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October 2016 Headlines
Medics mull asthma incidence
“Asthma is in search of a cause and just about everyone wants there to be a link between asthma incidence and air pollution,” said Ross Anderson of St George’s London.
15,000 Londoners back clean up plans
A public consultation on tougher air quality policies has been overwhelmingly endorsed by Londoners.
Wales is consulting on a new air quality strategy – which uniquely for the UK will be joined up with noise.
Ozone peaked on the 13th September – at 34 deg C the UK’s hottest September day since 1911. The previous hottest days of this year had been 24th August and 19th July when moderate ozone was also recorded.
2014 episode: 600 extra deaths
Researchers have counted up the impact of the 2014 pollution episode – 600 deaths were brought forward and 1,500 emergency hospitalisations were prompted due to excess PM2.5.
Newcastle Staffs odour fears fail at appeal
Warnings that residents could suffer from odour have been overturned at appeal.
Health a material consideration?
Health should be material planning consideration, say MPs on the Commons Health Committee. Its report on public health changes post-2013 recommended more focus on planning and health.
A summary report has been released revealing highlights of emission trends up to 2014.
Emissions in detail
As well as the summary report (above), the full inventory for England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland has been released.
An air quality strategy embracing international energy generators is key to reducing air pollution health effects.
No improvement, says Chatterton
UWE’s Tim Chatterton also popped up at a widely reported Royal Geographical Society conference. “Two decades of air quality management has done little to improve matters.”
AQC in London
Air Quality Consultants Ltd has opened a new central London office near Paddington.
UK loses Aberthaw ruling
Europe says that the UK was wrong to allow Aberthaw Power Station pollute above limits.
£24m for freight
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has launched a £24m funding competition to enable industry-led research trials and development of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technology. The competition’s aim is to trial or develop low emission vehicles in the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries.
Another attempt has been made to introduce a Private Parliamentary Bill on diesel.
Two new all-electric bus routes for central London have been announced.
MPs seek post-Brexit safeguards
MPs on The Environmental Audit Committee have been quizzing ministers on environmental safeguards following possible departure from the EU.
Clientearth v Brussels
Environmental law group Clientearth is to challenge Brussels – the city – on its failure to tackle air pollution. It is working with local pressure groups to force the Belgian government to do more on the capital’s air quality.
Air Force marshalls
A team of ‘Air Force’ Marshals have been tackling idling in Westminster.
The Yorkshire and Humberside Pollution Advisory Council (YAHPAC) has been relaunched as the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Pollution Advisory Group (YALPAG).
Cycleway cuts pollution
Camden is consulting on permanently widening a cycleway in Torrington Place. A trial has shown dramatic concentration reductions.
Human health cost of VW fraud
Economists have calculated the human health costs of the VW emissions scandal.
City airport contains monitoring requirement
The go ahead for expansion at London City Airport contained detailed monitoring requirements.
Clean ship discount for London docks
The Port of London Authority (PLA) is set to introduce a discount on port charges for vessels with lower emissions that meet an Environmental Shipping Index (ESI) score of 30, or above.
Agricultural bio-aerosol models compared
ADMS and Aermod have been compared in a bid to improve modelling of bioaerosols from sources such as chicken sheds.
Air pollution deaths cost the global economy about US$225 billion in lost labour income in 2013, a new World Bank study has found.
Surrey University has been granted £500,000 as part of the iSCAPE project, which aims to develop next-generation environmental living labs in cities across Europe.
Defra ducks criticism from MPs
Government appears to take nothing on board from a critical report by MPs on UK air quality policy. Jack Pease reports.
Significance questioned for M4
Inevitably the M4 widening project has got the go ahead despite air quality concerns. But significance guidance has been questioned, finds Jack Pease
Wales displays air ambition
Wales has been quiet of late in terms of air quality - but it has released an air quality strategy that on the face of it suggests it has high ambitions