe that if politics is about anything, it should be about improving people's lives and bequeathing something better to our children than we ourselves inherited. If internationalism is about anything, it is about doing that for people around the world regardless of where they live. That's what environmentalism and sustainability mean to me.

London's Air Quality Must Be a Mayoral Priority

Christian Wolmar | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

This is not a time for half-measures - which is all Boris has promised, and the entirety of what it seems he can do. The capital and its millions of residents and visitors deserve effective and long-term solutions, and an end to the needless deaths caused by inaction.

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?