Air quality

Highways England steps in to improve toxic air in Dorset village

12/05/2021

Highways England is to impose a permanent 30mph speed limit in a village suffering high air pollution after a trial achieved an improvement.

Pollution fears rise as traffic surges in Scottish cities

06/05/2021

New data shows that traffic levels in Edinburgh and Glasgow have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, adding to fears about air quality following delays to Scotland’s planned Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

More children worried about pollution near schools

19/04/2021

Nearly half of children in the UK are worried about air pollution near their school - up from 39% in 2018 - a new survey has revealed.

Clean air zones save lives and boost local economies

15/04/2021

Clean air zones (CAZs) will save lives and inject millions into local economies, an analysis of eight major cities in the UK has revealed.

County council approves Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone pilot

17/03/2021

Oxford’s proposed Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot has been formally approved by Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet for launch in August.

Bath's Clean Air Zone goes live

15/03/2021

The UK’s first charging clean air zone (CAZ) outside of London has been launched in Bath today.

Councils share £5m in Air Quality Grants

10/03/2021

A further £5m has been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects that tackle air pollution.

Nearly 50,000 school children exposed to illegal levels of air pollution, campaigners warn

09/03/2021

Thousands of children are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution because their schools are located close to major roads, campaigners have warned.

Schools Streets cutting air pollution, study reveals

09/03/2021

Closing roads around schools at pick-up and drop-off times has reduced air pollution by 23% in London, a new study published by mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed.

UK has broken air pollution law for a decade, top court warns

05/03/2021

The UK has 'systematically and persistently' broken legal limits on dangerous air pollution since 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled.

Pandemic could lead to rise in road traffic levels, data warns

04/03/2021

Traffic levels in some of the UK’s largest cities have nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, new data has revealed.

MPs call for tougher targets to lower air pollution

11/02/2021

MPs have urged the Government to set tougher targets to lower air pollution in and give councils extra funding to improve local air quality.

Fossil fuel air pollution causes one in five deaths every year, research shows

09/02/2021

Fossil fuel pollution is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide - much higher than previously thought - according to new research.

Over half a million face clean air zone charges this year

08/02/2021

Half a million drivers in London and Birmingham could be 'priced off the road' under Clean Air Zone charges this year, according to motoring group The AA.

Oxford first council to approve city-wide air pollution target

21/01/2021

Oxford City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to approve a city-wide air pollution reduction target.

Air pollution contributed to Ella's death, coroner rules

17/12/2020

A landmark judgement has determined that exposure to excessive air pollution, mainly from traffic emissions, contributed to the death of a nine-year-old girl from South London.

Councils warned to push ahead with clean air zones

10/12/2020

Air pollution exceeds pre-pandemic levels in 80% of places despite continued lockdown restrictions, new research has uncovered today.

Birmingham to launch Clean Air Zone in June 2021

09/10/2020

Birmingham City Council has confirmed the government-mandated Clean Air Zone is now scheduled to launch on 1 June 2021.

Air pollution round schools is impacting learning, research finds

08/10/2020

Reducing air pollution levels by 20% could improve a child’s ability to learn within one month, new research has found.

Call for evidence on appointing Air Quality Partners

06/10/2020

The Government has launched a call for evidence on which public bodies should help local authorities to tackle air pollution.

'Dramatic' fall in London's air pollution since 2016, data shows

05/10/2020

Despite dramatic improvements in London's air quality since 2016, air pollution is still a major public health challenge, new data has revealed.

Parents call on councils to improve school air quality

15/09/2020

Parents call on councils to improve air quality as research suggests 50% reduction in pollution could halve number of children?with?poor lung function.

Government announces £2m clean air fund

02/09/2020

The Government has announced the latest round of funding for local projects to improve air quality across England.

Council chiefs urge courier services to swap vans for cargo bikes

27/08/2020

Delivery companies should switch to cargo bike schemes where possible to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and reduce congestion, council leaders say.

Leeds could scrap CAZ as pandemic cuts traffic and pollution

20/08/2020

Leeds City Council could scrap its planned Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if levels of toxic air pollution remain within legal limits.

Link between polluted air and COVID-19 deaths revealed

18/08/2020

People were more likely to die from COVID-19 in highly polluted areas in England at the start of the pandemic, new research has found.

The ‘Great Reset’: Reshaping transport for a greener future

17/08/2020

Sandra Witzel explores how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can help local transport authorities encourage active travel.

Applications for the Design in the Public Sector programme now open

11/08/2020

Local authorities in England are now able to apply to take part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) climate change-themed Design in the Public Sector programme.

'Breathable billboard' unveiled as part of air quality campaign

31/07/2020

A 'breathable billboard' has been launched to help encourage local authorities to tackle air pollution as part of the COVID-19 recovery strategy.

More than a thousand sites are breaching air pollution limits

30/07/2020

More than a thousand locations across England are breaching legal air pollution limits, research has found.

MPs launch inquiry into use of electric scooters

22/04/2020

An inquiry looking at the safety and legal implications of e-scooters has been launched by the Transport Committee.

Coronavirus lockdown has improved air quality, scientists find

01/04/2020

Air pollution across the UK’s largest cities has fallen since the start of the lockdown, new analysis has shown.

Pandemic forces Birmingham to delay launch of Clean Air Zone

25/03/2020

Birmingham City Council has written to the Government requesting postponement to the launch of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to help protect the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils granted over £2m to improve air quality

18/03/2020

Local authorities across England have been granted more than £2.2m in Government funding to deliver innovative projects to improve air quality.

London council launches ‘Electric Avenue, W9’

17/03/2020

Westminster CC has joined Siemens in order to deliver the UK’s first avenue that has been fully converted to provide lamppost electric vehicle charging points.

Leeds council confirms CAZ launch date

11/03/2020

A date has been confirmed for the launch of Leeds’ Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ), which aims at tackling air pollution and protecting the health of residents in the city.

Councils warn 3.6 million extra cars are damaging Britain’s roads

09/03/2020

Council leaders have warned the number of extra cars being driven on the roads would cover the entire length of Britain’s coastline if lined up next to each other.

Air pollution stopping children reaching sporting potential, report warns

11/02/2020

More than a quarter of children’s sports grounds have dangerous levels of air pollution, a new report has found.

Over 50,000 trees to be planted in urban areas

10/02/2020

More than 50,000 trees are to be planted in urban communities following the allocation of the first round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

A quarter of population exposed to toxic air, charity warns

04/02/2020

A quarter of people in the UK are living in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, a new study has warned today.

Environment Bill to give councils ‘clear framework’ to tackle pollution

30/01/2020

Local authorities will have a clear framework for tackling air pollution with the introduction of the Environment Bill, according to the Government.

Brighton considers becoming a ‘car-free’ city

28/01/2020

Brighton & Hove City councillors have agreed to look into the possibility of the city becoming ‘car-free’ by 2023.

Indoor air pollution linked to respiratory problems in children

28/01/2020

Doctors call for local authorities to be given more powers to deal with air quality in homes and schools as a new study links indoor air pollution with respiratory problems in children.

One in 19 deaths in cities due to air pollution, think tank reveals

27/01/2020

A think tank has urged councils to take urgent action to improve air quality in cities after research reveals that more than one in 19 deaths in urban areas is caused by pollution.

Glasgow set for 20mph speed limit

23/01/2020

Glasgow City Council has approved plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit across most of its roads.

Council clamps down on idling drivers by removing coach parking spots

23/01/2020

Westminster City Council is removing prime parking spots for coaches after drivers ignored previous warnings to turn off their engines while parked.

NLGN study highlights concerns over air quality

22/01/2020

Unitaries are much less likely than Metropolitan councils and London boroughs to consider taking action on air quality as ‘extremely or very important’, the latest quarterly NLGN leadership index survey has found.

Air pollution 'major public health emergency’, charity warns

13/01/2020

Heart and circulatory disease deaths attributed to particulate matter air pollution could exceed 160,000 over the next decade in the UK, according to a health charity.

Oxford councils propose UK’s first Zero Emission Zone

08/01/2020

The final draft proposals for the UK’s first city centre Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) have been published as part of a drive to reduce Oxford’s ‘toxic air pollution levels’.

Former council employee who falsified air quality data convicted of fraud

20/12/2019

A former Waverley Borough Council employee has been given a suspended prison sentence for committing fraud after falsifying air quality data.

City of London Corporation launches UK’s first 24/7 zero emission street

17/12/2019

A busy thoroughfare in the City of London is set to become the UK’s first street where polluting vehicles are banned all year round.

‘Vast majority’ of council vehicles run on diesel despite pollution concerns

11/12/2019

Over 90% of vehicles operated by local authorities run on diesel despite council efforts to tackle air pollution, new research has revealed.

What next for the Environment Bill?

04/12/2019

Simon Colvin explores what local government needs to know about the Environment Bill.

Bristol backpedals on diesel vehicle acquisition

03/12/2019

Bristol City Council has suspended its roll-out of a new vehicle fleet after purchasing dozens of diesel vehicles despite a planned city centre diesel ban.

Hedges around parks can halve pollution, study finds

21/11/2019

Planting a hedge in front of a park can cut air pollution in half, a new study has found.

The fight against toxic air

18/11/2019

Michael Lewis outlines how local authorities are leading the way in clearing the air.

Five Bristol residents die prematurely each week due to pollution

18/11/2019

Air pollution in Bristol, largely caused by diesel cars, contributes to five people dying prematurely every week, new research has revealed.

Cities can address climate crisis by ‘joining the dots’ between sectors

14/11/2019

Cities can help protect the environment by linking up their policies on transport, energy and the built environment, according to campaigners.

Khan launches £25m ‘scrap for cash’ polluting vehicle scheme

24/10/2019

Low-income and disabled motorists in London will receive up to £2,000 for scrapping their old, polluting cars.

Queen's Speech 19: Councils promised new powers to tackle pollution

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech promised an Environment Bill which will establish a ‘world-leading’ independent regulator, the Office for Environmental Protection, and hand some new powers to councils.

A quarter of London’s parks have unsafe air quality

11/10/2019

One in four of green spaces in London breach safety limits for air quality, new analysis has revealed.

Pledging to make air pollution a national priority

09/10/2019

Cllr Julian Bell explains how the capital's local government is leading the way by raising awareness of air pollution, and tackling it with innovative projects.

Councils urged to fine drivers who leave engines running while parked

07/10/2019

Seven out of ten drivers want to see councils doing more to tackle motorists who leave their engines running when parked, a car insurance company has found.

Councils urged to apply for funding from £2m air quality pot

04/10/2019

The Government has today announced the latest round of funding to help local authorities improve air quality across England.

Health chiefs recommend new air pollution curbs

19/09/2019

Environment and public health chiefs have made a raft of recommendations to tackle air pollution in London, including new local measures to reduce car use.

Cities make business case for air quality funding

02/09/2019

Leaders of cities with illegal levels of air pollution are calling for the Government to boost spending on air quality, arguing that a fund of £1.5bn could generate up to £6.5bn in returns.

Over 10 million patients in hospitals with ‘dangerous pollution levels’

19/08/2019

Nearly a quarter of hospitals in England are located in areas with poor air quality, new research reveals.

Glasgow council launches car-free zones around schools

16/08/2019

Glasgow City Council is trialling car free zones to improve road safety and reduce harmful emissions outside of six of the city’s primary schools.

Think tank calls for fuel duty rise to tackle pollution

12/08/2019

A think tank has called for tough action to tackle air pollution, particularly from road transport, including higher fuel prices and a default 20mph urban speed limit.

Air pollution could be causing a third of child asthma cases, study warns

08/08/2019

Air pollution could be the cause of up to a third of new cases of childhood asthma in Europe, according to a new study.

Newham Council installs nearly 100 air quality monitors in schools

30/07/2019

The London Borough of Newham has announced it will be installing 96 air quality monitoring tubes in schools across its area in an effort to tackle air pollution.

London boroughs eye £750 workplace parking charge

25/07/2019

Several London boroughs are considering introducing workplace parking levies (WPLs) of at least £750 a year to cut pollution and encourage active travel.

London Assembly reminds PM of past promises

25/07/2019

The London Assembly has written to the new PM urging him to continue opposing Heathrow expansion and calling on him to support moves to tackle domestic abuse.

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published

11/07/2019

A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Birmingham CC to pilot ‘car free’ areas outside schools

10/07/2019

A scheme to ban vehicles from roads near schools at the start and end of the day is to be tried in Birmingham from September.

Whitehall announces nearly £40m electric chargepoint investment

09/07/2019

The Government has announced it is investing £37m to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure.

Air pollution ‘shortening the lives of children’, report reveals

08/07/2019

A new study has revealed that air pollution could be shortening the lives of children in Birmingham by seven months.

Grayling promises 'tougher penalties' for vehicle idling

01/07/2019

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has threaten drivers who leave their engine on while parked with ‘tougher penalties’ in an effort to reduce air pollution.

Fall in number of councils reducing carbon footprint

28/06/2019

The number of UK local authority areas reducing their carbon footprint is falling despite Parliament setting a new target for cutting emissions, according to a research and campaign group.

Policies to clean up air pollution ‘effective’, research suggests

27/06/2019

Policies to clean up air pollution in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in human exposure to air pollution, research suggests.

UK commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’

27/06/2019

The UK has become the ‘first major economy’ to pass a law to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.

Councils hit out at clean air zone delays

19/06/2019

The UK's two biggest local authorities have blamed the Government for delays to introducing the country's first clean air zones.

Children exposed to toxic air inside schools, report warns

18/06/2019

The quality of air inside and outside primary schools must be improved to protect children's health, campaigners have demanded.

Coventry ordered to implement clean air zone

17/05/2019

Coventry City Council has accused the Government of using ‘heavy handed’ tactics after it was ordered to implement a clean air zone.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

Khan hails 'landmark day' as London ULEZ begins

08/04/2019

London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) – described by mayor Sadiq Khan as the world’s toughest vehicle emissions standard – began on Monday.

Councils must finalise air quality plans or face legal action, lawyers say

27/03/2019

Environmental campaigners have written to 38 local authorities warning them to finalise their air quality plans or face legal action.

Councils should do more to cut emissions outside of schools, charity says

25/03/2019

Sustainable transport campaigners have called on local authorities to close the streets outside of schools during the school run to cut dangerous emissions.

Councils chosen to share £25m clean bus funding

22/03/2019

A £25m fund to upgrade buses with technologies that reduce harmful emissions will be shared by 14 local authorities.

Birmingham faces 'major public health crisis’, council warns

14/03/2019

Birmingham City Council has been given the go-ahead to introduce a clean air zone to tackle what it has called a 'major public health crisis'.

Legal challenges to Heathrow Expansion begin

11/03/2019

Five legal challenges to the Government’s plans for a new runway at Heathrow will reach the High Court this week.

Bristol council misses second deadline for clean air plan

22/02/2019

Bristol City Council has missed its second deadline for publishing its clean air plan due to concerns it would have an ‘adverse impact’ on low income groups.

Infrastructure funding must be tied to ‘clean air agenda’, think tank says

14/02/2019

Ministers must use the forthcoming spending review to tie funding for vital public infrastructure to the 'clean air agenda', according to think tank Localis.

Council rolls scooters out in bid to tackle pollution

13/02/2019

Children in Leeds will soon be travelling to school on scooters instead of in cars as part of the council’s push to clean up the city’s air.

Health experts warn about impact of toxic air on children

06/02/2019

Nearly nine out of ten child health experts are warning air pollution is already having a negative impact on children's health in their region.

Whitehall launches ‘ambitious’ clean air strategy

14/01/2019

The Government’s new clean air strategy aims to cut the costs of air pollution to society by nearly £2bn every year by 2020, although critics warn it lacks detail.

Nottingham first to have its air quality plan approved

23/11/2018

The Government has given a plan to tackle air pollution in Nottingham city centre the go-ahead.

Whitehall’s response to air pollution ‘lacks ambition’

29/10/2018

Health bodies have criticised the Government’s approach to pollution and called for legally enforced air standards to ensure cleaner air across the UK.

Local leaders call for £1.5bn to tackle air pollution

23/10/2018

Local leaders from across the political spectrum have called on Philip Hammond to fill a £1.5bn black hole they argue exists in the funding needed to fight air pollution.

Heathrow legal challenges to go to full hearing

05/10/2018

Courts of Justice today ruled that all six legal challenges brought against the decision in June to back a third runway at Heathrow can go to a full hearing.

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