Children exposed to five times more harmful air pollution during school run

A new study has also found children who walked to school via back streets were exposed to the lowest levels of pollution

EU takes Spain and Bulgaria to court over poor air quality

The nations are failing to limit the levels of nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide respectively

Air pollution exposure could negatively affect women’s fertility

New research has found women may have an earlier menopause and leave them with fewer years to have children

Two million Londoners living in areas with illegal toxic air

That includes hundreds of thousands of children in the capital

Italy taken to EU Court over air pollution and wastewater failings

The nitrogen dioxide limit set out under EU legislation had to be met in 2010

Air pollution: Wales proposes to make speed restrictions permanent

The government had introduced temporary 50mph speed limits on five of the main roads and motorways in June this year

MEPs reject ‘relaxing’ diesel emission test limits

New standards for diesel car emissions in the EU have been rejected by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. They argue the decision to raise emission limits for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) by up to 110% along with the introduction of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure are “relaxed” and would “undermine the enforcement of existing […]

Air pollution health effects ‘higher than thought’

The health impacts of air pollution is higher than expected after taking into account an extra pollutant. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published a report which assessed the health and economic impacts of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2010. During that year there was the equivalent of 5,900 deaths associated with NO2 long term […]

UK cities ‘will exceed EU pollution limits until 2030’

Three of Britain’s cities – London, Birmingham and Leeds – will exceed European air pollution limits until at least 2030, new figures suggest. Under the EU’s Air Quality Directive, member states are meant to comply with limits on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2010 but could extend that to 2015 if they delivered plans to deal […]

Pollution inside ‘more harmful than outdoors’

Pollution indoors could be three times more harmful than the outdoor environment because of our energy use, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering measured the quality of air inside and outside three residential buildings in a city centre compared with different types of energy use like gas […]