At least ten homes have been destroyed after a raging bushfire with flames up to 70-metres high bore down on bushland north-west of Sydney. The Gospers Mountain fire was at 'watch and act' level early Monday after firefighters worked overnight to contain the blaze around Mt Wilson, Mt Tomah and Berambing. 'Fire activity has reduced and there is currently no immediate threat,' the NSW Rural Fire Service said. 'Firefighters are actively patrolling the fireground.' The fire ground stretches from the Lithgow area in the west, through the Hawkesbury area and towards the Central Coast in the east. A 70-metre high wall of flames is bearing down on homes north-west of Sydney But authorities have warned there's a risk that embers from the fire could fall in the Bilpin area, starting new blazes ahead of the main fire front. So far the fire had burned through almost 380,000 hectares. Medical groups are calling on the prime minister and NSW premier to take action to stem high … [Read more...] about At least ten homes are razed to the ground as an out-of-control ‘mega blaze’ with flames 70 metres high rips through bushland near Sydney
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High pollution alerts were issued across Britain this week as traffic fumes and light winds created pockets of toxic air. London mayor Sadiq Khan had the warning displayed at 2,500 bus stops, 270 Tube stations, at river piers and at roadsides yesterday. The unhealthy atmosphere of 2019 is not so visible as the dense smogs that used to choke the capital before the Clean Air Act of 1956. But many areas are still dangerously polluted, with serious black spots in Leeds, Doncaster and Coventry. Shocking figures from Friends of the Earth show that 1,845 places breach air pollution levels meant to protect health. Worst is Earls Court Station in West London with average nitrogen dioxide level of 129.5 ug/m3 against a target level of 40. In the capital alone at least one person an hour dies early from conditions like congestive heart failure, asthma and emphysema caused by nitrogen dioxide and particulate pollution. The highest level outside London is at busy Neville Street in Leeds. The city … [Read more...] about Toxic air hits UK – with 1,845 places so polluted the air can kill you
Boris Johnson made a raft of promises and comments indicating future policy during the election campaign. Our specialists take a look at what we can now expect from the government on key policy areas. Health Boris Johnson said the NHS would be his government’s top priority. He has made an array of pledges – on funding, staffing and new facilities – aimed at reviving a visibly ailing service that hospital bosses say is “on its knees”. Johnson’s voluble support for an institution “that represents the very best of our country” will see him closely scrutinised over the delivery of his promises, several of which may prove very challenging. Johnson has promised to increase the budget of the NHS in England by £20.5bn in real terms (after inflation) by 2023-24. That is less than the equivalent £26bn extra that Labour offered. While that will be the biggest uplift in cash terms the NHS has ever received, the annual 3.4% rises are smaller … [Read more...] about From the NHS to Brexit: what can we expect from Johnson’s government?