Court rules UK Government to cut air pollution

The UK’s highest court has ruled that the government must take immediate action to cut air pollution.

Court rules UK Government to cut air pollution

The Supreme Court Justices ruled yesterday in a unanimous decision, that the new Government, whatever its political complexion, should be left in no doubt as to the need for immediate action to address the issue of air pollution.

The ruling is a significant victory for campaigners, who began legal action after the UK breached EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air. Diesel vehicles are a key source of so-called NOx emissions, and NO2 is linked to a range of respiratory illnesses. The Environment Department said work had already been started on revised plans to meet EU targets on NO2. Continue reading

Toxic Smog Alert for Asthmatics and Elderly

Britain has been placed on a health alert as a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution blows over the country. Experts have said that the smog could cause fatal asthma attacks and warned the elderly and those with health problems to be cautious.

UK Toxic smog

The warnings come due to a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution passing over from Europe; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have said that it was mixing with home-grown smog to create a toxic hazard.

Officials have warned that it could trigger problems for people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and the young.

Paris has had major problems with air pollution this week; the French government was forced to impose restrictions on motorists. On Monday, only vehicles with odd-numbered plates were allowed on the city’s roads, followed by those with even-numbered plates on Tuesday. By Wednesday, police had also brought in low speed limits. Continue reading

Fresh Air is Vital for Academic Success in Children

Patrick Howse, Education reporter for the BBC has said that well designed school classrooms will boost academic success.

Fresh Air is Vital for Academic Success in Children

According to a latest article published by the BBC, natural light, fresh air and temperature are all vital for primary school children and a well-designed classroom will boost the academic performance of primary school children, a study suggests. Continue reading