Environment Minister Therese Coffey steps down temporarily

MP for Macclesfield David Rutley is taking over her role as she recovers from a “period of illness”

IEA: Only four out of 38 clean technologies on track to meet sustainability goals

Most technologies will not meet the climate, energy access and air pollution targets under its Sustainable Development Scenario

UK to ratify international agreement to reduce air pollution

The amended Gothenburg Protocol sets ambitious international targets, including new national emission reduction commitments to be met by 2020 and beyond

Air pollution could cost England £5.3bn by 2035 unless action is taken

A new tool enables local authorities to estimate the impact on health and savings to the NHS and social care under different pollution scenarios

UK clean air strategy proposes to ban polluting wood burners

The new proposals are estimated to reduce the costs of air pollution by £1bn every year by 2020

EU takes UK to court over illegal air pollution levels

France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania have also been referred to court for breaching air quality levels

Mayor of London considering car-free days across the capital

The proposed move is expected to reduce harmful air pollution across the city

Environment Agency-Fire and Rescue Services consider collaboration during major air quality incidents

They explored how co-ordinating the use of their resources could help during accidental chemical releases or large fires that can lead to toxic material entering the atmosphere

WHO: Air pollution levels ‘dangerously high’ in many countries

The Indian city of Delhi and Egypt’s Cairo have been revealed as the world’s most polluted megacities

MIT: China’s climate policy ‘could more than pay for itself’

The study estimates fewer deaths from air pollution could lead to savings of $339bn in 2030 – four times the cost of meeting China’s climate goals.