The government’s environment bill has been delayed, but is set to return to parliament this autumn. However, as currently written it will not contain new targets on air pollution. Any binding new targets, to take over from the EU’s regulations, will not be set out until late 2022, after a consultation.
A series of reports have outlined the impact of air pollution – including detrimental effects on teenage mental health, a “huge” reduction in intelligence among children growing up in polluted areas, and a record number of asthma deaths.
Dirty air is estimated to cause 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, and evidence is mounting that it is linked to increased Covid-19 infection rates and death rates. The lawyers, acting for Mums for Lungs and the Good Law Project, say this potential risk to life means ministers must act even if the […]
As India faces a steep rise in Covid-19 cases, it is critical to employ all reasonable strategies to decrease transmission and to lower the number of severe infections which burden the health care system. Reducing air pollution is one such strategy that may be more important for India than any other country globally. So far, […]
Bay Area Air Quality Management District BAAQMD Current Air Quality EPA AirNow Purple Air – Tracks particulate matter, sensors may register higher numbers than the air actual air quality. Stanford University Director of Air Pollution and Health Research Dr. Mary Prunicki is using a combination of regulatory government monitors, and low-cost commercially available sensors.
Wildfires burn across California every year between June and November, when conditions are hot and dry. This year’s season, however, is already the worst on record, with over two million acres incinerated. So far six of California’s top 20 biggest wildfires in history have taken place in 2020, and there are still two months left […]
“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.”
However, the implementation has not been effective because the sanction level is still low while the handling of the authorities is not drastic so it is not enough to be deterrent. The department has proposed the city People’s Committee assign the Department of Construction in co-ordination with the Department of Finance to study and propose […]
The improvement was even more significant in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and neighboring areas－one of the regions that has suffered the most severe air pollution in recent years－with PM2.5 concentrations down by 16.7 percent and the percentage of days with good air quality up by 12.6 percentage points.
These days air pollution comes largely from diesel engines. It can be best seen when fumes get trapped and a dull orange-grey smog develops. Technically, it is produced by sunlight reacting with nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the atmosphere. When sunlight hits these chemicals, they form airborne particles and the result is […]