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London one of worst capitals in Europe for clean, safe transport, study shows | UK news | The Guardian
UK capital has the most expensive public transport, second-worst air quality and is one of most dangerous to walk and cycle, study of 13 EU cities reveals
ranking  cities  Europe  London  Copenhagen  Amsterdam  Oslo  Zurich  Vienna  Madrid  Paris  Brussels  Budapest  Berlin  Moscow  Rome  pollution  publictransport  safety  mobility  review  WuppertalInstitute  Greenpeace  Guardian  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future | Grist
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been ignoring the bitcoin phenomenon for years — because it seemed too complex, far-fetched, or maybe even too libertarian. But if you have any interest in a future where the world moves beyond fossil fuels, you and I should both start paying attention now.
Bitcoin  cryptocurrencies  energy  pollution  climatechange  review  critique  Grist  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies' | Environment | The Guardian
Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year
pollution  environment  health  research  review  death  growth  developedworld  developingworld  Lancet  Guardian  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
China is winning the future. Here’s how. - The Washington Post
Trump has often talked about how China is “killing us ” and that he’s tired of hearing about China’s huge growth numbers. He should notice that Beijing is getting its growth by focusing on the future, the next areas of growth in economics and technology. The United States under Trump will be engaged in a futile and quixotic quest to revive the industries of the past. Who do you think will win?
energy  coal  renewableenergy  solarenergy  windenergy  pollution  comparison  USA  China  WashingtonPost  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle | Environment | The Guardian
Every area of the capital breaches global standards for PM2.5 pollution particles, with most areas exceeding levels by at least 50%
pollution  environment  review  research  critique  London  Guardian  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Blowing in the wind: why do so many cities have poor east ends? | Cities | The Guardian
From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. A new study sheds light on this global pattern of poverty
urbandevelopment  cities  wind  pollution  wealth  socialclass  London  Paris  NewYork  review  research  Guardian  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Exclusive: Carmakers forced back to bigger engines in new emissions era | Reuters
Tougher European car emissions tests being introduced in the wake of the Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) scandal are about to bring surprising consequences: bigger engines.

Carmakers that have spent a decade shrinking engine capacities to meet emissions goals are now being forced into a costly U-turn, industry sources said, as more realistic on-the-road testing exposes deep flaws in their smallest motors.
automotive  pollution  capacity  size  Europe  EuropeanUnion  Reuters  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
We’d never kill an albatross or gorilla: but we let others do it on our behalf | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
From elephants and albatrosses to coral reefs, extinction is the bycatch of consumerism: we assert the right to consume, and ignore the consequences
environment  conservation  critique  extinction  biodiversity  pollution  consumerism  author:GeorgeMonbiot  Guardian  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Is urban cycling worth the risk? —
Such experiences are important. But what do the data say? As cities grow busier, obesity levels rise and climate change becomes a more pressing concern, we asked the FT’s transport correspondent and two of our specialist data journalists to investigate the risks and benefits of commuting by bike in big cities, something all of them do regularly. Here they give us their verdict: is it worth it?
cycling  safety  health  research  pollution  London  FinancialTimes  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution | RCP London
The report also highlights the often overlooked section of our environment - that of indoor space. Factors such as, kitchen products, faulty boilers, open fires, fly sprays and air fresheners, all of which can cause poor air quality in our homes, workspaces and schools.

As a result the report offers a number of major reform proposals setting out what must be done if we are to tackle the problem of air pollution.
pollution  atmosphere  health  critique  research  UK  RoyalCollegeofPhysicians  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The Advocates’ Resource: Evidence you’ll need to build a case for cycling in your area – Cycling Industry News
A bicycle business news site dipping into cycling advocacy – what’s that about, you ask? The industry has been called upon to turn advocate by numerous prominent stalwarts, so here’s our effort – a resource for active travel advocates to freely use in order to win over their local authority when it comes to providing safe cycling and more livable spaces.

And of course, at the time of writing, cycling for transport also presents the trade with its greatest scope for product development and, crucially, sales worldwide. The link between the creation of safe cycling infrastructure and increase in uptake is conclusive, so we tend to agree that everyone in the industry should take an interest in campaigning.
cycling  review  advocacy  ROI  retail  impact  helmets  safety  health  research  pollution  congestion  tourism  cyclelanes  headphones  transport  bikeshare  CyclingIndustry  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The world's largest cruise ship and its supersized pollution problem | Environment | The Guardian
As Harmony of the Seas sets sail from Southampton docks on Sunday she will leave behind a trail of pollution – a toxic problem that is growing as the cruise industry and its ships get ever bigger
cruiseindustry  tourism  environment  pollution  review  critique  Southampton  UK  Guardian  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life - The Atlantic
Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.
automative  critique  safety  pollution  cost  USA  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Story of cities #20: the secret history of Magnitogorsk, Russia's steel city | Cities | The Guardian
Designed for Stalin as the world’s first completely planned city, Magnitogorsk has yet to confront its controversial past – from the forced labour that helped build it in record time, to the severe pollution that has plagued its residents
Magnitogorsk  history  totalitarianism  labour  environment  pollution  Russia  Stalin  Guardian  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Tim Harford — Article — Hidden truths behind China’s smokescreen
When countries become richer, do they pollute their environment more or less?’
pollution  development  environment  outsourcing  China  review  TimHarford  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
More people dying early from air pollution in England | Environment | The Guardian
Premature deaths attributed to particulate pollution rose in 2013 after falling in previous years, government figures show
pollution  health  critique  PublicHealthEngland  London  UK  Guardian  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Choking on it | The Economist
Europe’s air is less corrosive than it once was, and much less foul than China’s or India’s. Industrial decline and clean-air policies since the 1950s have brought levels of many pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, fine particulate matter (a dust that can irritate lungs), and nitrogen oxides down over the past few decades. Yet more than 400,000 Europeans still die prematurely each year because of air pollution, according to the European Environmental Agency. In 2010 the health-related costs were thought to be between €330 billion ($437 billion) and €940 billion, or 3%-7% of GDP.

Nine out of ten European city-dwellers are exposed to pollution in excess of guidelines produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide are found in London; several cities in Turkey are choked with high levels of PM10 (particulate matter of at most 10-micron diameter). But some of the worst pollution is in Eastern Europe (see map). Coal-fired power stations are still common there, and some pollutants blow in from the rest of Europe. The commission is prosecuting 18 governments for infringing pollution limits
pollution  emissions  Europe  health  KingsCollege  research  lifeexpectancy  diesel  automotive  Economist  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Where is the world's most polluted city? | Cities | The Guardian
UN organisation cannot compare or rank cities because many do not have the resources or political will to set up a monitoring system. Gary Fuller, an air pollution expert at Kings College, said continent-sized blank spots made it impossible to know where people were suffering the most.

“When we compare air pollution in cities, we only look at those with measurements,” he said. “This focuses our attention on big cities and the developed world. Initial attempts to measure air pollution from satellites have revealed more areas of the world with dense populations and high air pollution.”

Of the 1,622 cities covered in the WHO data, 510 are in two countries – the US and Canada. Just 16 are in Africa (half of these in relatively wealthy South Africa and Egypt). That’s 0.75% of the monitoring for 15% of the world’s population, an increasing number of whom live in high-risk cities. Latin America’s 604 million people are among the most heavily urbanised on earth. Their air is monitored in 109 cities. Across the Middle East, data is collected in just 24 cities.
pollution  cities  ranking  Delhi  Karachi  Peshwar  Beijing  Moscow  LosAngeles  Amsterdam  Paris  London  NewYork  Melbourne  comparison  RockefellerFoundation  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Cyclists Are Exposed to Air Pollution Even on Bike Lanes, According to Fort Collins Commuting Study - CityLab
Longer commute times, regardless of route type, tend to increase cumulative exposures; this difference was especially evident for cycling. Even though cyclists’ mean particulate exposures were reduced on alternative routes, the longer duration of these routes increased cyclist’s cumulative exposures relative to driving.
cycling  pollution  exposure  cyclelanes  review  critique  ColoradoStateUniversity  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The science behind the Volkswagen emissions scandal : Nature News & Comment
Debacle has wide-ranging implications, but many already knew that diesel emissions tests were problematic.
Volkswagen  automotive  pollution  emissions  diesel  review  Nature  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
Dirty secrets | The Economist
Volkswagen’s falsification of pollution tests opens the door to a very different car industry
Volkswagen  pollution  emissions  regulation  fraud  critique  Economist  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
Page 2 of Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire | Rolling Stone
The Koch brothers get richer as the costs of what Koch destroys are foisted on the rest of us – in the form of ill health, foul water and a climate crisis that threatens life as we know it on this planet. Now nearing 80 – owning a large chunk of the Alberta tar sands and using his billions to transform the modern Republican Party into a protection racket for Koch Industries' profits – Charles Koch is not about to see the light. Nor does the CEO of one of America's most toxic firms have any notion of slowing down. He has made it clear that he has no retirement plans: "I'm going to ride my bicycle till I fall off."
KochIndustries  KochBrothers  critique  pollution  regulation  commodities  capitalism  libertarian  petroleum  RollingStone  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
Choking to Death in Tehran
When asked how the pollution in the country came to be this bad, many Iranian citizens and government officials point to U.S.-led trade sanctions that cut off access to the country's much-needed motor gasoline imports, and the technology needed to effectively produce home-grown gas. The sanctions, they say, have forced Iran to use outdated equipment and produce toxic formulations of cheap petroleum just to keep the country's 21 million cars from running on empty.

But some experts say the problem is more complicated, and the blame should be shared. They argue that the sanctions, though problematic, merely took the lid off of festering issues that had been building for many decades: a drastic population increase, mismanagement and—in some cases—corruption.
Tehran  Iran  pollution  critique  Newsweek  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter — Medium
Moore returned to the patch in 1998 with his ship the Alguita and a crew of volunteers, hauling aboard a ton of debris, and dragging a trawl to look at the smaller stuff. From his trawl results, Moore measured six pounds of plastic particles for every pound of zooplankton. In the patch, the sea was becoming plasticized. In a cosmic irony, mankind had become the medium for transforming millions of years of complex, edible life forms—the zoo- and phytoplankton that became petroleum—into their far simpler, and indigestible, petroleum-based simulacra.
oceans  pollution  plastic  health  critique  Medium  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Watch our new video to see which transport option is the healthiest exclusively on The Guardian - HealthyAir
Transport is the main contributor to air pollution in our cities, and how we move around in them can have huge consequences for how much air pollution we are exposed to. The Healthy Air Campaign teamed up with King’s College London, Camden Council and London cyclist, Vivienne Westwood, to see what travel options are the healthiest. Watch our video exclusively on The Guardian’s website.
cycling  walking  publictransport  bus  automotive  pollution  exposure  London  HealthyAir  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure? - video | Environment | The Guardian
An exercise by the Healthy Air Campaign, King's College London and Camden council used members of the public to track exposure to air pollution in London. The monitoring found that that travelling on foot or by bike exposed commuters to significantly fewer fumes than using a car or bus
cycling  walking  publictransport  bus  automotive  pollution  exposure  London  Guardian  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Air pollution, the invisible killer | OECD Insights Blog
Air pollution has become the biggest environmental cause of premature death, overtaking poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water. According to the WHO, more than 3.5 million people are being killed each year by the air that they breathe in urban areas, and the number is rising. Air pollution now kills twice as many people as HIV/AIDS. That’s the stark message from the latest OECD report, The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport.
pollution  emissions  cost  externalities  global  Germany  India  China  diesel  OECD  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The great diesel scandal: how cheap fuel is choking our cities | Environment | The Guardian
Diesel's popularity with motorists has surged, but its green image was an illusion. Now concern is growing over the damage caused by emissions, with children particularly vulnerable
diesel  pollution  health  London  critique  Guardian  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The True Cost of a Burger -
What you pay for a cheeseburger is the price, but price isn’t cost. It isn’t the cost to the producers or the marketers and it certainly isn’t the sum of the costs to the world; those true costs are much greater than the price.
hamburger  food  externalities  obesity  pollution  globalwarming  NYTimes  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Oxford Street Air Pollution Levels ‘Highest In The World’ | Londonist
Oxford Street has the worst levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution in the world, according to an air quality scientist at King’s College. Dr David Carslaw told the Sunday Times that NO2 levels on the shopping strip are averaging 135 micrograms per cubic metre of air over the last year, and have spiked as high as 463mcg/m3. The EU’s limit for NO2 is an annual mean of 40mcg/m3. There’s another EU measure that says NO2 levels should not exceed 200mcg/m3 in an hour more than 18 times a year; last year we found out that 78% of London’s roads break that one.
pollution  London  nitrogendioxide  comparison  critique  bus  Londonist  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral

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