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Defra did cover-up smog warnings and would scrap local monitoring

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Government covered-up three legally-required smog warnings in the fortnight after launching a consultation proposing the scrapping of local monitoring by others In two incidents, the Government: says another monitoring network is ‘separate’; and blames [sudden and] ‘worst case’ instrument malfunction/vandalism/power … Continue reading

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Government ‘cover-ups’ or legal breaches during consultation to scrap monitoring

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Government’s four proposals to scrap or reduce Local Air Quality Management are unacceptable  Government ‘covered-up’ and/or breached its legal duty to issue two separate ‘Information alerts’ to warn the public of smog just days after proposing to scrap local air … Continue reading

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Effective local action on air pollution in London

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Presentation at Mapping for Change conference ‘Effective local action on air pollution in London’ at University College London on 17 April 2013. Details at: http://www.mappingforchange.org.uk/mapping-for-change-to-host-air-pollution-conference-in-april/ Useful links https://twitter.com/cleanairlondon and https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirLondon 1.  Keith Taylor’s guide: ‘Air Pollution: The Invisible Killer’ http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/air-pollution/ 2.  Smog … Continue reading

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Quick guide to air pollution and the ‘Year of Air’ in 2013

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Known health and other impacts of air pollution have risen much faster than levels of air pollution have fallen 1.      What is the ‘Year of Air’ in 2013? The European Commission (Commission) has announced that 2013 is the ‘Year of … Continue reading

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Most-read stories of 2012

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A look back at the media releases and campaign letters that proved the most popular in 2012. January ‘Clean Air in London’ lodges complaint over breaches of air pollution laws in London http://cleanairinlondon.org/legal/clean-air-in-london-lodges-complaint-over-breaches-of-air-pollution-laws-in-london/ Guide to health impacts:  ‘Invisible’ air pollution … Continue reading

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Government systematically hiding smog episodes 60 years after the ‘Great Smog’

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Government hid a number of ‘High’ air pollution events during the Olympics and Paralympic Games.  Endurance athletes may have been affected.  Government also hid a ‘High’ pollution episode in parts of the UK just days before the 60th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Mayor used the Pollution Suppressor to save himself not others

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Mayor targeted the use of pollution suppressants at sites estimated, through computer modelling and monitoring, to have the highest daily levels of dangerous airborne particles i.e. the worst legal exposures not the worst population exposures Pollution suppressants were used every … Continue reading

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Building public understanding of air pollution

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Presentations at Masterclass at Public Service Events conference titled ‘Public health: an update and way forward’ on 24 October 2012.  See: http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/masterclass-client/224/public-health/4279 Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, on ‘Building public understanding of air pollution’ CAL … Continue reading

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‘Clean Air in London’ calls for Paralympics marathon to be delayed

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6 September 2012  ‘Clean Air in London’ calls for organisers to consider delaying the Paralympics marathon events until Monday or bringing them forward to Saturday to avoid smog On Thursday 6 September, the Met Office published its five day weather … Continue reading

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Government forecasts smog on eve of Olympics Closing Ceremony

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Government failed to forecast a smog episode before the Opening Ceremony that turned out to be the worst for six years and then failed to warn the public even when it was underway  Environment Ministers issued a ‘Press release’ downgrading … Continue reading

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Government ‘Pollution Episode Warning’ on eve of Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Government issues ‘Pollution Episode Warning’ as ozone in North Kensington, London, breaches ‘Public information threshold’ under UK and European law Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, and the general public may wish to check health … Continue reading

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Mayor of London urged to warn all those affected by smog

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Government website is predicting ‘Moderate’ air pollution in London for the next three days.  airTEXT is forecasting ‘Moderate’ 6/10 ozone levels at the Olympic Park on Wednesday   Government website says ‘the main pollutant of concern is ozone’ and ‘the situation … Continue reading

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London faces infringement

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Commission rejects UK application to delay compliance with nitrogen dioxide laws in 12 zones 16 of the UK’s 31 other zones, including London which does not expect compliance until 2025, also face infringement action.  Commission is seeking separate clarification on … Continue reading

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‘Clean Air in London’ calls for full mitigation for the ORN/PRN

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‘Clean Air in London’ calls for full mitigation as it tells TfL and DfT their plans for the ORN/PRN and removing the M4 bus lane are unlawful Dear Transport for London, Thank you for your letter of 2 May relating … Continue reading

Guide to sources: London has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide of any capital city in Europe

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Clean Air in London’s (CAL’s) analysis of the latest data confirms that London had the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas, of any capital city in Europe in 2010.  Concentrations of dangerous airborne particles (PM10) are much … Continue reading