Energy-efficient housing is reducing ventilation and trapping air pollution INDOORS – putting the health of children with breathing conditions like asthma at risk

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. After the gas is released into the atmosphere it stays there, making it difficult for heat to escape – and warming up the planet in the process. 

Give councils powers to tackle indoor air pollution, experts urge

“For air quality plans to be successful, they need to be underpinned by local flexibility and sufficient funding, while issues around resourcing and capacity also need to be addressed, as well as educating the public around the need to reduce pollution.”

One in 10 child asthma cases ‘linked to traffic pollution’

Prof Rajen Naidoo, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, said: “This strengthens the case for the downward revision of these global [pollution] standards and for stronger national policy initiatives in countries without air quality standards.”

Air quality in Mumbai improves to ‘satisfactory’ after days of ‘poor’ air

A marginal drop in minimum temperatures was witnessed as the suburbs recorded 19.2 degrees Celsius while 20 degrees Celsius was recorded in south Mumbai, both still above the normal mark. The weather bureau has predicted a drop in both minimum and maximum temperatures for Wednesday till Friday owing to cool northerly winds over Mumbai.

Making homes more energy efficient has made them more polluted inside

Professor Stephen Holgate, special adviser for the Royal College of Physicians, added: “If we ask our children to spend their childhood days in unhealthy spaces, then we’re storing up problems for future health.”

Denis Shapovalov would rather pull out of Australian Open than risk his health in polluted air

If anything similar were to happen in the main event – which starts on Sunday night, UK time – the backlash against Tennis Australia would be significant. This event is known for being player-friendly, a reputation it risks if it sends big names out to compete in a heavy smoke haze.

Bright lights, big city: the problem with light pollution

In Europe, France led the way when, in 2012, the French minister for energy and environment unveiled a proposal for lights in and outside shops, offices, and public buildings – including the flagship Louis Vuitton store and the Lido cabaret house on Paris’ Avenue des Champs Elysees – to be turned off between 1am and 7 […]

Light rain fails to clean up city air

Gurugram The city received a spell of light rain on Tuesday morning, followed by another spell in the evening, recording 3.2mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 8.30pm on Tuesday, according to the data recorded at the Palam observatory of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

UK weather forecast: Health warning in place ahead of ‘coldest nights’ of winter

UK 5 day weather forecast Monday 20 Jan - Friday 24 Jan Today: A cold and frosty start with some mist but brightening up with good sunshine developing. Feeling pleasant in the sunshine. Cloudier from northwest England northwards with some rain for the high ground and the Northern Isles. Windier here.

New York City congestion charge – what it can learn from London

Has the London congestion charge worked? Minicabs to pay London congestion charge What are some of the concerns?Opponents in New York say the charge will push drivers into neighbourhoods that already have high rates of asthma and air pollution such as Harlem, south Bronx and Bedford-Stuyvesant.