The developed world has largely eliminated the opaque pea-souper smogs which marinaded city streets in dangerous toxins until the mid-20th century, but serious air pollution problems remain. In the UK, recent reassessment of the scale of the problem revealed 64,000 deaths were attributed to poisonous air in 2015, and across Europe it is believed more people now die from air pollution than from smoking. So is our air actually getting worse, or have we become better at assessing the damage? We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now The answer is the latter: air in Britain is far cleaner than it has been in well over a hundred years. Our former dependence on coal in the home and for industry meant emissions of black smoke were up to 50 times higher in the decades before the clean air act of 1956 than they are today. During the great London smog of 1952, 4,000 people … [Read more...] about Is air pollution actually getting worse in Britain?
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Residents in Waverley will be heading to the polls on Thursday, May 2 to elect all 57 councillors in the borough. Waverley Borough Council is currently run by the Conservative party , with 49 councillors in the available 57 seats. The rest of the council is made up of six Farnham Residents and one Liberal Democrat representative. The Labour Party, Green Party and UKIP currently have no councillors so will be looking to get a seat on the council. SurreyLive has contacted every candidate in Waverley with the same brief - they have no more than 100 words to sell themselves. Below you will see the bios for every candidate who responded, listed under the name of the ward they hope to represent. Take a look to see what each candidate had to say. Alfold, Cranleigh Rural & Ellens Green Kevin Neil Deanus, Conservative Party There is only one candidate to be elected in this ward and it is uncontested, so there is no need for a bio. Blackheath & Wonersh Robert Ellis, … [Read more...] about Waverley election candidates explain why you should vote for them
All 48 seats on Guildford Borough Council will be up for election on May 2. The Conservatives are currently firmly in control of the council, holding 31 seats - six more than are needed for a majority. The number of seats up for election, and the number of votes you have, will depend on where you live. Some wards, like Onslow and Holy Trinity, elect three candidates, others elect two or even one, so make sure you check how many boxes you need to tick when you get to the polling station. Polls open at 7am on May 2 and close at 10pm, with the votes counted the next day. Read More More Guildford headlines Read on to find out more about who is standing in your ward. Candidates were given 100 words to make their pitch to you (and we cut them short if they went over). If you don't know what ward you live in, you can put your postcode into this webpage to find out. It will also tell you who currently represents your ward. Ash South and Tongham Paul Abbey, Residents for Guildford and … [Read more...] about Meet the candidates hoping to be elected to Guildford council
Earth Day is an annual call to arms for the public to learn more about the beauty of the world and the dangers threatening the natural order. The celebration falls each year on April 22, with hundreds of millions of people around the globe participating together. This year’s event marks the 49th ever Earth Day, since its inception in 1970. Earth Day is organised and promoted by the Earth Day Network (EDN). What is Earth Day 2019? Earth Day officially kicked off nearly half-a-century ago on April 22, 1970, which the Earth Day Network boasts marks the birth of modern environmentalism. The Earth Day Network said: “At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans “Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. “Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.” … [Read more...] about Earth Day 2019: When is Earth Day this year and what is theme of Earth Day 2019?
When Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana was chosen to serve on a new House committee dedicated to climate change, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) supported the pick. In January he co-sponsored a conservation bill introduced in the House, and environmental groups have applauded his past work to protect and restore coastal communities. The third-term congressman says he believes "some components" of climate change can be considered a national emergency. He's also a Republican. "It's important that we redefine the narrative," Graves said in an interview with CBS News. "Do I think that there are components of what some view as climate change as being a crisis? Yeah. Yeah, I do."Graves, 47, is the top GOP member on the newly appointed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, a pick conservatives applauded as "savvy.""He's a really great member to take on a really complex challenge like this," said Rich Powell, executive director of Clear Path, a nonprofit … [Read more...] about Meet the GOP congressman trying to “redefine the narrative” on climate change