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October 2018 Headlines       Issue 150

 

More warnings for late plans

Derby and Southampton have been instructed to hurry up with action on clean air zones.

Dementia impact uncovered in London

Findings that air pollution causes dementia are the latest to hit popular press front pages.

Air quality back at Court of Appeal

A legal challenge focussed on air quality has been heard by the Court of Appeal – a decision is due in a few weeks.

No deal Brexit notes released

Government is releasing increasing numbers of ‘no Brexit deal’ guidance notes. The notes cover topics including industrial emissions and environmental standards.

Auditors slate European directive progress

European auditors have scrutinised air quality action across Europe and suggest the directive is not strong enough and enforcement too weak.

One third exposed

A total of 2.5 billion people – a third of the global population – were exposed to household air pollution in 2016 from the use of solid fuels for cooking and heating, according the US Health Effects Institute.

Vehicles up

The number of vehicles on England’s clogged roads has risen by nearly two and a half million in the last five years, councils say.

Kitchen flue guidance (for sale)

Emaq – Ricardo’s air quality training arm – has updated odour and noise guidance for commercial kitchen extraction equipment.

Agriculture bill laid before Parliament

Government has set out the shape of a new Agriculture Bill.

Ammonia ‘experts’ take office at Defra

A new team of “experts”, backed with £3 million of funding, have been appointed by Defra to help farmers reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture.

Emission cartel?

The European Commission is investigating collusion between BMW, Daimler and the VW group over emission technology.

NICE consults on ‘standards’

NICE – which sets advice for the NHS – is consulting on air quality ‘quality standards’.

Earthsense brings forward apps and sensors

Earthsense has announced that its state-of-the-art Zephyr air quality monitor, an industry-first in small sensor technology with replaceable cartridge system, will go into mass production.

...and an app

A new app being developed by Earthsense will allow users to find the least polluted routes when walking, running or cycling.

Environment statistics

The Office of National Statistics has released its latest annual report on environmental expenditure and taxation.

Cancer burden up

The global cancer burden is estimated to have risen to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018 says the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Strategy: thin and little detail

The draft England air quality strategy consultation has been overshadowed by the rush to put in place clean air zones. Feedback is lukewarm, finds Jack Pease

Comeap NO2 – rift revealed

Last month Comeap broke the impasse on NO2 deaths by ruling on numbers – with a substantial disclaimer. Jack Pease reports