Polluting dust from car tyres and brakes ‘needs addressing’

The government’s Air Quality Expert Group says tiny plastic fragments from tyres, roads and brake blocks can damage the lungs and will ultimately be washed into waterways

Mental illness
Could air pollution be causing psychosis?

A new scientific study suggests toxic fumes are likely to be a contributory factor to the higher incidences of mental illness in urban areas

Medical staff
Third of patients’ GP surgeries ‘surrounded by killer pollution’

A new report suggests nearly 18 million patients risk their health every time they visit their doctor

Friends of the Earth told to withdraw anti-fracking leaflet

Britain’s advertising regulator has told an environmental group to withdraw an anti-fracking leaflet. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) told Friends of the Earth (FOE) its claims about the effects of fracking are not backed up with evidence and shouldn’t be repeated. It said the green group agreed to withdraw the advertising without the need for a […]

EU air quality improved but has a long way to go

Air pollution in Europe has decreased since the turn of the millennium but stronger measures are needed. That’s according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which studied air quality trends from 2000 to 2014. Although the average amount of harmful particulate matter (PM) fell in 75% of monitored locations over the […]