Air quality

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.

Councils urged to switch to low-emission vehicles

21/09/2018

The government's official health advisers have appealed to public sector organisations to switch to low-emission vehicles.

Cities commit to procuring only zero-emission buses after 2025

14/09/2018

Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Oxford have all committed to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 in a bid to reduce air pollution and make their cities ‘healthier.’

London councils launch low emission zones

05/09/2018

Two London councils have restricted nine streets to ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) during peak times.

City leaders call on PM to take action on air pollution

28/08/2018

Leaders of the UK’s major cities have joined forces to urge Theresa May to take ‘tough and urgent’ action to deal with air pollution.

Hackney raises £100,000 a week from controversial traffic camera

24/08/2018

It is the ‘responsibility of drivers’ to read signs, Hackney Council argues in response to criticisms that its new traffic cameras are inadequately signposted.

Councils begin judicial review against Heathrow expansion

07/08/2018

Five London councils, Greenpeace and the mayor of London have started judicial review proceedings against the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Councils warn of congestion crisis after vehicle numbers jump by 2.5 million

30/07/2018

The number of vehicles on England’s roads have risen by 2.5 million in the last five years, while road space has only increased by 0.6%, council leaders have warned.

Councils seek judicial review of Heathrow runway decision

20/07/2018

London councils have notified the secretary of state for transport they will be seeking a judicial review of the decision to support third Heathrow runway.

Nottingham rules out plans for Clean Air Zone

12/07/2018

Nottingham City Council is no longer considering introducing a Clean Air Zone after outlining other measures to improve air quality.

Whitehall publishes plan to boost take-up of ‘ultra low emission cars’

09/07/2018

The Government today announced that it wants at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 in an effort to tackle air pollution.

Millions of children exposed to ‘toxic’ air pollution, charity warns

21/06/2018

One in three children in the UK are growing up in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, new research by Unicef has revealed.

City leaders want 2030 petrol and diesel ban

18/06/2018

A cross-party alliance of English and Welsh city leaders has called on ministers to bring the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles forward by 10 years.

Glasgow set for Scotland’s first low emission zone

15/06/2018

Glasgow is set to become the first city in Scotland to reduce air pollution by imposing a low emission zone.

Council criticised for Oxford Street pedestrianisation U-turn

08/06/2018

Westminster City Council has defended itself against accusations it has ‘betrayed’ Londoners with its decision not to make Oxford Street a car-free area.

Car pollution costs health services £6bn a year, study reveals

06/06/2018

Pollution from cars and vans costs £6bn per year in ‘health damages’, new research has revealed.

Khan launches electric vehicle task force

01/06/2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a taskforce to boost the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in the capital.

Council chiefs call for ‘sufficient’ funding to implement clean air strategy

22/05/2018

Local authority leaders have warned new air quality plans can only be successful if they are supported by ‘local flexibility and sufficient funding’.

Ban cars from school areas, charity says

21/05/2018

A charity has urged the Government to ban cars from the immediate vicinity of school gates at drop off and pick up times in order to improve air quality.

Air pollution destroying roadside flowers warns charity

14/05/2018

Air pollution and bad management have caused the diversity of wild flowers on road verges to fall by 20%, new research has found.

Children want politicians and drivers to cut pollution near schools

23/04/2018

Over two fifths (43%) of children living in urban areas are concerned about levels of air pollution near their school, according to a new survey.

Calls for cycling and walking policies to be joined with Clean Air Plans

26/03/2018

Local authorities should place health practitioners in transport and planning teams to help integrate cycling and walking infrastructure, a new report has argued.

Whitehall launched £260m package to improve air quality

23/03/2018

The Government today launched a £260m package to help local authorities tackle air pollution.

Pollution reduced by signs prompting drivers to switch off engines

14/03/2018

Strategically-placed road signs can help tackle air pollution by prompting drivers to turn their engines off at traffic lights, new research reveals.

Three boroughs share funding to tackle London’s toxic air

05/03/2018

Three London boroughs have received £766,000 to help accelerate the switch to zero emission vehicles.

Majority of older people living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution

05/03/2018

More than half (56%) of older people in England lived in an area which breached legal air pollution limits in 2015, according to new analysis.

Consultation on cutting soot and smoke emissions launched

30/01/2018

Local authorities could be granted new powers to take action against persistent smoke offenders as part of a push to improve air quality.

London’s air quality ‘temporarily’ within legal limits

16/01/2018

The capital’s air quality is within legal limits for the first time in a decade, but it is likely to exceed these limits by the end of the month, the mayor says.

The problem with the T-Charge

18/12/2017

Will introducing a T-Charge in London help reduce emissions and improve air quality? Sukalpa Biswa argues there are more effective approaches.

Air pollution harming unborn babies, medical study shows

06/12/2017

Air pollution from road traffic in London is harming unborn babies, a shocking medical study has revealed.

Government faces more legal action over air quality plans

06/12/2017

Ministers face yet another challenge to their plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution from road traffic after a judge ordered a High Court hearing in the new year.

Diesel bus ban ‘devastating’ to communities, transport expert says

21/11/2017

Banning diesel buses from city centres would have a 'devastating impact on local communities', a leading transport expert has warned.

RAC calls for emissions standards database

10/11/2017

Drivers must be able to check the status of their car's exhaust emissions quickly when councils bring in new schemes to cut pollution, the RAC has warned.

£2.8bn announced in one quarter to support innovative cities

09/11/2017

Nearly £3bn of funding was announced this quarter to support investments in housing, air quality improvements, mobility technologies, and other developments, a new quarterly report today reveals.

44 UK cities in breach of international air quality guidelines

31/10/2017

The Government should invest more in sustainable transport, doctors say as research reveals over 40 UK cities are in breach of recommended World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for air quality.

Edinburgh considers parking surcharge for diesel cars

25/10/2017

A surcharge on parking permits for diesel cars is being considered by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Oxford councils propose world's first 'zero emission zone'

12/10/2017

Councillors in Oxford have agreed a plan to cut pollution which they say will create the world's first 'zero emission zone'.

London mayor should encourage walking and cycling to cut pollution levels

10/10/2017

Transport and environment experts have called on the Mayor of London to make more efficient use of the capital’s finite road network as part of a push to tackle air pollution.

Londoners exposed to ‘dangerous’ levels of toxic air

05/10/2017

People living in the capital are exposed to ‘dangerous’ levels of toxic air particles, warns Sadiq Khan.

Police investigate council for manipulated air quality data

21/09/2017

Police in east Cheshire have launched an investigation into allegations the council manipulated air quality data.

The challenge of clean air zones

16/08/2017

With five cities being mandated to implement a charging clean air zone, what challenges are local authorities going to face in designing and implementing such schemes? Tom Henderson reports.

Borough rewards residents for reducing air pollution

09/08/2017

People in a London borough are to be given vouchers to spend in high street shops as a reward for walking or cycling instead of driving cars.

Council apologises over air quality ‘manipulation’

02/08/2017

Cheshire East Council has apologised after admitting its air quality figures were deliberately tampered with for three years.

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