Year: 2012

Mayor releases 750 pages of details about his lobbying to weaken air pollution laws

Mayor releases first tranche of information about his lobbying to weaken air pollution laws   Information reveals lobbying on an industrial scale to influence hundreds of organisations and individuals across Europe.  It would have caused a scandal if released before the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Mayor might have lost the last election if Londoners had known ... Read more

Mayor caught lobbying to weaken international air pollution laws

Mayor of London is lobbying for ‘flexibility’ in possible new laws and hiding his communications with 11 other European cities and regions in the lobbying group BBC investigation discovers the Mayor’s partners include the some of the most polluted areas of Europe and the controversial ‘Lega Nord’ political party The BBC Sunday Politics London show today ... Read more

Government systematically hiding smog episodes 60 years after the ‘Great Smog’

Government hid a number of ‘High’ air pollution events during the Olympics and Paralympic Games.  Endurance athletes may have been affected.  Government also hid a ‘High’ pollution episode in parts of the UK just days before the 60th anniversary of the Great Smog Top scientists from ClearfLo have confirmed that a number of ‘High’ pollution ... Read more

Public Health Presents…

Presentation titled ‘Building public understanding of air pollution’ to Public Health Presents – the tri-borough public health forum for the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster – on 27 November 2012

Defra ‘systematically hiding’ information about dangerous air pollutants

Response to Defra consultation on statistical releases on (i) emissions of air pollutants and (ii) air quality statistics I am writing on behalf of Clean Air in London (CAL) to respond to the informal consultation by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on ‘Streamlining statistical releases on (i) emissions of air pollutants ... Read more

Boroughs should consider urgently declaring new Air Quality Management Areas

Clean Air in London considers Brent, Bromley, Hillingdon, Lewisham, Newham and Sutton should consider urgently declaring Air Quality Management Areas or extending existing ones The Greater London Authority (GLA) has released details of Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in London after a request from Clean Air in London (CAL) under the Environmental Information Regulations.  In ... Read more

Mayor used the Pollution Suppressor to save himself not others

Mayor targeted the use of pollution suppressants at sites estimated, through computer modelling and monitoring, to have the highest daily levels of dangerous airborne particles i.e. the worst legal exposures not the worst population exposures Pollution suppressants were used every day during the Olympic and Paralympic Games at locations expected to show increases in emissions. ... Read more

Building public understanding of air pollution

Presentations at Masterclass at Public Service Events conference titled ‘Public health: an update and way forward’ on 24 October 2012.  See: Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, on ‘Building public understanding of air pollution’ CAL 210 Presentation to PSE 241012_SMB final as presented Dr Gary Fuller, King’s College London, on ... Read more

Few local authorities know if their schools use air filters that protect children

Updated 24 November 2012 Air filtration in public buildings in London Few local authorities know if their buildings use regularly maintained air filters that comply with indoor air quality standard EN 13779, particularly schools Summary and recommendations Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be worse than outdoor (or ambient) air quality (AAQ) due to the many ... Read more

Directors of Public Health and Health and Wellbeing Boards urged to act on air pollution

OPEN LETTER Dear Directors of Public Health and members of Health and Wellbeing Boards ‘Invisible’ air pollution is the biggest public health risk after smoking ‘Clean Air in London’ urges you to: ensure your Joint Strategic Needs Assessment considers air pollution; and prioritise measures to address air pollution in your Health and Wellbeing Strategy  ‘Clean ... Read more

Highways Agency seeking to weaken public health protections

Review of the Highways Agency’s approach to evaluating significant air quality effects I am writing on behalf of Clean Air in London (CAL) with comments on the above consultation which was dated 7 September 2012 (the Consultation).  Please respond to the issues raised in this letter. CAL is a company limited by guarantee which campaigns ... Read more

Four of nine UK zones have already breached nitrogen dioxide time extension

Time extensions for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have been breached already in Leicester, North Wales, Nottingham and Portsmouth Worsening in each of the last three years of one of the most important determinants of public health i.e. exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) ‘Clean Air in London’ calls on Commissioner Potočnik to launch infraction against the UK The ... Read more
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