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The solution to the UK's air pollution is clear - more walking, cycling, public transport, and less traffic. Photo: Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, by Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Pollution - EU takes UK to court

The Ecologist

5th March 2014

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for persistent air pollution problems - specifically its failure to cut toxic oxides of nitrogen, known as 'NOx'. more...
Mother and baby - both vulnerable to even moderate levels of air pollution. Photo:  Kaushal Vaidya via Flickr.com.

Moderate air pollution damages mothers' and babies' health

The Ecologist

21st February 2014

Air pollution can damage the health of pregnant women and their children - even if the pollution is within permitted limits, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden. Among the risks, diabetes. more...
Polluted air over London, autumn 2012. Photo: shirokazan via Flickr.com.

EU promises to act on Europe's toxic air

Matthew Ledbury

21st December 2013

Air quality is back on Europe's political agenda with new proposals put forward by the EU environment commissioner, Janez Potočnik. But do the plans go far enough? Matthew Ledbury reports. more...
Shanghai at sunset seen from the Jin Mao tower observation deck. The sun has not yet dropped below the horizon; it has simply reached the smog line. Wikimedia commons / Suicup.

Shanghai's 'airpocalypse': can China fix its deadly pollution?

Matthew Currell

13th December 2013

Shanghai is experiencing unprecedented levels of pollution. Last week fine particulate levels reached almost 20 times WHO guidelines, and they are still at dangerous levels. Matthew Currell reports on China's pollution crisis. more...
ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities

CAMPAIGN HERO: Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities

Ecologist

27th January, 2012

It is estimated that by 2030, 92 per cent of Britons will live in cities. The CEO of charity Trees for Cities on why its so important but difficult to plant trees in our streets more...
Air pollution

UK uses EU 'loophole' to delay tackling air pollution in London

Tom Levitt

13th December, 2011

Government lawyers set to argue in High Court that EU rules allow them to delay meeting air pollution targets until as late as 2025 in London despite growing health crisis more...

Sour Milk – undercover inside the US intensive dairy industry

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...
Air pollution protest

Air pollution may be ‘health timebomb’ for London’s deprived children

Henry Gass and Tom Levitt

28th July, 2011

On-going study of children in east London finds air pollution a factor in lung impairment - but political deadlock and lack of public awareness are holding up solutions more...
Catalytic Clothing

Ethical fashion takes a new direction with 'catalytic clothes' that purify polluted air

Matilda Lee

15th July, 2011

London College of Fashion recently unveiled a dress that purifies polluted city air through a chemical reaction on the surface of the fabric more...
Brighton Bike Train

Saddle up: how Brighton's bike train is greening the notorious school run

Jan Goodey

24th June, 2011

Come Friday morning and a group of kids and their parents converge to begin Brighton's Bike train cycle to school. Could this be the beginning of the great two-wheeled school run revolution? Jan Goodey reports more...
Smog

Black carbon: how reducing it could slow global warming and lift the Asian smog

William McLennan

17th June, 2011

Emissions of short-lived pollutants like black carbon can be reduced and provide quick reductions in climate change and improvements in air quality. The Ecologist reports more...

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Ecologist Magazine May 1971

The Ecologist May 1971: Trace Elements in the Environment

The Ecologist

3rd May, 2011

Forty years ago this month, Professor Henry A. Schroeder wrote Trace Elements in the Environment, about the dangers of toxic metals in the air, food and water that humans expose themselves to
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Consumptionomics

Katharine Helmore

24th January, 2011

Asia is growing at an unprecedented rate and consumption is following a similar trajectory. This, argues businessman Chandran Nair in his new book, could have dramatic consequences for the environment more...

The Wandle Trust: restoring London's 'hidden gem' river

Eifion Rees

3rd January, 2011

The transformation of the Wandle from polluted waterway to one of the capital's most loved rivers shows what communities and rivers trusts can achieve together more...
Traffic jam

Air pollution linked to 200,000 premature deaths in UK

Tom Levitt

21st December, 2010

Campaigners urge health secretary Andrew Lansley to act to reduce air pollution, as government medical experts warn of its 'significant' health burden more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Simon Birkett of the Campaign for Clean Air in London

Matilda Lee

15th November, 2010

Simon Birkett founded the cross-party Campaign for Clean Air in London (CCAL) in 2006 which aims to achieve World Health Organisation standards of air quality. He believes that if we comply with relevant laws Britain can show the world in 2012 how to successfully tackle air quality, climate change and sustainability issues... more...

The shocking cost of US 'mega-dairies'

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...

The shocking cost of US 'mega-dairies'

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...

Undercover investigation:The shocking cost of US 'mega-dairies'

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...

'Super-dairy' may only meet 'minimum' welfare standards

Andrew Wasley

21st September 2010

Advocates of Britain's biggest dairy farm, at Nocton, have sold the concept on the basis of its outstanding animal welfare and environmental credentials. But new evidence suggests this may not be possible without public funding. Andrew Wasley reports more...
The Ecologist 1970

The Ecologist September 1970: Air pollution panic

Eric S. Albone

4th September, 2010

Forty years ago this month, when Eric S. Albone’s wrote his ‘The Ailing Air’ article, the UK was suffering badly from air pollution and still today Londoners are breathing some of the worst air in Europe more...
Car exhaust pipe

What is the health impact of air pollution?

Andrew Marszal

20th April, 2010

After the Clean Air Acts banished the smogs of the 50s and 60s, many thought that air pollution problems had disappeared. They were wrong more...
Car exhaust

How to check the air quality in your area

Laura Sevier

23rd February, 2010

You might not know it, but the UK has some of the worst air quality hotspots in Europe. Follow these tips to find the cleanest air you possibly can more...
Brake marks from a car

Particles from car brakes harm lungs

Ecologist

23rd November, 2009

Findings highlight the importance of reducing brake particle emissions as well as exhaust to safeguard human health more...

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