Pollution of the air we breath – seems this issue is finally being taken seriously

www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42566393

The BBC has the article of its web site – see link above

An issue that has not been high enough up the political agenda for a long time not least, I suspect, because often the most polluted areas are where the poorest people live.

On On the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act Lib Dems call for a new Act

Lib Dems call for new Clean Air Act on 60th Anniversary

The Liberal Democrats have called on the UK government to introduce a new Act to tackle poor air quality and ensure vital pollution limits are not watered down post-Brexit.

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which was introduced in the 1950s to tackle deadly smog affecting UK cities.

In a letter to Secretary of State for the Environment Elizabeth Truss – signed by the Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Kate Parminter, Transport Spokesperson Jenny Randerson and MEP Catherine Bearder – the government is urged to ensure it follows through on EU agreements to tackle air pollution and enshrine essential limits into British law.

The letter concludes that the government must not “betray the legacy of the Clean Air Act by allowing the UK to become the dirty man of Europe once again.”

With thanks to Mark Pack for the lead to this Story

Diesel powered cars – seems we were all conned!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33254803

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

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This thoughtful piece is worth a read because it does look like we were conned about the ‘benefits’ of diesel cars.

I for one was taken in and had a couple of diesel powered cars, maybe you were too?

Pollution in cities could raise dementia risk as UK breaches EU limits

Scientists have found that breathing in polluted air in cities could raise the risk of dementia and stroke in middle age. The study, published in the journal Stroke, found that levels of fine particles commonly found in urban areas were associated with smaller brain structures and of covert brain infarcts — a type of “silent” stroke caused by a blockage in the blood vessels that supply the brain.

The Times newspaper covered this story

Pollution is a subject often comment upon via this blog site and here is another connection between airborne pollution in our cities and associated health risks.

Government must act on air pollution

The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that the government must take immediate action to reduce air pollution, after the nation breached EU limits on nitrogen dioxide, which is primarily emitted from diesel vehicles and causes a range of respiratory illnesses. The Environment Department responded that it had already begun drawing up revised plans to meet EU targets, after campaigners ClientEarth brought the case to court.

Financial Times, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, & The Guardian covered this second

When the Tories and UKIP get the UK out of the EU who will set limits for pollution then? No one will and we will take another step back into the dark ages!