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Fires are the most polluting way to heat British homes this winter | The Guardian

Oxford has been granted £193,000 to provide electric infrastructure to help reduce air pollution along Oxford’s waterways | Oxford City Council

UK MPs could weigh merits of urban ban on domestic wood burning | The Guardian

‘A serious threat’: calls grow for urgent review of England’s wood-burning stoves | The Guardian

Argues that government’s current plans for education are insufficient.

How to get rid of a wood-burning stove | The Guardian

Londoners’ lives put at risk by Government’s bungled post-Brexit targets to tackle toxic air, warns watchdog | Evening Standard

Londoners’ lives are being put at risk by the Government’s bungled post-Brexit targets to tackle toxic air, a watchdog warned.

Toxic air pollution particles found in lungs and brains of unborn babies | The Guardian

Particles breathed by mothers pass to their vulnerable foetuses, with potentially lifelong consequences

Do wood burners add to air pollution in cities? Yes, say citizen scientists | The Guardian

Findings from a monitoring project in Bristol.


Proposed air pollution limit in England is twice as high as WHO recommends | The Guardian

Measures to reduce PM2.5 ‘fall a long way short’, say campaigners, as government publishes new targets under Environment Act.

Air pollution may affect sperm quality, says study | The Guardian

Research into samples of 30,000 men in China suggests ability of sperm to swim in right direction could be affected.

What can cities do when air pollution soars and what works? | The Guardian

Indian schoolchildren ride their bikes to school in dense fog and air pollution in Jalandhar.

Dirty air affects 97% of UK homes, data shows | The Guardian

The map, produced by the non-profit group the Central Office of Public Interest (Copi) and Imperial College London, combined 20,000 measurements with computer modelling.

Tell motorists to help tackle London’s toxic air peaks, authorities urged | The Guardian

Advise people not to drive or light wood burners rather than imposing restrictions on vulnerable, campaigners say.

Londoners told to reduce physical activity on Friday due to pollution | The Guardian

The government’s forecast predicts pollution levels will hit band 10, the highest level on the scale. The last time pollution levels hit this mark was in March 2018.

Labour demands stricter air pollution limits after child poverty link revealed | The Guardian

Air pollution graphic. Boroughs in Birmingham, Southampton, Portsmouth, Sandwell and Walsall also showed high correlations between child poverty and air pollution.

Wood burners cause nearly half of urban air pollution cancer risk – study | The Guardian

Wood burning stoves in urban areas are responsible for almost half of people’s exposure to cancer-causing chemicals found in air pollution particles, new research has shown.

Clean environment is a human right, UN council agrees | The Guardian

The UN’s main human rights body has overwhelmingly voted to recognise the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right.

Air pollution is slashing years off the lives of billions, report finds | The Guardian

The report estimated the number of additional years of life people would gain if air pollution levels in their country were reduced to World Health Organization guidelines.

Pollution on some new UK trains ‘13 times one of London’s busiest roads’ | The Guardian

NO2 levels on the two-year-old bi-mode Hitachi trains peaked at more than 13 times the average recorded on the traffic-clogged Marylebone Road in central London.

Pollutionwatch: how sources of summertime smog are changing | The Guardian

Air pollution spikes may impair older men’s thinking, study finds | The Guardian

Temporary rises in air pollution may impair memory and thinking in older men, according to research that indicates even short-term spikes in airborne particles can be harmful to brain health.

Fireplaces and stoves are bigger polluters than traffic | The Guardian

Fireplaces and stoves are now the largest single source of primary particle pollution in the UK, greater than traffic and industry.

Air pollution breaking WHO limits surrounds 25% of UK homes, analysis finds | The Guardian

Researchers at Imperial College London used computer models to produce estimated concentrations of the levels of three toxic pollutants – PM (particulate matter) 2.5, PM10 and NO2.

Lower UK air pollution limits to prevent deaths, says coroner | The Guardian

Philip Barlow, coroner for inner south London, ruled earlier this year that air pollution from traffic was a cause of the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah in February 2013.

The cost of air pollution is captured in a child’s smile: it’s time for ‘Ella’s law’ | The Guardian

Wood burning at home now biggest cause of UK particle pollution | The Guardian

Fires used by just 8% of population but cause triple the particle pollution of traffic, data shows.

Air pollution significantly raises risk of infertility, study finds | The Guardian

Previous studies of dirty air and fertility have used data on sperm quality, perhaps because this is easier to obtain, with a 2017 review concluding air pollution has a “negative impact …

Hearths on fire: UK residents incensed by pollution from wood burners | The Guardian

Neighbours’ disputes become increasingly heated as new data reveals wood burning causes more pollution than traffic.

Avoid using wood burning stoves if possible, warn health experts | The Guardian

Charity calls for people to use alternative, less polluting heating and cooking options if they can.

Wood burners triple harmful indoor air pollution, study finds | The Guardian

The particles can pass through the lungs and into the body and have been linked to a wide range of health damage, particularly in younger and older people.