Air Pollution; UK Government Failing In Its Legal Duty

Air Pollution; UK Government Failing In Its Legal Duty

pollution cars 600.jpg



The Guardian has reported that the UK faces European fines because the EU Supreme Court says that it has failed in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution.

ClientEarth who brought the claim used data from 16 cities and regions, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, which will continue to suffer from illegal levels of NO2, nitrogen dioxide for decades.

The group also claim that to reduce these levels - UK cities may have to ban cars and lorries.

The British government is probably going to be able to delay having to take any immediate actions – as the court also ruled that the European court of justice will have to step in to clarify some of the legal issues.

James Thornton, ClientEarth chief executive said:
"This landmark decision … paves the way for the European commission to take legal action against the UK. The ruling marks a turning point in the fight for clean air and will pile the pressure on the environment secretary, Owen Paterson. He must now come up with an ambitious plan to protect people from carcinogenic diesel fumes. Until now, his only policy has been lobbying in Europe to try and weaken air pollution laws."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/01/government-pollution-supreme-court

COVID-19: Managing mental health with yoga

A new study has found that movement-based yoga improves
the mental health of people living with a range of mental ...

Could dogs help detect COVID-19?

Working at home a pain in your neck? Try these posture and ergonomic tips

News

A study has examined the links between heart health and three types of diet: the DASH diet, a different fruit and vegetable rich diet, and a typical Western diet. They came to the conclusion that diets containing a lot of fruit and vegetables are associated with better heart health.

Mount Sinai scientists have identified biological markers present in childhood that relate to the degenerative and often fatal neurological disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

In an analysis of blood and urine samples from 46,748 US adults, elevated levels of 7 environmental chemicals were associated with markers of kidney disease.

New and diverse experiences are linked to enhanced happiness, and this relationship is associated with greater correlation of brain activity, new research has found.

The COMPLEMENTARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (The CMA) © 2012. No part of this site may be reproduced without the express permission of The Complementary Medical Association. If used without prior consent a charge of US $1,000 per article, or mini section is paid (US $50 per word (minimum) will be charged. This is not meant to reflect a commercial rate for the content, but as a punitive cost and to reimburse The CMA for legal fees and time costs). Use of the contents, without permission will be taken as consent to bill the illegal user in full.