Scores More Heart Attacks and Strokes on High Pollution Days, Figures Show

Scores of children and adults are being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment on days of high pollution in cities across England, figures show. Each year emergency services see more than 120 additional cardiac arrests, more than 230 additional strokes and nearly 200 more people with asthma requiring hospital treatment …

Aldi to Trial Plastic-Free Veg at Its Stores in England

Aldi is extending a trial to eliminate the use of plastic packaging for some fresh vegetables at its stores in England. The supermarket started selling five loose fresh produce, including savoy cabbage, white and red cabbage, pointed cabbage and cauliflower, without plastic wrapping in Scotland earlier this year. It says …

English Tree Planting Challenge Will Help Plant 130,000 Trees

More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation’s battle against global heating. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will announce on Sunday that grants for the plantings will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge …

Air Pollution Linked to Psychotic Experiences in Young People

Young people living with higher levels of air pollution are significantly more likely to have psychotic experiences, according to the first study of the issue. Researchers analysed the experiences of more than 2,000 17-year-olds across England and Wales and found that those in places with higher levels of nitrogen oxides …

28,000 Jobs at Risk in North of England over Low-Carbon Economy

As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the region could be at the heart of …

Plastic Straws and Cotton Buds Could Be Banned in England in a Year

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a consultation on the proposals. Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds could be banned within a year in England under government plans to reduce pollution. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a consultation – until 3rd December 2018 – on the proposals to …

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Irish Sea

The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened in the Irish Sea on Thursday, covering an area of 145 square kilometers (55 square miles). The 659-megawatt Walney Extension, located approximately 19 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Cumbria, England, consists of 87 turbines and is capable of generating enough renewable …