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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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
At first, it seemed like the stomach flu. Weeks before his 24th birthday in May 2015, Alec Raeshawn Smith was overcome by troubling symptoms. His body ached, his stomach hurt and he wasn't sleeping well. Laine Lu, a co-worker at his restaurant job, urged him to see a doctor. "This is not normal," she recalls telling him. "Go get checked out." His mother, Nicole Smith-Holt, worried too. He called her when he decided to go to a health clinic near Minneapolis. He said, "Seriously, Mom, I think something is really wrong with me." The diagnosis was surprising: Type 1 diabetes. Alec's blood sugar levels were nearly twice the healthy limit. His family didn't have a history of diabetes, and lanky, 6-foot-3 Alec looked like the picture of health. At 23, he seemed too old for Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes because it often strikes children. But as Alec discovered, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune response that can appear at any age. It is not preventable, and there is no known … [Read more...] about Skyrocketing cost of insulin causes some desperate diabetics to ration
More than 100 criminals have been locked up at Plymouth Crown Court for a host of offences - ranging from persistent shoplifting to the most shocking rapes and killings. Here we rank 115 jail terms handed down by judges. Some others we have missed and a few have already served their time. Justice came quickly for some offenders while others escaped the law for decades. Their combined terms add up to several centuries and have finally brought some peace to their traumatised victims. Sixteen years: Care home rapist caught by DNA on condom An evil member of staff was caged for 16 years for raping an elderly resident with dementia at a Plymouth care home. Laundryman Himwanth Ramkishun, aged 54, took advantage of the helpless 76-year-old in her bed - in what a judge called "every family's worst nightmare". But he left behind a condom containing his DNA at the Freshfields nursing home in St Budeaux, Plymouth Crown Court heard in October. Callous Ramkishun tried to cover up by planting other … [Read more...] about Plymouth’s worst criminals of 2018
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