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November 2016 Headlines

Ashamed. Holgate.

Stephen Holgate – former head of Comeap – says he is ashamed that he didn’t do more while heading up the government advisory panel.

Heathrow it is. Let battle commence

The Government has decided that long awaited airport expansion will take the form of a third runway at Heathrow – with air quality at the heart of the inevitable legal and political backlash.

50,000. Official

At conferences up and down the country, there remains some confusion on what ‘the number’ is for number of deaths caused by air pollution.

Air quality grant becomes £3m

Air quality grant has risen to £3m – and is now administered by the joint DfT/Defra air quality unit.

News from the IAQM Routes to Clean Air conference in Bristol

Manchester ‘surprised’ to miss zone status

Manchester’s Jon Lamonte told last month’s IAQM Routes to Clean Air conference he was ‘quite surprised” not to have been chosen as a clean air zone.

Bulk data starts to show up where model may be wrong

Sam Chapman of Sheffield’s The Floow explained how he was combining telematics data with ‘big data’ on traffic to better characterise emissions. Already the system has found quick wins to cut pollution.

Managing York and Bradford

Liz Bates – now managing air quality in both York and Bradford – told the Bristol audience how hard it was for authorities with air quality problems that have not been chosen to be clean air zones.

Marsh award

Daniel Marsh, a member of the environmental research group at King’s College London, was recently awarded the Ian McCrae award for ‘outstanding work in air quality’ at the Institute of Air Quality Management’s annual routes to clean air conference in Bristol.

Dutch discuss factor fuss

Factors were much discussed in Bristol.

Coal call

Improving environmental performance at European coal power stations could save 20,000 lives every year. By setting and enforcing pollution limits in line with the best industry-recognised, tried-and-tested techniques, the annual number of premature deaths caused by burning coal could be reduced from 22,900 to 2,600 deaths.

Breathelife launched

World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition have launched a new global campaign to protect health and the climate.

Clientearth awaits court ruling

Clientearth has presented its case against the Government in its two day hearing at the High Court.

London ‘T-charge’ due next year, tightened ULEZ to follow

London is forging ahead with plans to bring forward tighter emission standards. While campaigners argue whether Defra’s NO2 plan for five cities is enough, London has extracted itself from all of that fuss by already proposing policies far above the minimum.

Wellbeing applies to air

The Wellbeing Act could prove a useful legal weapon to make sure air quality is given more priority in Wales

Wales worsening?

The latest Welsh annual report for 2015 suggests PM2.5 exposure is worsening slightly.

LAPC fees consult

Local authority concerns that they are not recouping permitting fees have prompted a consultation on fee rates for local authority pollution control (LAPC).

£35m clean cash

£35m is being made available for ultra low emission cars and scooters.

Bus Bill

A Bus Services Bill draft guidance and policy statement includes advice on how authorities can drive up emission standards and improve air quality.

Pollution no bar to Heathrow

A reworking of modelling for Heathrow Airport suggests that expansion will not jeopardise limits. But only just, finds Jack Pease.

Clean Air Zones set out

Year’s after being first promised, finally Defra consults on a framework for low emission zones. Jack Pease skims through the voluminous policy detail

Euro evaluation

Seven European labs came together in a joint monitoring intercomparison exercise.

2014 UK episode worsens health

Public Health England researchers have analysed the impact of two pollution spikes during March and April 2014. Researchers logged GP and casualty visits, health helpline and 999 calls.