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June 2020  Headlines       Issue 170

Kelly sets out Covid similarities

Comeap chief and head of King’s ERG Frank Kelly has been quizzed by Parliament about the health impacts of Covid when associated with air pollution.

Moderately clean

2019 air quality indicator statistics have been released.
Rural stats, dominated by ozone exceedences, were high compared to previous years – but less than last year’s spike.

Woodstoves galore in National Park homes

Plans for 210 homes in the South Downs National Park will see 140 of them fitted with wood burning stoves. This is despite growing evidence of the harm and nuisance caused by domestic woodburning

Farming advice

Natural England has set out how it intends to advise farmers on cutting ammonia issues.

AQE show rethink

The Air Quality and Emissions Show has been postponed.

Pig people revamp emissions

With the focus shifting to ammonia for UK’s emission reduction targets, the pig industry is hoping to revise emission factors downwards.

Deaths avoided reach 11,000

The newly formed Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air claims that reduced air pollution has led to 11,000 fewer people dying of air pollution in Europe since the virus hit. 1,752 of these are from the UK.

Highways England refuses to show its working

Highways England is refusing to release appraisals for the 48 road schemes in Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) saying it is too costly.

Northern Ireland air quality improving

Air quality is broadly improving in Northern Ireland, suggests the latest annual report for the area.

Ozone up

From Wednesday 6th May through to the end of Sunday 10th May, London and south east England experienced widespread air pollution with a large number of monitoring sites breaching the threshold for moderate ozone, Kings College London reported.

E-scooters trial

E-scooters are set to appear on streets in a trial aimed at reducing congestion while the public is advised not to use public transport. It is also intended to improve air by avoiding a traffic rise once the lockdown is ended.

M4 speed limits cut NO2

Robust monitoring has confirmed air quality improvements besides key roads in Wales subjected to speed limits to cut emission

Bonfires abound causing nuisance and smoke

Newcastle City Council is asking local residents not to light bonfires during the coronavirus lockdown to help protect their health and save lives after a spate of incidents and call outs for the fire service.

Dudley – 500% rise

Complaints about bonfires in the borough have rocketed by more than 500% since households were locked down due to the coronavirus, it has been revealed.

PCM underestimates

The PCM model continues to underestimate pollution – by as much as 48%.

CERC on health

ADMS specialist Cerc is leading a major new and ambitious project, MAQS-Health, which will provide a high resolution prediction capability for outdoor air quality, to support research on personal exposure and health impacts.

Saddleworth Moor fire analysed

In June 2018, large wildfires broke out on Saddleworth Moor. The fires burned for roughly three weeks, 100 firefighters and the army attended and smoke from the fires spread widely across the northwest of England.

Cargo bike boost

Eight local authorities will share funding from the £2m Energy Saving Trust eCargo Bike Grant Fund.

Sepa loses patience on Mosmorran flaring

Sepa is to prosecute Exxon Mobil for continued flaring at its Scottish Mosmorran petrochems plant. The flaring has caused complaints both on air quality and noise grounds.

Optare plans fuel cell double decker bus

Manufacturer Optare is to produce a fuel cell double decker

Where are we on Covid?

Covid has provided a unique intervention that is proving fertile ground for air quality experts analysing the impact of the massive drop in traffic emissions.

Covid cocktail worsens risk

Italian researchers say air pollution could have worsened the high toll of virus deaths in Northern Italy, a highly polluted area.

Covid prompts more ambition

Westminster Council has revealed its thinking on what it needs to do with its emerging air quality plan

Covid Experiment

The Covid lockdown is proving to be a useful experiment, says an academic.

Cerc uses ADMS to assess effects

Modellers at consultant CERC have analysed recent measured air quality data from across London using modelling (that combines measured air pollution concentration data with CERC’s ADMS-Urban) to derive an estimate of the underlying road traffic emissions that caused the measured concentrations.

Closedown push

The covid lockdown is providing a cover for local authorities contemplating permanent road closures to preserve air quality improvemen