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

Scotland breaks EU air quality standards as pollution becomes a ‘public health crisis’

The air pollution in Scotland’s towns and cities is creating a public health crisis, according to environmental campaigners. Scotland’s streets continue to break European air quality standards as the country wrestles with an invisible “public health crisis” costing thousands of lives and billions of pounds.

Scotland breaks EU air quality standards as pollution becomes a 'public health crisis'

This claim by Friends of the Earth Scotland came after they analysed official data for two toxic pollutants. The group said the latest figures showed pollution levels were continuing to break Scottish and European limits.

However, ministers defended their record, saying they were working hard, along with councils, to improve air quality. Friends of the Earth Scotland examined two key pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter – tiny particles which are pumped into the air by diesel vehicles.

Particulate matter is tiny ‘coarse’ particles released by diesel-fuelled vehicles that, like NO2, causes respiratory problems and exacerbates other health conditions. Experts estimate that Scottish air pollution kills 2,000 people a year — more than alcohol-related to road-accident deaths put together.

The environmental group said air pollution had worsened in several areas, including Whitehall Street in Dundee; it found that air pollution had worsened in several areas over the last year. High levels of NO2 are linked to asthma and other respiratory problems. Continue reading