(CNN)Like many expectant mothers, Sophie Power's biggest concern was the well-being of her unborn child. Living in London where toxic air breaches legal limits, Power decided she needed to take matters into her own hands to protect her baby. So she co-founded Airlabs with scientist Matthew Johnson of the University of Copenhagen in 2014, and together they devised a filter to remove dangerous pollutants from indoor spaces and effectively create pockets of clean air in London. The same technology is now being used in Stella McCartney's new flagship store in central London. Related: Which cities face most, least air pollution Read More How does it work inside vehicles? The system was originally designed to remove pollutants inside cars, as studies have found that drivers are exposed to much higher levels of air pollution than those walking or cycling on the street. Breathing in dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) can increase the risk of respiratory conditions and … [Read more...] about The filter creating bubbles of clean air in London
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0 Have your say Businesses had their say about the potential impact of Leeds City Council’s clean air proposals at a meeting with the authority. The roundtable discussion on the city’s Clean Air Zone plans took place at Leeds Town Hall yesterday.The scheme could include a charge for HGVs, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire – but not residents’ personal cars – within the outer ring road and the motorways acting as the southern boundary. A public consultation is under way but a strategy in some form needs to be implemented by 2020.Lorna McAtear, head of supply and internal accounts for fleet at Royal Mail, said one of its biggest concerns is “consistency, making sure every city works to the same set of guidelines”.Toby Poston, director of external relations at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, said that members “need information and a timetable. They need to know from Leeds, and other cities, what’s … [Read more...] about Vehicle business leaders have say on Leeds’s clean air plans
CM wants survey to determine factors contributing to air pollution in K-P 0SHARES Share Tweet Email CM wants survey to determine factors contributing to air pollution in K-P PHOTO: EXPRESS PESHAWAR: Having barely recovered from the thick smog which had hung over parts of the province for months and fears growing that construction of a mega project in the city will only exacerbate pollution, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Thursday decided to closely monitor the quality of air. Moreover, they grant the chief minister the authority to close down education institutions and other non-essential offices in case of an air pollution emergency. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) cabinet met at the Civil Secretariat on Thursday evening with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair. K-P Health Secretary Abid Majeed gave a detailed presentation on the quality of air in the provincial capital. He said that globally the air quality index (AQI) determines the … [Read more...] about Poor Air Quality: Khattak empowered to close schools
Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A London-based study, published in BMJ Open, found an association between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles known as PM2.5. Alzheimer’s Research UK described it is a “growing area of research”, but said the results should be treated with caution. The researchers, from the University of London, Imperial College and King’s College London, used anonymous patient health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, which collects data from GP practices. They focused on 131,000 patients aged between 50 and 79 in 2004, who had not been diagnosed with dementia, registered at 75 general practices within the M25. The health of the patients was tracked for an average of seven years, until they were diagnosed with dementia, died or left their GP practice. Between 2005 and 2013, a total of 2181 patients (1.7 per cent) … [Read more...] about Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia, study suggests
Council chiefs across the region are considering whether to charge the dirtiest vehicles driving into Greater Manchester's most polluted areas, the Manchester Evening News reveals today, potentially including one in five private cars. That is because they only have until the end of the year to come up with a plan that can slash sky-high nitrogen dioxide levels – directly linked to diesel emissions – to legal limits by 2021, following a directive from government. Legally, they have to consider charging as an option, unless they can come up with another solution to cut pollution as effectively and as quickly within the same timeframe. Other areas facing the same directive have already decided to introduce charges on vehicles that fall into the government's 'Class D' of polluting vehicles – and that is what Greater Manchester may also yet decide to do. Class D includes anything below a certain emissions standard and covers around 20pc of cars on our roads – mostly … [Read more...] about How would a ‘clean air’ tax work in Greater Manchester?