Most-read stories of 2012

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A look back at the media releases and campaign letters that proved the most popular in 2012.

January

‘Clean Air in London’ lodges complaint over breaches of air pollution laws in London

https://cleanair.london/legal/clean-air-in-london-lodges-complaint-over-breaches-of-air-pollution-laws-in-london/

Guide to health impacts:  ‘Invisible’ air pollution is the biggest public health failing or ‘cover-up’ for decades

https://cleanair.london/health/guide-to-health-impacts-invisible-air-pollution-is-the-biggest-public-health-failing-or-cover-up-for-decades/

Smog could affect athletes

https://cleanair.london/olympics/smog-could-affect-athletes/

February

Guide to legal issues: UK is cheating on air quality laws and misleading the European Commission

https://cleanair.london/legal/guide-to-legal-issues-uk-is-cheating-on-air-quality-laws-and-misleading-the-european-commission/

Manifesto for the Mayoral and London Assembly elections

https://cleanair.london/indoor-air-quality/manifesto-for-the-mayoral-and-london-assembly-elections/

March

‘Clean Air in London’ calls for Caroline Spelman MP to be held accountable and resign for the UK misleading the European Commission over its Plans and Programmes for nitrogen dioxide and other serious public health failings

https://cleanair.london/legal/call-for-caroline-spelman-mp-to-resign-for-uk-misleading-european-commission/

April

Using pollution suppressants in front of the official air quality monitors most-used to warn the public of smog episodes and report legal breaches is public health fraud on an industrial scale

https://cleanair.london/hot-topics/public-health-fraud/

Guide to sources: London has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide of any capital city in Europe

https://cleanair.london/hot-topics/highest-no2-in-europe/

May

Government caves in and releases ministerial briefing papers hours before London elections

https://cleanair.london/legal/government-caves-in-and-releases-ministerial-briefing-papers-hours-before-london-elections/

Suspending the M4 bus lane breached air pollution law

https://cleanair.london/olympics/suspending-m4-bus-lane-has-breached-air-pollution-laws/

‘Clean Air in London’ calls for full mitigation of the ORN/PRN

https://cleanair.london/olympics/clean-air-in-london-calls-for-full-mitigation-for-the-orn-prn/

June

Commission rejects UK application to delay compliance with nitrogen dioxide laws in 12 zones

https://cleanair.london/hot-topics/london-faces-infringement/

July

‘Perfect storm’ of air pollution concerns hits London

https://cleanair.london/olympics/perfect-storm-of-concerns-about-air-pollution-hits-london-in-2012/

‘Clean Air in London’ congratulates Policy Exchange on its report ‘Something in the air’

https://cleanair.london/olympics/clean-air-in-london-congratulates-policy-exchange-on-its-report-something-in-the-air/

Mayor urged to warn all those affected by smog

https://cleanair.london/olympics/mayor-of-london-urged-to-warn-those-affected-by-smog/

Government issues ‘Pollution Episode Warning’ on eve of Olympics Opening Ceremony

https://cleanair.london/olympics/government-issues-pollution-episode-warning-on-eve-of-olympics-opening-ceremony/

August

Government forecasts smog on eve of the Olympics Closing Ceremony

https://cleanair.london/olympics/government-forecasts-smog-on-eve-of-olympics-closing-ceremony/

September

‘Clean Air in London’ calls for Paralympics marathon to be delayed

https://cleanair.london/olympics/clean-air-in-london-calls-for-paralympics-marathon-to-be-delayed/

Guide: Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor

https://cleanair.london/hot-topics/indoor-air-quality-can-be-worse-than-outdoor/

Four of nine zones have already breached nitrogen dioxide time extension

https://cleanair.london/sources/four-of-nine-uk-zones-have-already-breached-nitrogen-dioxide-time-extension/

October

Highways Agency seeking to weaken public health protections

https://cleanair.london/health/highways-agency-seeking-to-weaken-public-health-protections/

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

https://cleanair.london/solutions/directors-of-public-health-and-health-and-wellbeing-boards-urged-to-act-on-air-pollution/

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

https://cleanair.london/indoor-air-quality/few-local-authorities-know-if-their-schools-use-air-filters-that-protect-children/

November

Mayor used the Pollution Suppressor to save himself not others

https://cleanair.london/olympics/mayor-used-pollution-suppressor-to-save-himself-not-others/

Boroughs should consider urgently declaring new Air Quality Management Areas

https://cleanair.london/solutions/boroughs-should-consider-urgently-declaring-new-air-quality-management-areas/

Government ‘systematically hiding’ information about dangerous air pollutants

https://cleanair.london/sources/defra-systematically-hiding-information-about-dangerous-air-pollutants/

December

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

https://cleanair.london/olympics/government-is-systematically-hiding-smog-episodes-60-years-after-the-great-smog/

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

https://cleanair.london/legal/mayor-releases-750-pages-of-details-about-his-lobbying-to-weaken-air-pollution-laws/