Improving poor air quality across the UK ‘could result in a £1.6bn boost to the economy’

That’s the suggestion from a recent CBI Economics analysis, which says cleaning up airborne pollution could also prevent 17,000 deaths annually

Nitrogen dioxide air pollution in China fell by 48% during the coronavirus lockdown

While some of this reduction is expected in normal years due to the Lunar New Year public holiday and weather changes, levels were still 21% below the average for 2015-19

French Government faces €10m fine over air pollution inaction

The country’s top court says air quality measures implemented by the government in eight areas, including Paris, are insufficient

Commuter hotspots in London recorded up to 50% drop in air pollution during lockdown

It also suggests 80% of Londoners would like to work remotely after lockdown to some extent and 73% of Londoners are happier not dealing with rush hour

‘Gas stoves could be exposing tens of millions in US to indoor air pollution’

A new report notes indoor pollution could cause particular harm to the elderly and children, increasing their chances of developing asthma by 42%

‘More than 11,000 deaths avoided in Europe due to cleaner air during the lockdown’

Reduced fossil fuel consumption during the epidemic has also resulted in 6,000 fewer new cases of asthma in children and 600 fewer preterm births, according to a new study

Coronavirus slashes Italian emissions

Following the nationwide lockdown, a ‘massive decline of nitrogen dioxide emissions’ is particularly visible in northern Italy, according to the European Space Agency

Cardiff Council granted £21m to improve air quality

The council plans to implement various measures including a bus retrofitting programme to reduce emissions and an active travel plan to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in the city centre

Could London’s toxic air detract from house prices?

The Central Office of Public Interest has created a new website revealing the level of nitrogen dioxide air pollution at any postcode in London

Air pollution ‘harmed 82% of Europeans’ in 2015

In 2015, 82% of Europeans were exposed to particulate matter levels exceeding World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. That’s according to new research from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which shows fine particulate matter is causing the premature deaths of more than 400,000 people across the continent every year. In the same year, 9% were exposed […]