City leaders across England and Wales have teamed up to demand that Theresa May take immediate action to fight air pollution, which scientists say causes at least 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. A total of 17 mayors and civic leaders, representing 20 million people throughout the country, have signed a letter that calls for a national action plan to clean up the nation’s air to be implemented as a matter of urgency. They include the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, as well as mayors Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester), Steve Rotheram (Liverpool city region), and Dan Jarvis (Sheffield), along with leaders from authorities around the country including Cardiff, Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton. “Our country’s polluted air is shortening lives, damaging our children’s lungs, and severely impacting on the NHS as well as costing the economy in working days lost,” they say. “Crucially, these consequences … disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable.”
Observer 26th Aug 2018 read more »
The Royal Mail has dispatched six electric vans on routes in Edinburgh ahead of a roll-out across the country over the next few years. The vans are among 100 post vehicles being used as delivery vehicles in 18 mail delivery sites around the UK.
Scotsman 26th Aug 2018 read more »