Diesel Deception – Is Dieselgate The Door To a Cleaner Future?

The revelation that VW, the carmaker, has been cheating environmental standards is slowly working its way through official circles, clean air campaigning groups and the public. Labelled #Dieselgate by the media it promises to have enormous consequences for VW and for diesel cars generally. The deception was found and published by West Virginia University although it seems that authorities on both sides of the Atlantic were aware of the problem and had been for several months. The Problem In ASee More… Diesel Deception – Is Dieselgate The Door To a Cleaner Future?

Air Pollution and Our Health – What Can We Do?

I have been breathing polluted air and reading about air pollution all my life. And of course old news is no news at all. This post is not so much about the facts of air pollution or its causes but about what we can do about it. Setting the scene – I want you to imagine being in London in the 1950s. The smogs that cloaked the city were so thick that we could not see more than a fewSee More… Air Pollution and Our Health – What Can We Do?

Air Pollution and Disease: Can Air Filters Help?

Pollution is not just ugly and smelly; It is a serious health issue too. And it is not just about causing and exacerbating lung disease and sinus problems, but much more seriously there is now evidence that air pollution is a powerful factor in the causation of ADHD, autism and infertility. We got to see just how serious air pollution could be back in the 1950s in smoggy old London. The smog was caused by the smoke from sulphur richSee More… Air Pollution and Disease: Can Air Filters Help?

Benzene Poisoning: What To Do if You Are Exposed to Benzene

What smells sweet, is as colourless as water, burns like gasoline and may give you cancer? Well the clue is in the title – it’s benzene. Being part of crude oil and used in gasoline as an anti-knocking agent to make gas aka petrol engines work better, there’s a lot of it about. It’s not just in the oil industry where you can have exposure either. Naturally any occupational connection to transport will provide opportunity for exposure – truck drivers,See More… Benzene Poisoning: What To Do if You Are Exposed to Benzene

Air Pollution and its Toxic Effects on Mothers and Babies

Research just published shows a clear connection between  mothers experiencing air pollution and babies being born below a normal birth weight. A Low birth weight is regarded as 2.5 kg or 5.5 Ibs and 7.6% of US babies and 6% UK babies are recorded as being in this category. Some of these babies are born prematurely – before 37 weeks and they may go on to be completely normal children and adults. Some of them are affected by high bloodSee More… Air Pollution and its Toxic Effects on Mothers and Babies