Economic Slowdown as a Result of COVID Is No Substitute for Climate Action

Efforts to control the Coronavirus pandemic have reduced economic activity and led to localized improvements in air quality. But it is too early to assess the implications for concentrations of greenhouse gases which are responsible for long-term climate change. Carbon dioxide levels at key observing stations have so far this …

Red Flag for Air Quality as London Breaches Pollution Limit

London has officially broken annual legal limits for air pollution, sparking fresh calls for the government to take urgent action to improve air quality in the UK. According to provisional data released today by King’s College London, which manages air quality monitors throughout the city, Brixton Road in South London …

Roads Could be Covered with ‘Tunnels’ to Absorb Pollution

Major roads could be turned into tunnels covered with pollution-absorbing material in an effort to cut emission fumes and improve air quality. Highways Agency officials are studying a Dutch scheme in which cantilevered canopies are constructed over the most polluted sections of road to prevent local residents breathing in noxious …

Government Urged to Back EU Sharing Cities Electric Vehicle Project

A cross-party group of politicians has called on the government to throw its weight behind an EU-wide working group aimed at accelerating the uptake of clean, low carbon technologies across European cities. In an open letter published in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday 15 MPs, Peers, and MEPs highlighted the environmental …

France Slapped with Court Order to Clean Up Air Pollution

France’s supreme legal authority has ordered the French government to address the nation’s poor air quality in a landmark court case brought by Friends of the Earth France with the support of environmental lawyers ClientEarth. The Conseil d’État yesterday gave the French government nine months to produce an air quality …

Diesel Emissions: the Clues Were There

It is amazing that the Volkswagen and diesel emissions scandal was not discovered earlier. In 2003 nitrogen dioxide alongside London’s Marylebone Road increased by around 20%. As we approached the 2010 legal compliance date, concentrations from traffic went up, not down, and diesel cars were shown to be much more …