Category Archives: Europe

Pollutionwatch: fireworks increase UK air pollution for several days

Guy Fawkes events caused five days of particle pollution problems, reaching maximum levels in several locations This year, Guy Fawkes events caused five days of particle pollution problems. Fireworks caused increased air pollution on Friday and Saturday evening across the … Continue reading

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Moor Lane: London’s first low-emission street

City of London authorities unveil first public details of plan to make city centre street a hub for clean air Moor Lane, tucked behind Moorgate tube station in central London, is a narrow city street lined with glass and concrete. … Continue reading

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Will Germany’s diesel bans just push its pollution problem to Poland?

Rich countries are exporting their air pollution problems to poorer states in central and eastern Europe, new figures show. More than 350,000 ‘dirty diesel’ vehicles were exported to Poland last year, according to data from NGO Transport & Environment. Another … Continue reading

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People burning wet wood on inefficient stoves ‘poisoning themselves’

Study highlights ‘shocking contribution’ of domestic wood and coal fires to air pollution, which causes 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK People burning wet wood on inefficient stoves are poisoning themselves and their neighbours, according to a new … Continue reading

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Contaminated cities: New figures deal fresh blow to Spain’s fight against air pollution

2017 data released by the government show slight spike in nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition on Thursday released air quality data for 2017 that show a slight spike in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter … Continue reading

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Brussels imposes €350 fine on dirtiest diesels

Drivers of the most polluting diesel vehicles can now be fined in Brussels after a grace period expired on Sunday (30 September), just as air pollution in the Belgian capital looks ready to heavily influence local elections. Anyone driving diesel … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: wood and peat burning brings return of air pollution to Dublin

A rise in the number of homes burning ‘green’ fuel in Dublin has had a big effect on air pollution London’s air pollution history – the Victorian pea-souper fogs, the deaths of 12,000 people in the 1952 smog and the Clean Air … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to much greater risk of dementia

Risk in over-50s increases by 40% where highest nitrogen oxide levels exist, study shows Air pollution may increase the chance of developing dementia, a study has suggested, in fresh evidence that the health of people of all ages is at risk … Continue reading

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