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June 2016 Headlines
Roads cut pollution says PCM
The PCM model that forms the backbone for UK air quality policy suggests roads will mop up pollution in London.
Defra flounders at Westminster conference
A conference convened to discuss air quality left Defra struggling to argue its case last month
A “secret” report has been released by the incoming London mayor Sadiq Khan that shows how pollution affects schoolchildren and the poor.
North Yorkshire County Council has given the go ahead for fracking test well in Kirby Misperton.
Ammonia emissions in 2014 – the latest year for which data is available – have risen.
WHO/Europe has released AirQ+, updated software to quantify the health impacts of air pollution in a given population.
Incoming mayor pledges action
Incoming London Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to step up plans to improve London air quality.
Diesel plea in Westminster motion
MP Geraint Davies has introduced a Parliamentary Early Day Motion on air quality.
The Queen’s Speech signalled the Government’s intention to introduce a Bus Bill.
York taxi standards
York now has an emission based (as opposed to age based) taxi licensing policy.
Pressure group T&E have countered claims that gas is a suitable fuel to reduce air pollution.
More defeat devices found
More defeat devices have been found in cars – albeit many appear to be perfectly legal.
WHO figures name and shame towns
A number of UK towns and cities have been flagged up by the World Health Organisation as having poor air quality.
UNECE finds improvement in world pollution
Air quality has improved significantly in North America and Europe over the past three decades. UNECE says this is due to the UNECE Air Convention and EU air pollution policies.
The Queen’s Speech contained a proposal for yet another bill on planning.
£2m for fuel cells
A £2m grant for public and private sector fleets will fund up to 75% off the cost of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles.
Heathrow ups its offer on air quality
Heathrow Airport has promised to be more ambitious on air quality in a bid to see off objections to a third runway at the airport.
NO2 plan actions compared
A rapid thinkpiece on what to do about air quality to meet limit values has been published.
Gamers shape AQ policy
The University of the West of England is part of a £5.2m EU project to harness the power of gamers to shape air quality policy.
Environmental campaign groups have written to environment secretary Liz Truss accusing her government of lobbying to weaken proposed air pollution limits.
Chelmsford has joined Cerc’s Airtext air quality forecasting service.
Defra has passed responsibility for managing air quality monitoring contracts to the Environment Agency.
Very warm days, with hours of unbroken sunshine, saw moderate levels of ozone recorded at urban and rural locations across London and Sussex from Thursday 5th May to Monday 9th May, the first widespread incident of 2016. Sites in Essex, Berkshire and Hampshire also recorded moderate levels of ozone.
Numbers say that cars must be targeted
The table below is extracted from the report used to develop clean air zones – and suggests the big wins (the large negative numbers show reductions in NOx) come from tackling cars.
Dealing with dust
Lack of official guidance has prompted the IAQM to develop guidance on mineral dust. Jack Pease attended the launch.
Wider impacts costed (again)
Defra has released a one-year old report outlining how wider impacts of air quality improvements can be monetised. Jack Pease wonders what is the point?