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News Stories on Air Pollution

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Endless Agony for World’s Most Polluted Place (Vaal Triangle, South Africa) | Bloomberg

EU countries could save 238,000 lives a year by meeting WHO air pollution guidelines | The Guardian

Wood burners: On smoke patrol in London | BBC News

Hertfordshire County Council funds anti-wood burning campaign | BBC News

Expansion of Oxford smoke control area closer to approval | BBC News

EU cuts toxic air limits but still falls short of WHO guidelines | The Guardian

Polluted Flowers Smell Less Sweet to Pollinators, Study Finds | The New York Times

Air pollution in Oxford linked to wood-burning stoves | Oxford Mail

  • Reports on our Oxford Particulates Monitoring Project

Domestic wood burners having a deadly impact in outside areas | The Guardian

English councils have issued just three fines under tighter wood burner rules | The Guardian

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

  • Advises people not to drive or light wood burners

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