National Statistics – Emissions of air pollutants

Annual publications covering the emissions of some important air pollutants. (Updated 26 February 2021) Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Summary Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Background Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) Emissions of air pollutants in the UK – Nitrogen oxidesContinue reading “National Statistics – Emissions of air pollutants”

Experts identify ‘super-plant’ that absorbs roadside air pollution

The Guardian – Thu 18 Feb 2021 06.01 GMT Bushy variety of cotoneaster works best in areas of heavy traffic, say researchers, while other plants can cool buildings or reduce flooding Bushy, hairy-leafed cotoneaster is a “super plant” that can help soak up pollution on busy roads, horticultural experts have said. Scientists at the RoyalContinue reading “Experts identify ‘super-plant’ that absorbs roadside air pollution”

Children exposed to air pollution suffer reduced thinking skills

E&T – Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Exposure to air pollution in childhood is linked to a decline in thinking skills in later life, Edinburgh University researchers have said. A greater exposure to air pollution at the very start of life was associated with a detrimental effect on people’s cognitive skills up to 60 years later,Continue reading “Children exposed to air pollution suffer reduced thinking skills”

UK mayors urge Boris Johnson to commit to tougher air pollution targets

The Guardian – Wed 27 Jan 2021 06.21 Cross-party group sign joint letter after inquest into death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah City mayors representing more than 17 million people across the UK are urging Boris Johnson to commit to tougher air pollution targets after the inquest into the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah. The cross-party group,Continue reading “UK mayors urge Boris Johnson to commit to tougher air pollution targets”

Air pollution linked to sight loss

Air Quality News – 26.01.2021 People living in the most polluted areas are 8% more likely to develop irreversible sight loss, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Researchers at University College London analysed data from 115,954 UK Biobank study participants aged 40-69 with no eye problems at the start of theContinue reading “Air pollution linked to sight loss”

Tackling London’s air pollution will increase life expectancy of children

Imperial College London – 25 January 2021 Life expectancy for children in London will improve by six months as a result of air quality policies, Imperial researchers predict. A new report by researchers from the School of Public Health’s Environmental Research Group predicts that London specific air quality policies, alongside wider improvements in air quality, will increase the averageContinue reading “Tackling London’s air pollution will increase life expectancy of children”

My London: The horrific reason why London kids might be more forgetful and less able to learn than country children

There have been huge efforts in recent years to try to improve London’s often filthy air quality, but shockingly the vast majority of London’s school pupils are still in danger from toxic air.

Blog update on COVID-19 and changes in air pollution

Ricardo – Energy & Environment – 07 May 2020 The first blog on this topic considered some of the early evidence of changes in total nitrogen oxides (NOx) concentrations after the UK lockdown on 23rd March. Since that time, there has been a considerable amount of interest in how air quality has changed around the world. Like theContinue reading “Blog update on COVID-19 and changes in air pollution”