People of colour three times more likely to live in areas with high air pollution

In England, people of colour are three times more likely to live in areas with high air pollution, according to new research by environmental organization Friends of the Earth. These areas have pollution levels that are double World Health Organization (WHO) standards for at least one of the two most deadly air pollutants, the study …

Green groups launch complaint against Government after it misses legal deadline to set binding environmental targets

Two coalitions of green groups have submitted a letter of complaint to Defra after the Government failed to meet a legal deadline on setting new environmental targets. The targets, applying to air quality, water quality, nature and waste management, should have been published by 31 October. Two coalitions, representing organisations including the Ella Roberta Foundation, …

Toxic air pollution particles found in lungs and brains of unborn babies

Toxic air pollution particles have been found in the lungs, livers and brains of unborn babies, long before they have taken their first breath, reports The Guardian. Researchers said their “groundbreaking” discovery was “very worrying”, as the gestation period of foetuses is the most vulnerable stage of human development. "Thousands of black carbon particles were …

Petition: Support the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill

If you'd like to support the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill and give it the best chance of proceeding into law, do please sign and share the petition here: "The Government should protect people and their climate by adopting Baroness Jenny Jones’ Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill that would enshrine the human right to breathe …

Cancer breakthrough is a ‘wake-up’ call on danger of air pollution

Scientists have uncovered how air pollution causes lung cancer in groundbreaking research that promises to rewrite our understanding of the disease, reports The Guardian. The findings outline how fine particulates contained in car fumes “awaken” dormant mutations in lung cells and tip them into a cancerous state. The work helps explain why so many non-smokers …

Clearing the Air: BBC documentary looks at the health crises caused by air pollution

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah spent seven years after her daughter Ella's death trying to find the answers as to why her previously healthy child had suddenly become so gravely ill. An initial inquest found no connection to air pollution and at no point was air pollution mentioned as a potential factor in the time that Ella was …

UN declares healthy environment a human right

The United Nations General Assembly has declared that everyone on the planet has a right to a healthy environment. In a resolution passed at UN headquarters in New York City on 28 July, the General Assembly said climate change and environmental degradation were some of the most pressing threats to humanity's future. It called on …

British Medical Journal (BMJ): Air pollution is a public health emergency

In an editorial for the British Medical Journal, Professor Stephen Holgate, special adviser to the government on air quality, has described air pollution as "a public health emergency" and called for much swifter action to bring air pollution down to within WHO guideline levels:"PM2.5 is undoubtedly an invisible killer, but its effects are clear to …

Ella’s Law receives strong cross-party support at 2nd reading

At its second reading in the House of Lords today, the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill received strong support from peers of all parties. Several spoke movingly of the health impacts of air pollution on members of their own families. As Baroness Bryony Worthington said: "My Lords, we have with this Bill an opportunity to …

Simon Birkett of Clean Air in London on why Ella’s Law is such an exciting opportunity

Simon Birkett of Clean Air in London has been campaigning for action on air pollution for many years. Here he explains why the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill - Ella's Law - is such an exciting and positive development, how it would work, and why it is attracting such strong cross-party support. https://youtu.be/E3x4oQRx1ok

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