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More than half of Britons living in areas where levels of toxic air pollution exceeded legal limits last year

More than half of Britons living in areas where levels of toxic air pollution exceeded legal limits last year

The UK government has allocated £2bn  for cycling and walking while planning £27bn for roads. That highlights concerns that the government still does not have its priorities right. Harry Cockburn writes on The Independent website about the growing concerns about air pollution and how it is being addressed. What is the situation in your country? … Continue reading

Trees have a fundamental place in cities – amongst other benefits they are powerhouses when it comes to regulating city microclimates

Trees have a fundamental place in cities – amongst other benefits they are powerhouses when it comes to regulating city microclimates

As city populations soar, it might seem like there isn’t much room for trees. But ecologists say these climatic powerhouses are an often overlooked solution to the health and environmental issues greater density brings. Charli Shield discusses in an article on the Deutsche Welle website why trees are more important than ever.   Trees help … Continue reading

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

We are increasingly discouraged by the environmental policies of the Trump administration. H. Christopher Frey, the Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University writes in an article on The Conversation website about the EPA’s latest rejection of science that will have an impact on air quality.   EPA … Continue reading

If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

If there is something positive to take from this terrible crisis, it could be that it’s offered a taste of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future

Since the virus crisis started, air quality has improved because of the drastic drop in GHG emissions. Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester writes on The Conversation website that the pandemic could show us how the future might look with less air pollution, or it may … Continue reading

Canadian study suggests gasoline-powered vehicles are more polluting than previously thought

Canadian study suggests gasoline-powered vehicles are more polluting than previously thought

Research suggests cars and other gasoline-powered vehicles are responsible for a share of two highly toxic contaminants in downtown city air that’s at least five times larger than previously thought. Bob Weber discusses the findings in an article on the National Newswatch website.   Gas-powered vehicles contribute more to city pollution than thought: research Research … Continue reading