Jacob West, director of healthcare innovation at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Adopting ambitious World Health Organization guidelines could not only add years to our life, but also benefit the country’s finances. These encouraging figures should give the government confidence to embrace tougher air pollution limits in the environment bill.”
Nitrogen dioxide pollution is at illegal levels in most urban parts of the UK and particulate pollution exceeds World Health Organization guidelines in many places. The government accepts that dirty air shortens lives and harms children, but its latest action plan on roadside pollution was described by environmental lawyers as “pitiful”.
“Whilst this firm and our clients are sympathetic to the pressures facing government at this time, these matters are necessarily urgent in light of the likelihood of further ‘waves’ of the Covid-19 pandemic,” they said. “The longer the government delays this review, the longer this generation and the next will suffer from the impacts of […]
Actions such as agricultural (stubble) burning that may lead to episodes need to be either curtailed entirely or managed in a way that is timed with tightening of pandemic management measures. In the future, full-scale lockdowns are unlikely, but may be replaced by on-again/off-again measures that could be targeted towards periods of high and low […]
Suzanne E. Paulson, Director, Center for Clean Air at the University of California at Los Angeles, said the wildfires are having an “enormous impact” on pollution for areas downwind. “There are so many fires burning, and they are taking a long time to control, so populations in many directions from the fires are being impacted,” […]
“The quantity of most pollutants detected in the region exceeds the environment’s capacity by more than half, which is the root cause for heavy air pollution,” said Zhao Yingmin, vice-minister of ecology and environment. “Air pollutants per unit of land in the region are two to five times the national average.”
People need to implement the directive of the city People’s Committee on measures to overcome pollution and improve the air quality index, including not using a honeycomb charcoal stoves and other coal; not burning straw and by-products in agricultural production; dumping trash on time at the right place; not burning garbage indiscriminately; limiting the burn […]
In particular, the city will put into operation a power-generating plant with capacity of 4,000 tonnes per day at the Nam Sơn waste treatment complex in Sóc Sơn District; strengthen the waste collection to the concentrated treatment areas and eliminate the waste backlog situation and waste burning activities in suburban areas.
Smoke from wildfires can irritate the lungs and cause inflammation that can affect the immune system, said Dr. Rekha Murthy, an infectious disease specialist and vice president of medical affairs at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. That inflammation can make people more at risk of lung infections.
Wednesday’s meeting called for structural adjustments in energy, industries and transport, with measures to boost the clean use of coal and expedite the transformation of industries producing steel, coke, petrochemicals and construction materials. The shipment of commodities by railway and the use of new-energy cargo vehicles in urban delivery services will be significantly increased.