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

Royal College of Physicians writes to Baroness Jenny Jones

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has written to Baroness Jenny Jones to express its strong support for legally enforceable targets to reduce the amount of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). The RCP's letter also summarised the findings of its 2016 report (with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), ‘Every breath we take’, which …

Second reading of Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill – 8 July

On 8 July, the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill - Ella's Law - will receive its second reading in the House of Lords. This is the first opportunity for members of the Lords to debate the key principles and main purpose of a bill and to flag up any concerns or specific areas where they …

London Mayor Sadiq Khan expresses strong support for Ella’s Law

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has expressed strong support for the Clean Air (Human RIghts) Bill: "We know that the health burden of exposure to air pollution falls most often on the poorest and most deprived neighbourhoods. This is a social and racial justice issue, and no-one should have their health or life chances …

Clean Air Day on Thursday 16 June

All over the country, campaigners will be taking action on Clean Air Day, demonstrating large-scale support for clean air and urging decision-makers to implement the system changes needed. Find out about a Clean Air Day event near you.

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