The government may face legal action over its £27 billion road building programme because campaigners say it will jeopardise the UK’s commitment to climate change. Lawyers for Transport Action Network have written to Highways England and Department for Transport asking them to scrap the 4,000-mile plan, billed the largest of its kind.
Times 22nd April 2020 read more »
A preliminary study has found the first evidence of a link between higher levels of air pollution and deaths from Covid-19 in England. The analysis showed London, the Midlands and the north-west had the highest levels of nitrogen oxides and higher numbers of coronavirus deaths. The research has not yet been peer-reviewed and shows only a correlation. The scientists behind the study said more research was needed to confirm a causal link and rule out other possible factors such as income levels and any difference in age profiles in the regions. But they said there was an urgent need to share information about the pandemic. Previous research showed air pollution increased deaths during the Sars outbreak in 2003, and long-term exposure to dirty air is well known to damage lung health.
Guardian 21st April 2020 read more »