Spikes in air pollution send hundreds of extra people to hospital across UK

A new report highlights that on days with low air quality, the number of people hospitalised by heart attacks, strokes and asthma significantly rises

Extreme air pollution ‘could cut 21 years off your life’

A new report suggests particulate matter is particular dangerous, as tiny particles can “easily penetrate lung passageways” and cause “significant cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory damage”

Oil and gas infrastructure ‘is putting unborn children at risk’

The University of Colorado suggests pregnant women living in close proximity to gas wells and oil refineries could have up to a 70% greater chance of giving birth to babies with congenital heart defects

Burning plastic bags
Plastic bag bans ‘can slash air pollution’

A new study published by UN Environment highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of toxic fumes, especially in continents such as Africa

Chernobyl drone
Radiation-mapping drones identify new hotspots at Chernobyl

Researchers say the drones provide the capability to monitor radioactive sites and respond to nuclear incidents without exposing humans to risk

Asthma
Air pollution ’causes four million children to develop asthma every year’

Researchers say around 11,000 new cases of the breathing condition occur each day around the world as a result of toxic air from traffic

Flooding in Bangladesh
Climate change threatens a third of Bangladeshi children

A new UN report warns 19 million children are at risk from devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters

Smoking & power plant
Air pollution ‘more deadly than smoking’

A new report suggests damaging health implications related to pollution are “substantially higher than previously assumed”

Coal power plant
Spanish reduction in coal use saves €952m in health costs

Falling use of the fossil fuel over 2015 and 2016 led to a 40.5% decrease in associated health impacts

Flooding
Annual investment of £1bn ‘needed to protect UK from floods’

An average annual investment of £1 billion will be necessary up to 2065 to protect properties and infrastructure in England from increasing flood damage.