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?
Clean air act of 1970
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?
Despite being bombed heavily in World War Two, Swansea is still home to many notable landmarks and buildings, which give clues about the city's rich history. But the stories behind Wales' second city are also revealed through several lesser-known conservation areas across the city. From grand town houses built to house workers to areas where people have settled for more than 30,000 years, to an 18th Century lighthouse and traditional Welsh cottages - these areas document the vast history of the city. Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest. A decision to designate an area a conservation area is made after an appraisal of the area. Swansea Council said this often extends beyond just the buildings, with the road layout, street scene, and green areas all contributing factors. Designation gives special protection to the character of an area, and means the council has extra controls over demolition, minor developments and the protection of trees. Swansea … [Read more...] about The protected areas of Swansea and Gower and their fascinating history
The end of 2018 is days away, bringing to an end a year that has seen several high profile court cases in Leicestershire. They include Victoria Park rapist Charlie Pearce who savagely tried to murder the woman he targeted and Paul Moore who drunkenly ran over a woman twice in a twisted revenge attack. The courts have also dealt with a series of bizarre cases including the hacker Kane Gamble who targeted a host of top US officials from his bedroom in Coalville. And just days ago three men were found guilty of murder for plotting the explosion that killed five people in Hinckley Road. There have been a host of other cases too that we've featured but police have either declined, or been unable, to provide custody pictures of the defendants. Gurchuran Singh Sehmi The 24-year-old kept “little black books” full of customers’ bank card details so he could steal their money to support his failing kitchen supply business has been jailed. The young businessman ran Kitchen … [Read more...] about Faces of 168 Leicester criminals in court in 2018
0 Have your say Fed up yet with going into a high street shop and hearing Slade or Wizzard for the 1,000th time? Fed up with turning on the car radio and once more listening to Bono (complete with period-defining mullet) singing 'well tonight thank God it's them, instead of you' down your speakers? If so, I suggest you immediately go somewhere else on the internet – perhaps look at some cat videos, that sort of thing. For this article is a celebration of the best Christmas songs of all time. In my humble opinion, of course.So, pop pickers, let's metaphorically gather around the Christmas tree and start our festive countdown, starting at No 10…10) Various - Santa Claus Is Coming To TownHeard of John Coots or Haven Gillespie? Thought not, but you know this tune they wrote together in the early 1930s, recorded by more than 200 artists including the great and the good such as Bruce Springsteen, the Jackson Five, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and … [Read more...] about Simply the best Christmas songs of all time – Simon Carter