air pollution

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    Clean indoor air in public buildings: can this be achieved?

    Despite decades of effort by many experts and a large body of evidence about the scale of the problem, the topic of indoor air quality (IAQ) in public buildings has attracted little attention beyond readers of professional journals where papers on indoor air pollution and its impacts are published. The Covid-19 pandemic changed this.

    By Professor Lidia Morawska, Queensland University of Technology, Professor Prashant Kumar, University of Surrey & Professor Catherine Noakes, University of Leeds on 12 June 2024

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    Improving air quality, now and in the future

    As a member of the Healthy Air Coalition, CIEH has argued for the UK Government and devolved nations to adopt more ambitious air quality targets that meet WHO air quality guidelines, and implement a holistic regulatory framework that supports local authorities with the capacity to enforce air quality targets.

    By Matthew Clark, CIEH on 10 June 2024

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    Key steps along the pathway to reducing air pollution from road transport

    Having long campaigned on the dangers of air pollution, and as chairman of the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ) and vice chair of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Air Pollution, it’s clear to me that there are a number of necessary steps that the UK Government and institutions need to take in order to tackle the increasingly urgent issue of air pollution from road transport.

    By Barry Sheerman on 05 June 2024

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    The simple steps we can take to stem the hidden danger of indoor air pollution

    It’s a simple, obvious truth: the cleaner the air we breathe, the healthier we are. Yet, most of us are inhaling pollution out in the streets as well as in the safety of our homes, offices, schools, hospitals and other buildings – without realising the damage it is causing to our health, nor that there are quick, easy solutions to clean the air and strengthen the health of our communities.

    By Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah CBE, Ella Roberta Foundation on 30 May 2024

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    Tube workers exposed to high dust levels take more sick leave, but more research needed: study

    London Underground staff working in parts of the network where particulate matter (PM2.5) levels are highest tend to take more sick leave than colleagues in less polluted areas, a new study led by Imperial College London has found.

    By Kerry Reals on 15 March 2024

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    Air pollution – but what can you do?

    The dire warnings about air pollution’s impact can leave us feeling scared and stuck. As a systemic problem there are limits to what individuals can do in isolation to protect themselves. But is that the full picture? What is the potential for individuals and businesses to support change?

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 August 2023

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    Outdoor workers count the all-too high cost of air pollution

    Nobody should be exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air – whether it’s at home or at work.

    By Sarah Woolnough, Asthma + Lung UK on 01 August 2023

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    Too many broths spoil the cook: the hidden dangers of air pollution in commercial kitchens

    Kitchens can be highly polluted working environments but there are options for making them safer and more sustainable.

    By Tom Parkes, London Borough of Camden on 14 June 2023

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    The air we breathe is all our business

    Businesses have a vital role to play in improving air quality – and the UK’s Clean Air Day on 15 June is a great opportunity for companies to begin or renew their efforts in this area.

    By Nicky O’Malley, director of corporate partnerships, Global Action Plan on 01 June 2023

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    Construction machinery in London: cutting its contribution to air pollution

    A Low Emission Zone for non-road mobile construction machinery in London is helping to reduce the plant’s contribution to the city’s air pollution – and in May 2023, the project was judged Innovator of the Year at the Fleet Vision International Awards.

    By Andrew Gordon, Cleaner Construction for London on 01 June 2023