Category Archives: UK

Dirty diesel: why ships are the worst offenders

In all the controversy over toxic air pollution from diesel cars, little is heard of a worse source of pollution – shipping. Large ocean-going ships tend to use bunker fuel, the world’s dirtiest diesel fuel – a toxic, tar-like sludge … Continue reading

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Edinburgh’s bid for low emission zone 

Edinburgh is to bid to have Scotland’s first Low Emission Zone to tackle air pollution. Councillors have agreed to approach the Scottish government, which has said it will fund one pilot by 2018. Lorries, vans and buses which did not … Continue reading

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Air pollution kills more people in the UK than in Sweden, US and Mexico 

WHO figures show people in Britain are more likely to die from dirty air than those living in some other comparable countries People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die of air pollution as those in Sweden … Continue reading

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UK government agrees to publish air pollution strategy in next week 

No 10 will not challenge high court judgment, which rejected ministers’ efforts to keep policy secret until after election A draft plan to tackle air pollution will finally be published within the next week, after No 10 said it would … Continue reading

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Oslo, London lead push for greener transport – study

Oslo, London and Amsterdam are leading a shift by major cities to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from transport, helped by new technologies that will curb climate change and reduce air pollution, a study showed on Tuesday. European cities filled eight … Continue reading

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How to stop the construction industry choking our cities

Building firms need to start treating diesel emissions in the same way as asbestos, says air pollution expert Poor air quality, with diesel the biggest culprit, is now thought to be the cause of 40,000 deaths in the UK each … Continue reading

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Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollution 

Exclusive: 59% of the population live in towns and cities where diesel pollution risks damaging health, new data from the Labour party shows Nearly 40 million people in the UK are living in areas where illegal levels of air pollution … Continue reading

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Belfast air pollution levels ‘among the worst in UK’

Air pollution levels in Belfast have been branded among the worst in the UK, with one monitoring station breaching EU legal limits for three years in a row. The station at Stockman’s Lane recorded an annual average nitrogen dioxide reading … Continue reading

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