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The latest in Dr Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for the The Guardian

 

UK100 / KCL Report on Birmingham Air Pollution - Study shows children will die 7 months early due to air pollution. The story was reported by various newspaper, The Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, HuffPost UK, ITV News, The Sun, etc. 

 

 

Study finds people eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year

The average person swallows at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar amount, according to the first study to estimate human ingestion of plastic pollution, Dr Stephanie Wright, commented on the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

The story was also reported by the IndependentCNN and Yahoo.

Monitoring and Combating Air Pollution in Paris

In June, Bloomberg unveiled an exciting partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and the City of Paris to improve air quality and better understand pollution patterns throughout the city. the Environmental Research Group at King's College London will provide technical assistance and identify synergies between their ongoing work in London, Paris, and beyond. 

TfL urged to clean up dirty bus routes to save children from 'toxic school run' Daily Telegraph, 14 July 2019

London authorities are being urged to tackle the toxic school runs, as it emerges that children at 455 schools breathe air which breaches legal standards for pollution. Recent King’s research is referenced. The research was also mentioned by the Hindustan Times.

The latest in Dr Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for the Guardian newspaper

Air Pollution

King's researchers studying the city of Birmingham have found air pollution could shorten a child's life by up to seven months. An eight-year-old child born in 2011 may die between two to seven months early if exposed over their lifetime to projected future pollution concentrations. The Daily Telegraph, Times, Guardian, Daily Mail(1) (2), i, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, BBC News,ITV, Yahoo, Five News (1) (2),London Evening Standard and Huffington Post reported.

Air pollution: How bad is your commute? BBC News, 25 June 2019

A school in south-east London is trialling out backpacks that measure pollution to see how bad it is, and Tom Edwards decided to wear one for two weeks to see how much pollution he was exposed to while working across central London. Dr Benjamin Barratt, Analytical Environment and Forensic Sciences, comments on work he’s been researching in cooperation with Dyson. BBC London News (1) (2) (3) also reported.

The Tube has a massive dust problem. But TfL has a plan to fix it Wired, 28 June 2019

Levels of small particles on the London Underground are 30 to 40 times higher than at the surface. The health implications are unclear, but TfL has a plan to fix the problem anyway. Transport for London has commissioned new research into the long-term effects of Tube dust in conjunction with King’s College London.

We mustn't ignore the environmental impact of electric cars

Telegraph.co.uk

I'm inclined to agree with Professor Frank Kelly. The automotive press is culpable too – in the same way that Dieselgate largely passed us by for years, 

Car tyres affect primary student's lungs, UK study finds

EducationHQ Australia

... will be irritating and causing reactions in the lung, which over time would not be good for our health," Professor Frank Kelly from Kings College said.

The eco-friendly midsummer makeover The Times, 7 June 2019

As the weather turns a little warmer many of us venture outside to tidy things in preparation for the summer, but don't fuss too much, because for those that crave an eco-friendly, easy-to-maintain garden, less is definitely more. Dr Benjamin Barratt, Analytical Environmental and Forensic Sciences, commented on the impact of barbecues on air quality.

How lazy must you be to have toast, fish fingers and even a cup of tea delivered to your door Daily Mail, 6 June 2019

Piece on Uber Eats includes comment from Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical Environmental and Forensic Sciences.

People swallow 'at least 50,000 plastic particles' a year in food and drink Guardian, 6 June 2019

The average person swallows at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar amount, according to the first study to estimate human ingestion of plastic pollution published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Dr Stephanie Wright, Analytical Environmental and Forensic Sciences, commented on the study. The Independent,CNNand Yahoo also reported.

One in three children 'breathing toxic plastic' from car tyres Times, 10 June 2019

The lung development of children could be stunted by the release of microplastics from car tyres, an investigation involving King’s suggests. The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, i, Daily Express, Sun, Daily Mirror.

Pollution FIVE, 22 May 2019

Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, joins to discuss the policy of banning cars from city centres in a bid to tackle air pollution. 

 

World's largest study to monitor air quality exposure of 250 children

A new study by King's scientists will monitor air quality exposure of 250 children on their way to school and in the classroom. The announcement was made today at Haimo Primary School in Greenwich by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is funding the study. https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/worlds-largest-study-to-monitor-air-quality-exposure-of-250-children

Hydrogen double-deckers coming to London roads Independent, 12 May 2019

London will become the first city in the world to have double-decker hydrogen-powered buses next year. Previous King’s research on the air quality in the capital is mentioned. King’s research on air quality was also mentioned on BBC London.

I will take action - even if the PM won'tTimes, 11 May 2019

An opinion piece from Sir James Dyson discussing pollution and emissions, in which he mentions children in London wearing Dyson backpacks developed for a study conducted by King’s.

Why it's safer walking to work than choking in a polluted carTimes, 10 May 2019

Investigation by King’s London Air team with The Times into why it’s safer to walk to work than choking in a polluted car. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical Environmental and Forensic Sciences, also commented for another piece for The Times

Air Quality BBC Radio 4, 8 May 2019

As the quality of the air we breathe becomes an increasing worry, how much pollution are we breathing in while inside our cars? Reference is made to pollution being measured by King's.

Pollution

London is preparing to enforce ‘world leading’ vehicle pollution restrictions from Monday. Research from King’s, led by Dr Heather Walton, and Imperial College found that an average of four Londoners per day are admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties linked to pollution. The research received coverage across the week. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical Environmental and Forensic Sciences, and Dr Anna Font, Air Quality Analyst, also offered comment on the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

Guardian(1) (2), London Evening Standard, Daily Mail (1) (2) (3), Metro, Daily Express, Daily Mirror,i,Independent,Press Association, New Scientist,Huffington Post, Time,CNN,Xinhuanet English,BBC 1 Sunday Politics, BBC Radio Five Live (1) (2) (3) (4), BBC London and BBC Radio 4.  

Toxic air pollution to shorten children's lives by 20 months, report saysCNN, 4 April 2019

Air pollution will shorten the life expectancy of children by 20 months on average, with kids in South Asian countries such as India and Pakistan most vulnerable, a new report says. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, said that until recently little data had been available on air pollution challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Revealed: two million Londoners live in areas with illegal toxic airLondon Evening Standard, 1 April 2019

Two million Londoners live in areas where air pollution exceeds legal limits, it has been revealed. The figures were released by City Hall ahead of the introduction of mayor Sadiq Khan’s £12.50-a-day ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) in central London, which aims to cut toxic air by up to 45 per cent. King’s estimates that the Ulez will help to bring the capital’s air within limits by 2025. The GuardianandXinhuanet English also covered the story. Dr Benjamin Barratt, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences additionally commented on the charge on BBC Radio 4, BBC News London, Evening Standard and BBC World Service.

Like the gilets jaunes, London's black-cab and Uber drivers rail against environmental policies Wired, 1 April 2019

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, is quoted in a piece on air quality.

How to pollution proof your diet Daily Mail, 1 April 2019

Jane Clarke discusses the health effects of air pollution. King's research found that high levels of Vitamin E may minimise the effects of exposure to air pollution.  

 Dirty air and babiesTimes, 15 March 2019

Letter stating that in 2017, researchers from King's showed that reductions in birth weight were tied more closely to exhaust emissions than to other types of particulates generated by traffic and not at all to noise pollution.

Canairy BBC 1, 12 March 2019

A new app that can tell people working outdoors in London how much air pollution they're being exposed has been launched. King's College London has developed the 'Canairy' app as part of the British Safety Council's ‘Time to Breathe’ campaign.

Rise of delivery motorbikes hits efforts for cleaner air Times, 11 March 2019

London's slow progress in meeting its air pollution targets is partly because of an unexpectedly large rise in the use of motorcycles, according to a study co-authored by Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences. Daily Express, Daily Mailand BBC London reported.

The latest in Dr Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for the Guardian newspaper

Driving us into a cleaner future London Evening Standard, 26 February 2019

As London prepares for the introduction of tough charges on dirty cars, Julian Glover hears from the bright minds using cutting edge science to purify the air in the city. The world centre of scientific research into air quality at King's is referred to. 

The electric car revolution is heading your way London Evening Standard, 7 March 2019

Health researchers at King’s say pollution causes 9,000 premature deaths each year in the capital. Which is why next month Mayor Sadiq Khan will launch the toughest emissions charges for vehicles in any big city in the world.

App will update outdoor staff on air pollution risks to health London Evening Standard, 7 March 2019

The Canairy app from King's and the British Safety Council will provide information updated hourly about exposure to dangerous levels of toxins.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says air pollution should be considered in planning applications London Evening Standard, 5 March 2019

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, commented on the calls from the NHS watchdog for air quality issues to be factored into planning applications.

Clean Air BBC Radio 4, 8 February 2019

Last month the government released its clean air strategy for 2019 and many listeners were shocked that it wasn’t diesel cars that seemed to be the villain of the piece, it was wood burners. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, contributes. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, was quoted in the Times of India, in relation to Delhi’s pollution levels.

How to stop the construction industry choking our cities Guardian, 3 February 2019

According to the most detailed air-quality study in the UK, the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, construction sites are responsible for approximately 7.5% of damaging nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Daniel Marsh, Environmental Research Group, comments.

Pollutionwatch Guardian, 1 February 2019

The UK measures the effects of daily air pollution, like sunburn risk, on a one to 10 index. Scientists at King's tested different types of messages with volunteers who used the CityAir app.

Revealed: London's famous Strand could go traffic free under £28m plans to turn one of capital's most congested streets into green haven for pedestrians Daily Mail, 31 January 2019

A 650-foot stretch of London's Strand could be transformed under £28m plan by Westminster City Council. Landmarks such as Somerset House and King's would become mainly accessible to the public from the plaza. The London Evening Standard, Sina English and Xinhauent reported.

It's time for all of us to clear up Daily Mail, 26 January 2019

Jeremy Paxman writes on behalf of the Daily Mail’s ‘The Great British Spring Clean’ initiative. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental and Analytical Sciences, comments.

Silent Witness BBC 1 The One Show, 22 January 2019

Interview with Dr Leon Barron, Forensic Science, who is working at the cutting edge of the latest tech designed to aid forensic scientists.

Thousands still buy dirty wood-burners Times, 21 January 2019

More than 100,000 dirty wood-burning stoves were sold last year despite promises by the government and stove industry to cut the pollution they cause. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments.

Pollution ITV 1 London, 21 January 2019

The high street needs to look at ways to save the planet. Research from King's Environmental Research Group shows pollution from cars and lorries can be cut by a third if residents keep doors shut.

Wood-burners Times, 18 January 2019

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on the dangers of having a wood-burner in the home, after the government's Clean Air Strategy to tackle pollution was set out this week by Michael Gove.

Bacteria could be making China's smog worse Daily Mail, 15 January 2019

Scientists found that when smog levels increase, the amount of bacteria increased. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on air quality in China.

Air pollution crackdown avoids legally binding goals Financial Times, 14 January 2019

Article discussing a new plan to tackle air pollution. Includes a quote from Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences.

Air Quality BBC Radio 4, 14 January 2019

The Government has released its plans for improving air quality in Britain. Interview with Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences.

Stop the home fires burning Times, 12 January 2019

Review of ‘The Invisible Killer’ by Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences.

Pollution in tube stations higher than near busy roads, experts sayGuardian, 10 January 2019

Concerns over air quality on the London tube have been raised after King’s researchers found the concentration of pollution in tube stations was up to 30 times higher than on busy roads. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, commented for BBC London (1) (2). The Daily Mail, Reuters, and the Independent also covered the story, citing previous King’s research.

 Media coverage 2018

2018 Review of the Year Part 2 Independent, 27 December 2018

A review of the year refers to a report by from King’s which revealed that the total capacity of renewable energy sources overtook fossil fuels for the first time in 2018. i also referenced this report.

A report by researchers at King’s found that total capacity from renewables has over taken that of fossil fuels for the first time.

Global Action Plan advice on how to reduce exposure to air pollution London Evening Standard, 24 December 2018

Article, in association with Uber, on how to reduce air pollution in London that cites a King's study.

 

Pollution watch: why cleaning the air is like taking milk out of teaGuardian, 21 December 2018

Legal plastic content in animal feed could harm human health, experts warn Guardian, 16 December 2018

Small bits of plastic packaging from waste food make their way into animal feed as part of the UK's recycling process. Dr Stephanie Wright, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments.

Article by Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, on China's efforts to install air purifiers in Xi'an.

Pollutionwatch: remembering world's deadly smogs - Gary Fuller 6th December

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/06/pollutionwatch-remembering-worlds-deadly-smogs

Open fires will see pollution in the home rise this Christmas, expert warnsLondon Evening Standard, 5 December 2018

Ian Colbeck, Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Essex, says there are steps we can all take to reduce air pollution over Christmas with indoor pollution most often the greater concern. King’s research on air quality is referenced.

Design matters most for anti-pollution masksNew Scientist, 1 December 2018

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on the use of anti-pollution masks.

Cyclists unmasked Metro, 29 November 2018

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, is quoted in a piece on efforts to improve air quality.

Revealed: Five ways to cut your exposure to air pollution and boost your health Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2018

Last month the World Health Organization warned that 90 per cent of the world's children live in areas where the air breaches pollution guidelines. Researchers at King’s Environmental Research Group put pollution monitors on people commuting into central London and found that when they took quieter routes levels of exposure fell significantly.

Pollution isn't just cars and coal, it's candles too Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2018

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, talks about air pollution. Dr Fuller also spoke to Wired and on News Talk.

School tries to combat pollution by raising cash to buy face masks Guardian, 24 November 2018

Schools across the UK are taking ever more drastic steps in an effort to mitigate the effects of air pollution on their pupils’ health. Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, commented on air pollution in the wake of schools taking steps to protect pupils’ health.

Research from King’s has found that air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs placing them at risk of lung disease, severe asthma attacks and early death. Dr Gary Fuller and Dr Benjamin Barratt, Analytical and Environmental Sciences provided comment on the issue. TheDaily Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail(1) (2), Guardian, Daily Express, London Evening Standard (1) (2), BBC London (1) (2),  Lancet,British Medical Journal and BBC News reported.

Plastic Pollution

Research from Austria has found traces of micro plastics in humans for the first time, leading to fears they could be causing a raft of health and fertility problems. Dr Stephanie Wright, Analytical and Environmental Studies, commented on the study in The Daily Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail, Metro,New York TimesChina Daily, Deccan Chronicle ,TheWeek CNN, Wired and NDTV.

Air Pollution BBC World Service, 29 September 2018

Ritula Shah talks to health and public policy experts about the risks posed by polluted air. Features Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences.

Air pollution linked to higher mouth cancer risk Times, 10 October 2018

Exposure to air pollution has been linked to a raised risk of developing mouth cancer in a study from Taiwan. King’s research on air quality is mentioned.

Home sweet home? Mine is polluted Times, 9 October 2018

News feature discussing polluted air, which cites a study by King's on the link between air pollution and dementia. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, commented on the issue in the Financial Times.

How to avoid air pollution Guardian, 8 October 2018

King’s research on air quality is referenced.

Air Quality BBC Radio 4, 4 October 2018

Andrew Grieve, Air Quality Analyst at the Environmental Research Group at King's College London, comments on the purity of the air.

 

Air pollution linked to greater risk of mouth cancer, finds study

The Guardian - 09/10/2018

Research in Taiwan has show a link between very high levels of air pollution and oral cancer

 

Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia, study suggests (Web)
The Independent - 19/09/2018
Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A London-based study, published in BMJ Open, found an association between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles known as PM2.5. The researchers, from the University of London, Imperial College and King's College London, used anonymous patient health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, which collects data from GP practices. 

Air pollution causes jump in dementia risk, study suggests (Web)
Guardian.co.uk - 19/09/2018
Air pollution may increase the chance of developing dementia, a study has suggested, in fresh evidence that the health of people of all ages is at risk from breathing dirty air. Frank Kelly, professor of environmental health at King's College London and one of the authors of the paper, told the Guardian: "The study outcome suggests a linkage [between air pollution and dementia] but cannot inform on the cause".

New alarm over toxic air pollution as experts find link to cases of dementia (Web)
Express.co.uk - 19/09/2018
Air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, according to research out today. The study found an association between the condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles of pollutants. Researchers from the University of London, Imperial College and King's College London used anonymous patient health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, which collects data from GP practices.

Researchers 'find air pollution link to dementia'
i - 19/09/2018
p11 News. Sally Wardle.
Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A study, published in journal BMJ Open, found an association between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles known as PM2.5. Researchers from the University of London, Imperial College and King's College London used anonymous patient health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, which collects data from GP practices.

New alarm over toxic air pollution as experts find link to cases of dementia
Daily Express - 19/09/2018
p9 News. Gillian Crawley.
AIR pollution may be linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, according to research out today. Researchers from the University of London, Imperial College and King's College London used anonymous patient health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, which collects data from GP practices.

We must tackle pollution
Daily Express - 19/09/2018
p12 Editorial Opinion Columns.
AIR pollution is now linked to so much ill health and the latest findings suggest that it is also associated with an increased risk of dementia.

40% higher chance of dementia in bad air spots
Daily Mirror - 19/09/2018
p2 News. Martin Bagot .
LIVING in areas of high air pollution increases the risk of dementia by 40%, a study suggests. The University of London, Imperial College and King's College London study found those living in areas with the top fifth of nitrogen dioxide levels had a much higher risk of suffering.

The Papers (Web)
BBC News - 19/09/2018
"Dementia threat soars in areas hit by pollution" is the headline on the front page of the Times, which reports on the same study. Senior author Frank Kelly, of King's College London, tells the paper that while the study's result were not conclusive "it is increasingly appreciated that the impacts of air pollution on health are seen far beyond the lungs."

Researchers discover air pollution in cities can increase the risk of dementia by 40pc
Daily Telegraph - 19/09/2018
p2 News. Henry Bodkin.
LIVING in a highly polluted area may increase the risk of dementia by as much as 40 per cent, a new study suggests. London-based research, published in the journal BMJ Open, found an association between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles. "Our results suggest both regional and urban background pollutants may be as important as near-traffic pollutants," wrote the scientists from the University of London, Imperial College and King's College London.

Dementia threat soars in areas hit by pollution
The Times - 19/09/2018
p1 News. Chris Smyth .
Living in a polluted area increases the risk of dementia by up to 40 per cent, the first British study of its kind has found. Frank Kelly, of King's College London, senior author of the study, said that while results were not conclusive "it is increasingly appreciated that the impacts of air pollution on health are seen far beyond the lungs".

Toxic air 'to blame for 60,000 cases of dementia'
Daily Mail - 19/09/2018
p1 News. Ben Spencer .
AIR pollution could be responsible for 60,000 cases of dementia in the UK, a major study suggests. One in 14 cases of dementia may be caused by air pollution, researchers from King's College London and St George's, University of London, have calculated. 

The Sadiq Khan audit: can Mayor win pollution battle... or is it all hot air?London Evening Standard, 6 September 2018

King’s research on air quality is mentioned in an article about the progress made in London by Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Drivers face £20 on-the-spot fine for leaving their motor runningTimes, 3 August 2018

King’s research on the impact of engine emissions is mentioned in a piece on the fining of drivers for leaving their motors idling in a London borough.

Parking fees hit £7.35 an hour to fight central London's toxic airLondon Evening Standard, 27 July 2018.

King’s data on London air quality is cited in a piece on parking fees in central London

London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city Daily Mail, 20 July 2018

King’s research on air quality is mentioned in a piece on London becoming a ‘walkable’ city.

Air Pollution BBC Radio 4, 18 July 2018

Programme looking at air pollution features interview with Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences.

Illegal levels of air pollution linked to child's deathBBC News, 4 July 2018

A nine-year-old girl's fatal asthma attack has been linked to illegally high levels of air pollution. King’s data on air pollution is referenced.

British children exposed to 30 pct more pollution than adults on walk to school: study Xinhuanet English, 25 June 2018

During road closures for the London Marathon, traffic-free streets saw pollution levels drop by 89 percent, according to research by Kings.

Reality Check: Do clean air zones work?BBC News, 27 June 2018

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on the effectiveness of ‘clean air zones’.

High street hot spots blighted by toxic airLondon Evening Standard, 21 June 2018

Extreme toxic air is impacting at least nine areas of London, according to figures published by King's. Includes comment by Andrew Grieve, Analytical and Environmental Sciences. Also, comments from Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, were reported by the London Evening Standard.

UK cities are already taking action against air pollution - and motorists will pay the priceDaily Mail, 21 June 2018

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on efforts to decrease air pollution.

Killer's TV bid for justice backfires as show blows holes in his storySunday Mirror, 17 June 2018

Professor Denise Syndercombe-Court, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, features as an expert examining a disputed murder case.

Murder in Suburbia BBC 2 Conviction, 19 & 20 June 2018

Professor Denise Syndercombe-Court, Forensic Science, appeared in a two-part documentary (1) (2) giving her expert view on the forensic evidence in a 2013 murder case. 

Pollutionwatch: May brought high levels of damaging ozone,
The Guardian, 7 June 2018

How is pollution affecting our health? Financial Times, 31 May 2018

Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, was a member of a panel discussing air pollution.

Plastic fibres in our clothes could be a risk to our health, study showsLondon Evening Standard, 30 May 2018

Tiny plastic fibres from your clothing could pose a risk to your health if you breathe them in, a King’s study claims. This was also reported by BBC Radio 4.

Burning issue: Are wood-burning stoves going to get the chop? Guardian, 27 May 2018

King’s research on the impact of wood burners on air quality is referenced in a feature on a possible ban.

Air pollution is worse inside classrooms than London streetsDaily Mail, 25 May 2018

Air inside classrooms is more polluted than outside, new research involving King’s suggests.

Plastic Pollution BBC Radio 4, 24 May 2018

Interview with Dr Stephanie Wright, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, regarding plastic pollution.

Air Quality BBC London 94.9 FM, 23 May 2018

Researchers from King's has found that air pollution in Tower Hamlets has reduced the lung capacity of 8 and 9-year-olds in the area.

Ron Cousins: The Bible pages murder still baffling policeBBC News, 23 May 2018

Professor Denise Syndercombe-Court, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, commented on the case of the murder of 78 year-old Ron Cousins.

Air Quality BBC Radio Five Live 5 Live Drive, 22 May 2018

The UK Government has announced a new clean air strategy, which aims to reduce harmful pollution. Includes interview with Dr Martin Williams, Analytical and Environmental Sciences.

More than 8,000 people call on Sadiq Khan to launch London's first-ever 'Car Free Day' London Evening Standard, 6 May 2018

As part of a drive to cut air pollution in the capital, nearly 100 organisations, including King’s, have urged the Mayor of London to ban private cars on September 22.

Exposed: Cocaine fortunes down pan Daily Star Sunday, 6 May 2018

Dr Leon Barron, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, tested waste water plants for traces of cocaine. The Daily Mail also reported.

Burning question

Researchers at King's College London say that DNA tests will soon be able to gauge a person's susceptibility to sunburn and skin cancer. The story was  covered in The Independent. It was also reported in the Deccan Chronicle and The Times

Sneeze trackers London Evening Standard, 30 April 2018

A King's app which alerts users on days when pollution is forecast to be high featured in a list of pollution-tracking apps.

UK police could now start using genealogy DNA databases to catch criminalsDaily Mail, 29 April 2018

Professor Denise Syndercombe Court, Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences, highlighted the ethical and privacy issues raised by the technique.

 

New fingerprint kit hits trade in ivory poaching Sunday Express, 29 April 2018

Dr Leon Barron, Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences, has been working to develop a system to stop ivory poaching.

 

Air pollution warningTimes, 28 April 2018

An estimated 50 million years of human life could be lost in the UK by 2154 if action is not taken to reduce air pollution, according to a King’s study. The Daily Mail, Sun, BBC 1 Breakfast, BBC London and BBC Radio Five Live reported.

Pollution Reduction BBC 1, 27 April 2018

Sir John Cass's Primary School in Aldgate has successfully cut its annual pollution levels to below the legal limit. The data has been verified by King's College London.

Revealed: The top 10 air pollution hotspots in the UKCity AM, 25 April 2018

At the end of January, King's said the capital had officially reached its legal air pollution limit for the entire year. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, commented on the impact of wood burners on air pollution for the Times.

London MarathonTimes, 24 April 2018

Air pollution fell by almost 90 per cent on a road closed for the London Marathon, according to King’s monitoring. The Daily Mail,London Evening Standard and Huffington Post mentioned the finding in a piece about a runner who died during the race.

Artist's 'pollution pods' highlight global air quality problem Reuters, 21 April 2018

Piece on an art installation highlighting global air pollution mentions King’s research on the impact of pollution. Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, commented in the Independent on the use of technology being used to placate the issue.

This is why air pollution is so bad during the Spring and Summer Huffington Post, 19 April 2018

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, discusses the causes of air pollution on a seasonal basis.

Air of mystery Guardian, 14 April 2018

In an article on air quality Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Services, commented on the incident at Birling Gap on the South Coast where a toxic cloud appeared.

 

Wood-burning stoves are in fashion but cause serious pollution

The Economist, 9 April 2018
Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, has calculated that wood-burning is responsible for between 23% and 31% of all the fine particles generated in the cities of Birmingham and London. 
 
Want to cut fumes you breathe? Avoid deep Tubes and busy roads
London Evening Standard, 6 April 2018
Commuters in London can dramatically slash their exposure to air pollution by ditching journeys on deep Tube lines and going along quieter roads, according to a study by scientists at King's. 

The List: clean air spots London Evening Standard, 22 March 2018

King’s has tested technology being used to measure air standards in London.

Why we should worry about plastic in the air Daily Mail, 19 March 2018

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental and Forensic Sciences, writes on the level of pollutants in plastics.

Is hairspray really wrecking the planet? New Scientist, 24 February 2018; While people think of car exhausts, large factories and open fires when talking about air pollution, the biggest source of air pollution is actually household items such as shampoo and hairspray. Includes a quote from Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences.

 

The British Embassy in Zimbabwe has published a blog article about a new fingerprinting kit developed by Dr Leon Barron, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the Department of Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences.  

Pollutionwatch: wood burning is not climate friendly; The Guardian, Dr Gary Fuller 1 March 2018 

Cleaning products a big source of urban air pollution, say scientistsGuardian, 16 February 2018

Household cleaners, paints and perfumes have become substantial sources of urban air pollution, scientists say. Dr David Green, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, is quoted.

London has already breached its 2018 pollution limit. For some of us, that could be life threateningiNews, 8 February 2018

It’s only February and yet recent figures from King’s have revealed that London’s air pollution levels have already been breached for 2018

‘We saw birds that fell from the sky’ Independent, 8 February 2018

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, comments on air quality in London.

DNA BBC 1 London, 7 February 2018

There are concerns that hundreds of legal cases could be in jeopardy after the collapse of a private forensics company. Dr David Ballard, Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, comments.

House of Lords peers criticised for 'propagating bike lane myths'Guardian, 5 February 2018

Cycling organisations have condemned members of the House of Lords for claiming bike lanes worsen pollution. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, is quoted.

Why glitter is so toxic some scientists want it BANNED Daily Mail, 1 February 2018

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments in a piece on the dangers of glitter.

Monkeys? Humans? The ethics of testing diesel fumes BBC News, 31 January 2018

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments.

Air Pollution

This week there were various stories on air pollution in the news. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, commented on BBC 2 Newsnight and BBC Radio Scotland about wood burning stoves. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, also commented on this for BBC News. Brixton Road breaching EU air pollution limits was covered by City AM, Daily MailandBloomberg. The announcement that the Mayor of London will be partnering with King’s on air pollution monitoring was covered by BBC News

Air Pollution BBC Radio Five Live, 25 January 2018

Feature on air pollution exposure for pedestrians, which includes contribution by Dr Gary Fuller.

Air pollution exposed: Why you might be breathing in tyre waste Huffington Post, 25 January 2017

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on claims that tyre waste is polluting the air.

London's low-emission bus zones hailed for 'improving toxic air levels overnight' London Evening Standard, 15 January 2018

Low-emission bus zones on some of London’s most polluted high streets have been praised for leading to an ‘overnight improvement’ for toxic air levels. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments. 

Reality Check: Is Beijing's air quality better this winter? BBC News, 9 January 2018

 

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on Chinese air quality.

London air pollution live data – where will be first to break legal limits in 2018? Guardian, 2 January 2018 The live tracking is based on data collected by King’s.

Pollution breached EU limits at nearly 50 sites in London last year London Evening Standard, 5 January 2018 

London's toxic air crisis was laid bare by new figures showing it breached EU legal limits in nearly 50 pollution blackspots in London last year. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Science, comments.


Media Coverage 2017

Pollutionwatch: not much cheer from online Christmas shopping; The Guardian 10 December 

 

We breathe in up to 130 bits of plastic every dayDaily Mail, 9 December 2017

Article quotes Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences.

London air pollution causing lower birth weights in babies, major study finds London Evening Standard, 6 December 2017

London's polluted air is leading to lower birth weights in babies, a study involving King’s has revealed. The Indian Express also ran a report.

Pollution CNN International (US), 26 November 2017

Interview with Dr Martin Williams, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, regarding pollution.

Green cabs: Is London ready for electric taxis?Guardian, 28 November 2017

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments.

Air Pollution CNN International (US), 18 November 2017

Professor Martin Williams, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, is interviewed on air pollution in London. Dr Williams commented in a separate interview for CNN on pollution.

China's cleaner air New Scientist, 11 November 2017

China is cleaning up its air, but there is a long way to go. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, comments.

The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2017 London Evening Standard, 20 October 2017

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences; Professor Andrew Roberts, War Studies and Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor, Entrepreneurship Institute are cited in a list of London’s most influential people.

The European cities leading the way in car-free living in a bid to tackle toxic air pollution London Evening Standard, 15 October 2017

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments. 

Mayor wants partial ban on wood-burning stovesGuardian, 30 September 2017

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has proposed that wood-burning stoves should be banned in some areas to combat air pollution. King’s research is cited. Also reported in:Evening Standard and Huffington Post. Professor Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, was interviewed on this issue on BBC Radio 4 and BBC London 94.9 FM,while Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, was quoted in an article on London’s air quality in The Times.

How plastic is damaging planet Earth Independent, 29 September 2017

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on how plastic impacts the environment.

Dyson commits £2bn to developing electric cars Independent, 27 September 2017

Dyson has confirmed it will launch a battery-powered electric car in 2020. King’s research on air pollution is mentioned. TheMirror also reported on the story.

Professor Martin Williams, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, spoke to BBC London 94.9 FM on Sadiq Khan’s air quality alert issued for London. King’s air quality researchers said Wednesday’s toxic air affecting the capital is being caused by a large high pressure system moving in from Scandinavia, as reported by the London Evening Standard. Also, news that burning wood is set to be banned in some urban areas was reported in the Times, Guardian, Daily Mail and Sun – all referencing King’s research. 

Chlorine fears

Andrew Grieve, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, was interviewed on BBC London 94.9FM concerning a suspected chlorine leak in East Sussex. He also commented on BBC Online and BBC Radio Five Live. Dr David Green, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and BBC London 94.9FM on the same issue. Timothy Baker, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, commented in the Guardian. BBC Radio 4 would report on the issue later in the week, referencing King’s research into ozone levels in the region.

Lucien Freud BBC 1 Fake or Fortune, 13 August 2017

Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, features in a programme trying to uncover whether a portrait may have been one of Lucian Freud's first creations.

London solar auctions aim to make city greenest on Earth Bloomberg, 12 August

Report on the London solar auctions mentions King’s research on air pollution. The Washington Post also reported the story.

Pollution tunnels 'would harm drivers' Times, 4 August

Plans to build "pollution tunnels" over motorways were criticised as a potential health hazard yesterday. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments.

Air Pollution Sky News Sky News with Colin Brazier, 26 July 2017

Interview with Transport Spokesperson of the Green Party of England and Wales, Caroline Russell, discussing air pollution, referring to King's research. The research was also mentioned in an Evening Standard article on London’s ‘T-charge’.

Police investigation seeks help from 9/11 experts to help identify victims of disaster Guardian, 17 July 2017

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire have turned to US experts who investigated the remains of the World Trade Center. Previous comments from Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court,Analytical & Environmental Sciences, are referenced.

Wood-burners harm neighbours' healthSunday Times, 16 July 2017

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, has warned that the use of wood-burners in densely populated areas could lead to an increase in pollution.

The painstaking task of naming Grenfell's victims BBC News, 8 July 2017

Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on the techniques that will be required to identify the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Air Pollution BBC News, 29 June 2017

Air pollution is a huge problem in cities around the world, and it affects the health of millions. Features an interview with Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences. Dr Gary Fuller also appeared in the Daily Mail. The Huffington Post referred to research by the ERG on pollution in London. 

'Safe' level of air pollution kills thousands every year Times, 29 June 2017

Thousands of people die each year as a result of breathing air that is officially considered safe, the largest study of its kind has revealed. Article goes on to quote Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG).

Westminster council is ramping up its efforts to tackle engine idling with new campaign focusing on taxis and delivery firms City AM, 26 June 2017

Westminster City council is cracking down on pollution, with a new campaign focused on taxi and delivery firms. A King’s report on air quality is mentioned. The Daily Mail also reported on the story.

Illegal levels of toxic air blight 70% of medical centres in central London London Evening Standard, 23 June 2017

Article mentions research conducted by King’s and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which looked at levels of pollution around hospitals and health centres.

Plastic to outweigh fish in the sea if waste keeps flowingReuters, 8 June 2017

Feature on Lizzie Carr, who aims to raise awareness on the "global plastic crisis". Includes comments from Dr Stephanie Wright, Analytical & Environmental Sciences.

This 'tree' has the environmental benefits of a forestCNN Edition, 8 June 2017

Article on 'CityTree', a scheme aiming to improve air quality in urban areas. Gary Fuller, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, is quoted. 

Air pollutionBBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 3 June 2017

Discussion on the effects of air pollution on children, featuring Dr Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group (ERG). 

Time for the oil industry to snuff out its flares Guardian, 25 May 2017

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, writes on the use of flared gas by the energy industry.

Revealed: The real damage that diesel fumes do to lungsDaily Mail, 23 May 2017

Scientists have found a clear link between diesel fumes and respiratory difficulties. Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, comments.

The entrepreneurs making money out of thin air BBC News, 16 May 2017

Increasing air pollution in the world's cities is leading some companies to compress and sell bottled countryside air online. Dr Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group, quoted. 

Pollution from wood-burning stoves BBC Radio 4 You and Yours, 15 May 2017

Are wood burning stoves partly to blame for air pollution? Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, appears on the programme.

Doctors make plastics plea over cancer fears Mail on Sunday, 14 May 2017

In a letter to the Mail of Sunday, leading scientists including Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, have called for plastic-free aisles in supermarkets over fears on toxic chemicals leaking into food. 

South Bank construction boom sends London air pollution soaringEvening Standard, 8 May 2017

The luxury apartment construction boom on London’s South Bank has resulted in levels of dangerous airborne particles breaking legal limits. Daniel Marsh, ERG, commented.

Experts say the Government's new air quality plan is toothless and weakBuzzFeed, 6 May 2017

Experts have responded to the government's new air quality plan. Dr David Green, Environmental Research Group (ERG), told BuzzFeed News the lack of financial incentives meant the plan was ‘essentially toothless’. 

The hidden air pollutants in your home — and how to fight them

Financial Times, 29April 2017

Feature on air pollution in the home. Up to 9,000 Londoners die prematurely per year due to long-term exposure to air pollution, according to a King's study. 

Pollution nanoparticles may enter your blood and cause disease New Scientist, 26 April 2017 

Article on air pollution and health includes comment from Professor Frank Kelly, ERG. This was also reported by Independent

Air pollution, our new public health scandal, and what the Government could do to tackle it Independent, 22 April 2017 

Article on air pollution includes comment from Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG). Professor Kelly also wrote a letter to Times on the UK government’s plans to publish data on air pollution. 

How to stop the construction industry choking our citiesGuardian, 20 April 2017

An article looking at diesel emissions on building sites includes comment from Daniel Marsh, ERG, who is project manager for the London Low Emission Construction Partnership.

Does your lifestyle put you at risk from AIR POLLUTION? Our investigation will make you think twice about opening a car window or buying a trendy wood-burning stoveDaily Mail, 17 April 2017

Leading doctors are warning that tiny pollutants in the air - many of them from vehicle emissions - are responsible for 40,000 deaths in Britain every year. Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, is quoted.

The death of diesel Guardian, 15 April 2017

A piece on the problems with diesel, with mention of research by King's into the pollution of different fuels.

Air pollution BBC Radio London Vanessa Feltz, 04 April 2017 

Sadiq Khan has announced tougher rules on vehicle pollution. Professor Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group (ERG), comments. 

Air pollution BBC 1 News and Weather, 03 April 2017 

Report on air pollution cites research by King’s which found that pollution in shops can be reduced by up to 30% if the doors are closed. Research from the ERG was also mentioned by CNBC

Only one person prosecuted in crackdown on chimney pollution Times, 13 March 2017 

Commenting on pollution in London, Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, said that during winter about 10 per cent of particle pollution came from wood burning on fires lit for a few hours each evening.

Air pollution BBC 1 London, 08 March 2017 

Report on attempts to tackle pollution from the construction industry includes comment from Daniel Marsh, Environmental Research Group (ERG). 

Air pollution  6th - 10th March 

New figures from the World Health Organisation suggest that air pollution is linked to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of under-fives each year. A group of London boroughs are campaigning against drivers leaving their engines idling outside hospitals and schools. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group (ERG), spoke to BBC1 London News. He said: ‘The bigger message is that it helps people understand the impact of small actions on the larger problem of air quality.’ (02:02) This was also reported by BBC Radio London (05:02) and BBC Radio 5 live (02:02). King’s research by ERG has been mentioned this week by Evening StandardDaily Mail, and a separate piece for Daily Mail. Dr David Green, ERG, spoke to Guardian about inventions that claim to clean polluted air. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, commented on air pollution in the alps for BBC News Online. He also spoke to BBC News and BBC London News about air pollution in Dartford, and BBC World Service about the impact of pollution on health. Reuters mentioned research by the ERG in a piece about pollution face masks. 

How air pollution harms your health - and how to avoid it Guardian, 20 February 2017 

A piece on air pollution which mentions research by King’s. Research was also mentioned by GuardianBBC Radio London (01:18), Yahoo! News and in a letter in Guardian

New research to fill vital knowledge gaps in what causes cancer

Professor David Phillips, Division of Analytical & Environmental Sciences along with a team of researchers have received £20 million from Cancer Research UK to fill vital knowledge gaps in the environmental and behavioural causes of cancer. Read more here.

Air Pollution 13th - 17th February

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), answered readers’ questions as part of a day-longGuardianfeature on urban air pollution around the world. Professor Kelly was also quoted in a Guardianitem offering advice on what to do during an air pollution warning. Professor Martin Williams, ERG, spoke to iabout Britain’s ‘diesel vehicle problem’, and Times reported that King’s researchers were among 300 signatories to a letter urging the government to remove diesel vehicles from the road as soon as possible because they are causing a ‘health emergency’. A Guardianfeature on air pollution experiments on Marylebone Road quotes Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, who describes it as ‘the foremost urban air pollution research lab in the world’. ERG research was also reported by Wired, New Statesman, Bloomberg, Sun and BBC London 94.9 FM.

Air pollution 6th - 12th February 

BBC One’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, used equipment supplied by King’s to measure the levels of air pollution in London. Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group (ERG), assessed the results and Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, was interviewed on the health impact of air pollution (20:00). An extract of the show was featured on BBC Radio 5 live (14:13) and discussed in a piece written by the show's presenter for Times. Professor Kelly has also written a piece on air pollution for Financial Times and was quoted in Independent. Dr Ian Mudway, ERG, spoke to VICE UK, Timothy Baker, ERG, was quoted in New Scientist, Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, was quoted in Daily Mail, and ERG research was reported by Sun, The Week, and Economist

Air pollution 30th January - 5th February  

Evening Standard reports that Westminster City Council has announced plans for a new parking surcharge of £2.45 an hour for diesel cars in key parts of the borough. A report last year by the Institute for Public Policy Research, Greenpeace and King’s suggested that 40 per cent of nitrogen dioxide and particulate emissions in London comes from diesel vehicles. Sky NewsSun, and Yahoo! News referred to research by the London Air Quality Network run by King's Environmental Research Group (ERG) when reporting the plans. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today (07:41) and BBC News Online about air pollution. Daily MailIndependentand Evening Standard reported recent findings from ERG. Professor Martin Williams, ERG, spoke to i and Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, spoke to Observer. Dr Fuller also wrote for Guardian.

Air pollution   23rd - 27th January 

The first 'very high' pollution alert has been issued in London by Mayor Sadiq Khan. The London Air Quality Network run by the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King's said the cold, calm and settled conditions over the weekend caused a build-up of local emissions from traffic and wood burning, combined with pollution from the continent. Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, wrote a piece for the Guardian on how the UK’s air pollution problem can be solved. He also spoke to BBC Radio 5 live (06:52). Andrew Grieve, ERG, spoke to Buzzfeed and BBC Breakfast. Timothy Baker, ERG, spoke to the Guardian and New StatesmanOther coverage includes ITV News OnlineFinancial TimesBBC News OnlineEvening StandardDaily TelegraphTimesSky News, Daily MailFox news, Globo, AP, International Business TimesWIREDCNNVice, China Daily and many others. Dr Ian Mudway, ERG, spoke to Observer on ‘Space to Breathe’, a two-day exhibition at Somerset House that is hoping to propel the issue of air pollution and public health into the limelight. The ERG will be hosting workshops there.

Understanding the role of DNA in criminal investigations 25 January 2017 

Researchers from King’s working with the European Forensic Genetics Network of Excellence (EUROFORGEN) have launched a guide in partnership with the charity Sense about Science. The guide aims to address misconceptions about DNA analysis and profiling and share exciting new developments in this area. Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Reader in Forensic Genetics, and EUROFORGEN researcher, said: ‘We all enjoy a good crime drama and although we understand the difference between fiction and reality, the distinction can often be blurred by overdramatised press reports of real cases.’ She spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today (06:50) about the report. 

News: simply cleaning exhausts would be a missed opportunity to build better cities The Guardian, 25 January 2017 

Tens of thousands of people die every year from breathing polluted air. The cost of doing nothing far outweighs the price of solving the problem; Dr Gary Fuller writes for the Guardian’s public leaders network on transforming our urban transport.

Concerned Residents Pack Out Meeting, Discussion on air pollution, traffic and health, 19th January 2017 

More than 150 members of the local community braved the cold weather on Tuesday evening to hear Professor Frank Kelly, Caroline Russell AM and Ruth Cadbury MP describe the serious impact traffic has on air quality and health.  Professor Kelly, a leading environmental health academic, was unequivocal about the relationship between diesel emissions, poor health and premature deaths, stating that ill health from air pollution is the second most common cause of early death after smoking.

Pollution warning as London air quality alerts are issued

Air quality alerts have been issued by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. King's London Air Quality Network (LAQN) forecasted pollution levels to reach ‘high’ levels by Thursday evening with no clearance ‘at least until the weekend’. This was reported by BBC News, City A.M, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Associated Press, ABC, International New York Times, and Washington Post. BBC News Online also mentioned the City Air app, produced by King's and the City of London Corporation, which allows Londoners to see pollution levels on their journeys through the city. In a separate Evening Standard piece, Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), commented on increasing trends seen in those buying homes looking to avoid pollution.

Calls for curbs on traffic after 10 days of smog left 300 dead Times, 12 January 2017 

In light of the news that smog during the spring of 2014 in the UK killed 300 people in ten days, there have been calls for restrictions on cars during future periods of high air pollution. Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, said: ‘Elsewhere in Europe cities are developing specific policies to reduce emissions and protect their residents during these periods.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail

CityAir Time Out, 10 January 2017 

King's and the City of London Corporation have developed an app called ‘City Air’, a guide to getting around London in the healthiest way possible by avoiding air pollution.

London exceeds annual pollution limit – just days into 2017  

London has already exceeded pollution guidelines for the whole of 2017 just days into the year. Monitoring by the London Air project at King’s showed that levels had been breached by 9pm on Thursday 5th January. This was reported by MetroITV NewsEvening StandardBBC NewsGuardian, i, IndependentNew ScientistWired, TimesDaily ExpressDaily MirrorBuzzfeed and CNN

Cycle masks BBC Radio 4 You & Yours, 06 January 2017 

A feature on the benefits of wearing anti-pollution masks in order to prevent respiratory illness. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘I have a worry that if we end up having all our cyclists and people who are on these busy routes protecting themselves individually, it will be less of an incentive for government to actually take the root source of the problem to task.’ (12:51)

Brixton Road becomes first place in London to breach Nitrogen dioxide limits 06 January 2017

Data from the Environmental Research Group (ERG) has shown Brixton Road has become the first place in London to breach objectives for nitrogen dioxide for 2017. Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, said: ‘While public attention will focus on today’s result from Brixton Road, it is important to note that the majority of main roads in London regularly breach legal values for nitrogen dioxide.’ This was also reported by Times.

Media Coverage 2016

 

Toxic pollution in three London areas breaches EU limits Evening Standard, 22 December 2016 
Research from the Environmental Research Group is referenced in an article about London pollution levels.

Putney High Street breached air pollution limits 1,000 times this year Evening Standard, 21 December 
Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, says 'understanding air pollution hotspots is the first step in addressing the problem,' in an article about London air pollution.  

Swedish start-up tackles air pollution head on CNN, 21 December 2016 

A group of Swedish entrepreneurs have created a new air pollution mask which they say is both functional and fashionable. Commenting, Dr Ben Barrett, ERG, said: 'Generally speaking, there are two reasons why mask can or can't work: one is the size of the particles they are able to filter out and the other is the fit on the face. If it's leaking in from the side it's not going to work.' 

Amid smoggy days in London, growing calls to clean up Europe's toxic air Washington Post, 20 December 2016 

Article on pollution in London includes comments from Dr Gary Fuller, ERG. 'It's a complete policy failure. No one could defend this,' he said. Dr Fuller's comments were also reported by South China Morning Post

Cold cases: The detectives on the trail of undiscovered killers BBC Online, 18 December 2016 

Article looking at the use of forensics in cold cases. Dr David Ballard, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘At the moment, that nuclear DNA that we normally find in the hair root is so degraded and so poor quality on a hair shaft that there is no way that we can normally get a result.' Dr Ballard's comments were also reported on Sky News. 

Londoners 'take more cocaine on weekdays than other Europeans'Guardian, 14 December 2016

Research looking at the drugs consumed by major European cities has suggested that Londoners take more drugs during the weekdays than other cities. Dr Leon Barron, Forensics, who provided the London data said this was because of the time it took for users to excrete the metabolites of their drugs: ‘If you think about cocaine, the maximum concentration that you will excrete in your urine will take about two hours or so for that to come out.’ This was also reported by theTelegraph.

Pollutionwatch The Guardian 12 December 2016

The latest in Dr Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for the Guardian newspaper.

Londoners' immune systems 'weakened by capital's toxic air' Evening Standard, 08 December 2016 

Hundreds of thousands of Londoners may be having their immune system slowly aggravated by toxic diesel fumes, Dr Ian Mudway, Environmental Research Group, has warned. He said: ‘In individuals with pre-existing lung disease the contaminants within the air we breathe can have immediate tangible effects, such as symptomatic ‘flare-ups’ during pollution episodes.’ 

Sadiq Khan just doubled funding to tackle London’s filthy air Wired, 07 December 2016 

Sadiq Khan has announced that £875 million will be invested in cleaning up the capital’s fetid air through to 2021/22, doubling the £425 million previously committed. Nearly 9,500 premature deaths a year have been linked to air pollution in the city, according to a study carried out by researchers at King’s. 

Paris pollution 'worst for 10 years' as smog causes travel chaos Sky News, 07 December 2016 

Paris is said to be suffering its worst winter pollution for at least a decade, with the French capital clouded by thick smog and gripped by travel chaos. Experts at King's said air flowing into London was forecast to have travelled up through France and close to Paris. This was also reported by Evening Standard

Is it time to ban sales of new diesel cars in London? Evening Standard, 02 December 2016 

Article mentions that according to a recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, Greenpeace and King’s, diesel cars are emitting 40 per cent of London’s NO2 and particulate PM10 emissions.

Temperatures plunge to -10C as health officials warn sub-zero weather and toxic smog cloud could be deadly over the coldest weekend of the season Daily Mail, 02 December 2016 

Article on the weather mentions that the Environmental Research Group (ERG) described air pollution as 'high' on 30 November due to an area of high pressure over the UK, resulting in calm, settled and cold conditions and poor dispersal of local pollutants. Huffington Post reported that Londoners were warned not to drive on Monday, as air pollution levels in the city soared. According to London Air, an air pollution monitoring site run ERG, the forecast for Monday and Tuesday included moderate air pollution. This was also reported by Independent.  

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issues air quality alerts across capital BBC News Online, 01 December 2016

Air quality alerts have been issued across the capital by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for the first time. King's air quality network describes air pollution in London as ‘high’ due to an area of high pressure over the UK resulting in calm, settled and cold conditions and poor dispersal of local pollutants. Dr David Green, ERG, said: ‘Letting people know about the problem is very important.’ This was also reported by Daily MailTelegraphNew York TimesWashington Postand ABC News.

Parents warned over taking babies outside in London as air pollution levels soar Evening Standard, 01 December 2016

Parents in London have been advised to ‘take care’ when taking their baby outside because of toxic air pollution levels. Yesterday, experts at King’s, using the EU limits, put air pollution at ‘high’ in Brent mid-morning and ‘moderate’ in Sutton, Westminster, the City, Lambeth, Croydon and Ealing. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, said: ‘If we really want to do more to improve public health we would follow the WHO guidelines.’

Bus stops designed to fight killer pollution in London Evening Standard, 29 November 2016

Pollution-fighting bus stops have been designed to zap exhaust fume particles and pump out fresh air for pedestrians. Independent tests on the Airlabs system were conducted in Marylebone Road by the Environmental Research Group at King’s.

Healthcare clean up of urban environment means tackling pollution at sourceFinancial Times, 29 November 2016

Article discussing air pollution. Speaking about personal pollution monitors, Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, said: ‘Provision of accurate, personal air quality information to the individual is within our grasp in some major cities such as London, where there is knowledge of air pollution at a relatively fine scale.’

Inconvenient truth about your wood-burning stove: They can be bad for the environment AND your healthDaily Mail, 26 November 2016

Article on the environmental and health impacts of wood-burning stoves. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘There is evidence that good wood-burning stoves produce less air pollution than open fires, because they burn wood more efficiently, but any home burning wood will be creating more air pollution than heating by gas, oil or electricity.’

Smoking a pack a day for a year causes 150 mutations in lung cells 03 November 2016

Scientists have measured the catastrophic genetic damage caused by smoking in different organs of the body and identified several different mechanisms by which tobacco smoking causes mutations in DNA. Professor David Phillips, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘The results are a mixture of the expected and unexpected, and reveal a picture of direct and indirect effects.’ This was reported by Guardian and South China Morning Post

The costly gridlock: How can we keep our cities moving? Guardian, 31 October 2016

Coverage of a roundtable discussion on urban transport hosted by the Guardian. Commenting as a participant on the roundtable, Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘In London, we have a world class transport system, but it’s still not good enough.’ Professor Kelly was also quoted in a piece for New Scientist and wrote a piece for British Medical Journal.

‘Seeing’ pollution could save lives Telegraph, 05 October 2016

Technology that allows people to physically see pollution could help educate people about the environment and save lives, says Dr Martin Williams, Analytical & Environmental Sciences. He said: ‘If parents could see what it looks like pushing their child through a band of raw pollution, they’d take preventative action.’  This was also reported by Evening Standard.

#AskPollution Twitter Q&A 12-2pm this Thursday

Air pollution is a topic of ongoing interest, especially in the media, as many countries struggle to bring their emission levels within acceptable limits. For each new development there is seemingly a new challenge for air quality scientists and policy makers – how can we all contribute to improving the quality of the air we breathe?

Experts on air quality from the Environmental Research Group will be taking over the King’s College London Twitter feed @KingsCollegeLon on Thursday 6 October 2016 for two hours from midday to answer questions on air pollution and air quality science.

Sports doping Sky Sports News Good Morning Sports Fans, 15 September 2016

Professor David Cowan, Drug Control Centre, is interviewed about the hacking of British athletes’ medical records. He said: ‘I don’t think there’s a risk of someone modifying files on that database.’ (08:38)

Can London mayor’s car ban solve pollution crisis?

CNN, 12 September 2016

New Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has a plan to drastically change pollution levels in London. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, said: ‘In years to come the health benefits will be considerable.’

The polluting effect of wear and tear in brakes and tyres Guardian11 September 2016

Article on wear-particles by Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG). ‘Increasing amounts of wear-particles have been found in new research from King's,’ he said.

Congratulations to three of our own in being named London’s most influential by the London Evening Standard.

Professor Frank Kelly who holds the chair in Environmental Health, Naveed Khan a current medical student and Dr Oliver Johnson medicine alumnus and Programme Director of the King's Sierra Leone Partnership (new title?) all named by the Evening Standard as the most influential people in London for 2016.

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London air pollution policies are starting to have impact, but more work to be done

New research by scientists at King’s suggests that air pollution from London’s roads is improving overall but more work may be needed to tackle some sources of traffic pollution. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘It is great that evidence shows that policies are starting to have an impact, but we need to expand on these to reduce the health burden from breathing polluted air.’ This was reported by BBC News,Evening Standard and Metro.

Is urban cycling worth the risk?Financial Times, 02 September 2016

An article on cycling in the city. London's air pollution, which is caused primarily by traffic and diesel fumes, is responsible for upto 9,500 premature deaths each year, according to a 2015 King’s study.

NOSK: Could this tiny nose filter make cyclists' commutes less polluted?Evening Standard, 01 September 2016

Article on the NOSK air filter for cyclists and pedestrians. It is mentioned that a King's and Healthy Air campaign study found drivers actually breathe the worst air.

Shirley Rodrigues and the Air Pollution EmergencyTimes of India, 24 August 2016

Article discussing pollution in London mentions research by King’s Environmental Research Group (ERG). 

Forensic study of 'mutineer' pigtails

Ten pigtails of hair thought to be from seven mutineers of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame and three of their female Polynesian companions, purportedly dating back to the pre-1800s will be analysed in a new collaboration between the Pitcairn Islands Study Centre, Pacific Union College and the forensic DNA group at King’s. Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Forensic Science, said: ‘The hairs, if from the mutineers, are over two hundred years old and we have no idea what environments they might have been exposed to in the intervening time.’ This was also reported by Times, IndependentBBC News OnlineGuardianDaily Mirror and BBC Radio 5 live (07:02).

How to win the fight against air pollution CNN, 19 August 2016

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that air pollution is responsible for up to seven million deaths each year. Article mentions comments from Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group (ERG), and a recent report by the same group. 

Banning diesel cars is essential to tackling London’s pollution crisis City A.M., 17 August 2016

Article discussing restricting diesel cars to limit air pollution mentions research from King’s.

Clothes that highlight air pollution are coming to London Time Out, 01 August 2016

An article about Human Sensor, a high-tech fashion range designed by media artist and environmentalist Kasia Molga, in collaboration with academics from the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King's. As the wearer breathes, sensors embedded in the material collect data on the quality of the air, then LED lights flash white or blue if the air is clean, and danger zone red with high levels of PM2.5, meaning that the wearer can avoid highly polluted areas.

Professor David Cowan, Drugs Control Centre, has commented for a number of outlets regarding anti-doping at the Olympics including: NBCCNN (1) and CNN (2)

Breathtaking: Air-quality indices make pollution seem less bad than it is Economist, 28 July 2016

Article discusses acute and chronic exposure to air pollution. It mentions research by the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s, which suggested air pollution could shorten lives in London by up to 16 months. 

Inside Science BBC Radio 4, 28 July 2016

Professor David Cowan, Analytical & Environmental Sciences discusses anti-doping tests in advance of Rio 2016. Commenting on London 2012, when King’s ran the anti-doping labs, Professor Cowan said: ‘There was no such thing as an average day, other than being extremely busy all the time.’

The 'human sensor' making Manchester's air pollution visible The Guardian, 28 July 2016

Media artist Kasia Molga has joined up with researchers at King's to develop clothing that reacts to particles (PM2.5s) emitted mainly by diesel engines. Andrew Grieve, ERG, said: ‘The big challenge we have is that air pollution is mostly invisible. Art helps to makes it visible.’

Air pollution CNN, 23 July 2016

Professor Martin Williams, ERG, discusses the global threat of pollution. ‘There are well-known studies that show that pollution can travel on high level winds, that transfer pollution across the atmosphere from China through to the US and across to Europe,’ he said.

BBC Fake or Fortune - BBC 1 this Sunday at 8.00pm – Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Forensic Sciences  Group / DNA Analysis at King’s.

BBC Horizon – “Sports Doping – Is It Worth It?” – BBC 2 on Tuesday the 19th at 8:00pm – Professor David Cowan, Drug Control Centre 

See the Clothing That Shows How Bad Smog Is in Your Neighborhood  Yahoo! News, 20 July 2016 

Article on the Human Sensor, a set of high-tech garments that light up and change colour depending on the air quality around the person wearing them. Media artist Kasia Molga spent the past year designing the Human Sensor in collaboration with researchers at King's Environmental Research Group.

The young men risking their health for the perfect physique: As this TV doctor finds out in a new documentary it’s not just super athletes using banned drugs... Daily Mail, 19 July 2016

An article on the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Professor David Cowan, pharmaceutical toxicology, who runs the UK Drug Control Centre laboratory said: ‘People are making injectable substances in garages. This means someone may be injecting a load of bacteria that can cause nasty infections or even kill’. Professor Cowan was featured in a BBC Horizonsdocumentary on doping.

Call for Sadiq Khan to ban all diesel cars from Londons roads Evening Standard, 18 July 2016

All diesel cars might have to be banned from London's roads to meet legal air quality obligations, a report found today. New modelling carried out by air quality experts at King's found that they would have to be phased out over the next decade if London had any chance of achieving safe and legal levels of air pollution.

Mayor Sadiq Khan must act on his pledge to clean up London’s filthy airEvening Standard, 06 July 2016

Article discussing levels of NO2 in London mentions research by academics at King’s. Research from the ERG is also mentioned in the Financial Times and Bloomberg.

The soup kitchen putting London's air quality on the menuGuardian, 01 July 2016

A pop-up kitchen is serving free soup, which will change in colour daily according to air pollution leveIs. Information boards with data and research from air quality experts at the Environment Research Group (ERG) will also be there. 

Are We Breathing in Microplastics? Pollution Solution, Jun 29 2016

An environmental health expert has raised the possibility that microplastics could be infiltrating our airwaves and being inhaled by humans and animals in microscopic amounts. Professor Frank Kelly of King’s College London posited the theory at a meeting of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) last month, calling for further research to be conducted into the potentially negative effects of inhaling the plastics. - See more at: http://www.pollutionsolutions-online.

How wearable technology could change the way we think about air pollution Washington Post, 28 June 2016

A new project called the ‘Human Sensor’ has led to the production of a piece of high-tech clothing that changes colour to reflect the amount of pollution in the surrounding air. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, has been working on the project. 

MPs to meet to discuss improving air quality in London BBC News, 28 June 2016 King's College London figures relating to the number of premature deaths linked to air pollution are mentioned in BBC London Live coverage reporting that MPs were due to meet to discuss the issue.

'Diesels more polluting below 18°C'BBC News, 22 June 2016 
Pollution from many popular diesel cars is much worse when it is colder than 18C outside, new research suggests. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, commented on the need for tighter rules, especially with diesel vehicles, to protect people from air pollution. The story also ran on BBC Radio 4 Today. Dr Ben Barratt, ERG, joined a Facebook live discussion following the show to answer people’s questions about air pollution.

'Pollution signs should be put up in London's blackspots', says Sadiq Khan Evening Standard, 21 June 2016 
Sadiq Khan today proposed public signs at toxic air blackspots to alert Londoners to the health risks. The Mayor said data from King's showed the ‘Saharan Dust’ episode in April 2014 was one of 49 times when air pollution climbed to ‘moderate’ or higher that year.

Clothing changes colour to show pollution Evening Standard, 20 June 016

Artist Kasia Molga has designed hi-tech clothing which changes colour to reveal air pollution around wearers. Ms Molga was advised by Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG).

Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children Guardian 13 June 2016

A new study has linked air pollution to increased mental illness in children, even at low levels of pollution. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the importance of this research.

Toxic diesel fumes 'cause liver spots on the face' Evening Standard 13 June 2016
An article on the link between high levels of traffic pollution and premature ageing of the skin mentions that many monitoring sites in central London managed by the London Air Quality Network at King's have nitrogen dioxide levels above the recommended safe limit of 40 ug/m3.

Enough to make you chokeDaily Mail, 09 June 2016

A ‘furious driver’ comments on diesel taxes and cites an estimate by Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, that states diesel engines could be responsible for a quarter of the 29,000 premature deaths in Britain attributed to air pollution. Professor Kelly also comment on this story on the Today programme(01.16.00).

How fracking can contribute to climate change Guardian, 29 May 2016

Dr Gary FullerEnvironmental Research Group (ERG), has written a piece on how leakage of natural gas from drilling and pipework means that more methane is entering the atmosphere. ‘However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3 per cent,’ he said.

Barbecues make popular London park 'more polluted than city streets' Telegraph, 28 May 2016

Residents near Highbury Fields in Islington have called on a ban on barbecuing in public parks because of the impact it may have on air pollution. The residents completed the study using equipment from King’s. This was also reported by Times and Guardian.

23 athletes competing at Rio Olympics fail London 2012 drugs retestTelegraph, 27 May 2016

Reports suggest that up to 60 athletes who took part in the London 2012 Olympics may have been on drugs. The article mentions Professor David Cowan, Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring, who said at the time of the 2012 Olympics that the figures of cheating athletes would be fewer than 50.

Chinese students studying in UK honouredChina Daily, 20 May 2016

The Chinese government has awarded some Chinese students studying in the UK, at a ceremony for the 2015 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students. Professor David Cowan, Law, whose student Yaoyao Wang won an award, said: ‘We very much value the quality of Chinese students coming to UK.’

Environmental Research Group (ERG)

Dr Ben BarrattERG, discussed on ITV an air pollution report that London Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused Boris Johnson of hiding. ‘Back in 2010 nitrogen dioxide levels were at their peak and certainly air pollution across the whole London Borough was well above legal standards,’ he said. Andrew Grieve, ERG, also discussed this topic on BBC Radio 4 where he used an air pollution monitor to test air pollution on a busy road in London. ‘On the day people were asking drivers to switch their cars off, peaks we saw in the data were lower and there were less levels of air pollution,’ he said. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, discussed in the London Evening Standard Sadiq Khan’s new plans to introduce a charge for vehicles which emit the most toxic fumes. ‘The new Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s, announcement…is very welcome news,’ he said.  A study by the ERG group has also been mentioned in the Guardianwhich showed that a third of primary and secondary schools in London are situated in areas where nitrogen dioxide levels are above the legal limits.

Environmental Research Group

Academics from the Environmental Research Group (ERG) have commented widely in the media this week. Dr Gary Fuller, discussed diesel car emissions for the Guardian. ‘Compared with stricter standards applied to petrol cars, the average diesel sold between 2009 and 2015 emitted 19 times more nitrogen oxides,’ he said. Dr Fuller also commented for the Guardian in another article about particulate matter (PM). ‘A lot of PM2.5s has a long residence time in the air, a week or more, therefore it’s not just what you generate locally, it’s all the other cities around you,’ he said. This was also reported by Times Professor Frank Kelly, spoke to the Independent about harmful microplastics in the environment. ‘There’s a real possibility that some of those microparticles will be entrained into the air and they will be carried around and we will end up breathing them,’ he said. Professor Kelly also commented in Express on whether eco-cars produce as much air pollution as diesel cars, which was also reported by Guardian and London Evening Standard.  An article in the Guardian mentions a study carried out by a number of universities, including academics from ERG, which looked at the impact of a type of paint on the reduction of nitrogen dioxide. London Mayor Sadiq Khan cited research by the ERG, which was reported by Bloomberg

Air pollution warnings issued as UK temperatures set to soar Guardian, 06 May 2016

Air pollution warning have been issued with temperatures forecast to climb towards 27C (80F) in south-east England and Midlands this weekend. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘As spring is moving towards summer the sun is getting stronger, and able to drive chemical reactions between pollutants that cause ozone to be formed, along with the particles 

Air pollution has been lost in the murk of the London mayoral campaign Guardian, 03 May 2016

Research by King’s is mentioned in this article that shows the health impacts of air pollution, including diseases such as asthma and bronchitis.

Revealed: The 20 blackspots for toxic air in London 
Evening Standard, 29 April 2016

Campaign group ClientEarth has published a list of 20 pollution blackspots where air pollution exceeds EU limits. Data captured by King’s monitoring equipment found that air pollution levels on Putney High Street were beyond EU regulations. This was also reported by Guardian.

Environment discussion BBC Radio 4, 27 April 2016

Dr Heather Walton, Environmental Research Group, discusses measures which can be taken to reduce air pollution and the risks of air pollution. ‘There are significant health impacts and figures show that 29,000 deaths were as a result of air pollution. Recently there has been research showing that the level of nitrogen dioxide has increased and this may have an impact on the number of deaths caused by air pollution,’ she said. 

MPs: UK air pollution is a 'public health emergency' Guardian, 27 April 2016

A new scrappage scheme has been introduced for diesel vehicles which will allow only the cleanest buses to drive on key polluted roads. This scheme is also being supported by the Environmental Research Group at King’s. 

Will real-world emissions tests clean up diesel cars? Guardian, 22 April 2016

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, comments on whether new world emissions tests will help reduce diesel emissions. ‘These standards came in in 2010 [but were enforced by laboratory tests]. Finally when it’s been recognised by governments and the EU, the industry has been given another four and a half years before it really needs to comply. In my mind, that’s too long,’ he said. 

Will real-world emissions tests clean up diesel cars?Guardian, 22 April 2016

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, comments on whether new world emissions tests will help reduce diesel emissions. ‘These standards came in in 2010 [but were enforced by laboratory tests]. Finally when it’s been recognised by governments and the EU, the industry has been given another four and a half years before it really needs to comply. In my mind, that’s too long,’ he said. 

Anti-pollution groups cover London statues with masks Deccan Chronicle, 18 April 2016

Greenpeace campaigners put pollution face masks on the faces of famous statues in London to draw attention to the problem of air pollution. The article mentions recent research from King’s, which found nearly 10,000 Londoners die prematurely every year as a result of air pollution. Also reported in NDTV and AFP.

The rites and wrongs of spring Guardian, 10 April 2016

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, discusses why spring is the most polluted time of the year in the UK. ‘Traffic in our cities is much the same each week, but in the countryside, spring is very different to autumn. Crops are planted, fields are fertilised, farm animals are let out of their barns and their manure, stored over the winter, is spread on the land,’ he said.

Welsh rugby player Joseph Phelps banned for four years for steroid use BBC News, 05 April 2016

Welsh Rugby player Joseph Phelps has been banned from playing rugby after testing positive for steroids. A report by Professor David Cowan, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, used at the tribunal suggests that ‘the human body does not naturally produce nandrolone in measurable quantities and that nandrolone is a drug administered via deep intra-muscular injection.

Diesel fumes poison babies in the womb Sunday Times, 27 March 2016

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, comments on research which claims that diesel fumes damage the brains of inner-city children.  ‘The ever-accumulating evidence that so many components of air pollution contribute to a diverse set of diseases confirms the urgent need to manage air quality,’ he said. 

‘Londoners would live a month longer with cleaner air’ Evening Standard, 23 March 2016

A study by King’s and the think tank Policy Exchange has called for more to be done in the way of air ‘pollution-busting measures’. These include ‘Clean Bus Corridors’ for Oxford Street, Brixton Road and Knightsbridge. 

Pigeon patrol takes flight to tackle London's air pollution crisis Guardian, 14 March 2016

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), comments on recent news that pigeons are being strapped with pollution sensors to track air pollution. ‘It’s great that unemployed pigeons from Trafalgar Square are being put to work. Around 15 years ago tests were done on around 150 stray dogs in Mexico City, showing the ways in which air pollution was affecting lungs and heart health,’ he said. This was also reported by New Scientist.

London mayoral election: Sian Berry vows to target air pollutionBBC News, 14 March 2016

Green Party mayoral candidate Sian Berry plans to tackle air pollution if she wins the election. This comes after research by King’s which showed that nearly 10,000 people died in 2010 as a result of air pollution. 

‘Lightning drug’ strikes at the heart of world sportSunday Times, 13 March 2016

Professor David Cowan, Head of Department of Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring, comments on the ban of the heart drug meldonium in sports. ‘Thyroid is an essential hormone and I’m concerned about people going to physicians unconnected to sport, claiming they feel tired and have thyroid insufficiency and getting medication to enhance performance,’ he said. 

May we have fresh air to breathe – please Guardian, 06 March 2016

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), has written a piece on air pollution and the effect it has on a city and its people. ‘Having allowed for smoking and other factors, people lived shorter lives in the most polluted cities, showing, for the first time, that the particle pollution that we experience every day affects our health,’ he said.

Diesel pollution warning BBC Radio 4, 06 March 2016

Dr Benjamin Barratt, ERG, explains the new devices which can measure how much diesel pollution a person is exposed to. ‘A pump takes in air from the side of the tube through a white filter, a laser then measures the rate at which carbon particles in the air turn the filter black,’ he said. 

How much diesel pollution am I breathing in?

BBC News, 4 March 2016

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, discusses how much air pollution people are exposed to. ‘For all sources of air pollution the value which we believe is associated with early mortality is the equivalent of 29,000 deaths per year in the UK. And diesel tends to produce more pollutants than, say, petrol would. So it is quite a sizeable public health challenge,’ he said.

Living in cities BBC World Health Check, February 2016

Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, discussed the impact that pollution has on people who live in cities. ‘We’re getting that repeated exposure to pollution on a daily basis. There are two pollutants that we really worry about. The first is tiny particles…the second is a gas called nitrogen dioxide,’ he said.

Air pollution: How strong is the link to cancer? Independent, 25 February 2016

Discussions about the role that air pollution plays in causing cancer have increased over the last few years. Professor David Phillips, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘As other health hazards like smoking come under control, urban air pollution becomes more of a problem.’

Why walking by a main road is as bad for you as smoking. And beware of your air freshener, too Daily Mail, 23 February 2016

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, discusses increasing levels of air pollution and how this can affect health. ‘Chemical toxins dissolve within the lungs or pass through the lungs into the blood. These chemicals interact with blood vessel walls and cause damage that can lead to heart attacks,’ he said. This was also reported by Guardian

UK's first pollution cameras trialled in Birmingham and London BBC News, 15 February 2016

Britain’s first pollution cameras are being trialled on roads in Birmingham and London as part of a trial by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds and King's, and funded by the Department for Transport. This was also reported by London Evening Standard, BBC News, ITV, LBC Radio and BBC Radio London

Drivers 'exposed to highest levels of pollution' BBC News, 15 February 2016

The article focuses on air pollution and how people can decrease the amount of toxic air to which they are exposed. Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘There is a growing awareness of the dangers of air pollution. As well as respiratory problems, it can have effects on mental health, cardiovascular conditions and child development. So the urgency behind this issue is becoming much greater.’

Pollution cameras to snap toxic carsSunday Times, 07 February 2016

A new device which measures the toxins emitted by cars to see if they breach legal limits will be introduced in the UK. The cameras will be placed near Oxford Circus and Blackheath. The trials will be sponsored by King’s, Department of Transport, Leeds and Birmingham University. 

Pollutionwatch:The deadly toll of city smog

The Guardian,7 February 2016

The latest inDr Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for the Guardian newspaper

Invisible menace in cities threatens thousands of lives say campaignersGuardian, 05 February 2016

The article focuses on air pollution in London and the health risks it poses to Londoners. Professor Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘The public health message is that you can’t hide from air pollution inside a car. We advise the public to leave the car at home whenever possible. This exposes you and your family to lower levels of air pollution, you’re not contributing to the problem, and you’re also getting the benefits of exercise.’ This was also reported by LBC Radio and Huffington Post.

Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan unite to commit to pedestrianisation of Oxford Street

London Evening Standard, 4 February 2016

London 2016 Mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith have committed to the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street in order to reduce pollution and congestion. A study by Dr David Carslaw, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, is mentioned, which looked at levels of pollution on Oxford Street.

Pollution in Spain

El Mundo, 24 January 2016

Dr Ben Barratt and Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, discussed the problem of pollution in European cities. ‘Pollution is a relatively new concern of public health and the true extent of the problem has come to light in the last ten years,’ they said.

Setback for Heathrow as nearby pollution hits an eight-year high

London Evening Standard, 22 January 2016

Plans to build a third runway at Heathrow have been delayed following research by King’s, which showed that air pollution close to the airport has hit an eight year high. A monitoring station at Keats Way, Hillingdon, recorded nitrogen dioxide 228mg per cubic metre – the highest since the end of 2007.

Killer pollution in City hits top 'black' alert level

New figures show that air pollution in London has climbed to dangerous levels only measured three times in the last two years. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), comments: ‘The lack of any “substantial” decrease in deaths attributable to PM2.5 highlighted that considerable more ambition will be needed by the incoming mayor to address this pressing public health issue.’  Dr Ian Mudway, ERG, also notes the impact it will have on children’s health, particularly students in Tower Hamlets and Hackney. This was reported by London Evening Standard, Independent , GuardianBBC Radio 2 and London Evening Standard.

London's mayor seems to struggle with science. Time for a chief scientific adviser

Guardian, 11 January 2016

The article focuses on the current air pollution problem in London and the health risks it poses for the London population. It also mentions the research by King’s which shows that more than 9,000 in London die from toxic air pollution each year. This was also reported by Express.

Dust from distant lands

Guardian, 10 January 2016

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group has written an article about how the dust from the Sahara Desert is blown across the Atlantic, affecting countries such as Italy, Spain and Portugal. The UK's air pollution monitoring networks can detect Saharan dust, but it is difficult to distinguish it from other pollution sources,’ he said.

London takes just one week to breach annual air pollution limits

The Guardian, 8 January 2016

According to reports, London has already breached annual pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘It’s just that central London, and London as a whole, have a really huge problem with NO2. Breaching so early in the year really just illustrates how big a problem it is.’ Also reported by Bloomberg Business.

Media Coverage 2015

 

Our prettiest pollutant: Just how bad are fireworks for the environment?

The Conversation, 31 December 2015

Dr Gary FullerEnvironmental Research Group, has written an article about the dangers of fireworks for the environment.Firework smoke is rich in tiny metal particles. These metals make firework colours, in much the same way as Victorian scientists identified chemicals by burning them in a Bunsen flame; blue from copper, red from strontium or lithium, and bright green or white from barium compounds, he said.

Air quality report

BBC Radio London, 29 December 2015

King's Environmental Research Group produced a report for the Greater London Authority (GLA), which showed that up to 25 people per day were dying due to poor air quality in London. The report also highlighted that Oxford Street and Marylebone Road are the two most polluted streets in London. (Interview starts at 02:35).

The lethal effects of London fog

BBC News, 22 December 2015

The article focuses on the current air pollution crisis that London is facing. A recent study by the Environmental Research Group at King’s shows that over 9,000 people die each year as a result of air pollution in London. premature deaths a year. 

Diesel is fast losing favour in the UK

Hindustan Times, 17 December 2015

The British Supreme Court recently ordered the UK Government to take steps to tackle air pollution, including phasing out diesel. Professor Martin Williams, ERG, explained that diesel was encouraged by the previous Labour government. ‘Diesel was seen as a good thing because it produces less CO2, so we gave people incentives to buy diesel cars,’ he said.

Second Saharan dust cloud to hit England and Wales this weekend

Guardian, 17 December 2015

Air pollution from the Saharan dust is expected to hit the UK and Wales this weekend. Parts of eastern, central and southern England have already being affected. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘Across Europe, Saharan dust is mainly an air pollution problem for Mediterranean countries, especially those in the east Mediterranean where episodes have caused air pollution to reach 10 times the EU limits.’

Pollutionwatch: Climate, health and opportunity

The Guardian,13 December 2015

The latest in Dr Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for the Guardian newspaper

Air Pollution BBC World News, 12 December 2015

Despite tougher regulations, the amount of poisonous nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the UK air remains high, and recent research found that during the rush hour in London, NO2 often peaks at dangerous levels. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘Our measurements from the London air quality network clearly showed that NO2 was not changing. Dr Ben Barratt, also of the ERG, demonstrated an experiment that measured the diesel pollution in London and its effects on our bodies. Discussing the research, he said: It really changed something that was primarily seen as an environmental issue, to a health issue.

House windows you can't open shut out toxic air

Times, 06 December 2015

A new policy will allow developers to build houses, flats and schools on some sites only if they fit them with windows that cannot be opened and mechanical ventilation systems that filter toxins from incoming air. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘Sitting schools and homes in highly polluted locations is not good policy, if it exceeds pollution limits then development should be stopped.

10 reasons Christmas is bad for you

Daily Mail, 06 December 2015

According to scientists at King's, the pollution found on Oxford Street is high enough to cause damage to the arteries. The toxic air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide, is emitted from diesel vehicles which can cause health problems.

One of the biggest cities in the world has banned half its cars because they are turning the streets into 'a gas chamber'

Independent, 04 December 2015

Delhi’s government wants to decrease the number of cars driving in the city by only allowing vehicles to drive on alternate days depending on their number plate in order to reduce air pollution. A separate report by the Policy Exchange and King’s showed that one in four children were breathing in toxic air in London. 

Where is the world's most polluted city?

Guardian, 02 December 2015

Research shows that air pollution kills 3.3 million per year more than HIV, malaria and influenza combined. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘When we compare air pollution in cities, we only look at those with measurements. 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.’

Toxic air threat to London pupils

London Evening Standard, 01 December 2015

A report shows that one in four school children in London are exposed to polluted air. According to the report 328,000 pupils were breathing in above the permitted level of nitrogen oxide. The research by Policy Exchange and King’s was published to the world leaders at the Climate Change conference in Paris. This was also reported by BBC Radio London and The Economist

Why EVs can reduce (but not eliminate) urban air pollution

Scientific American, 30 November 2015

Increasing attention is being paid to the potential for electricity to power urban public transportation. Research from the Environmental Research Group is mentioned, which found that particulate matter in London is responsible for an estimated 3,537 premature deaths each year.

Pollutionwatch: Pain in Spain

The Guardian, 29 November 2015

The latest in Dr Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for the Guardian newspaper

The VW Emissions Scandal

BBC Panorama, 23 November 2015 

The BBC investigates the Volkswagen scandal and the impact it has had on air pollution in the UK.  Professor Frank Kelly and Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group commented on air pollution in London: Professor Kelly said: ‘Our measurements from the London Air Quality Network clearly show that nitrogen oxide was not changing, so we went and looked at the data near the roads and found that it was diesel vehicles which were emitting a lot more pollutants.’ (starts 13.05 mins)

Fresh Air Square at London Bridge

23 November 2015

A new Fresh Air Square parklet has been created on Tooley Street near London Bridge. The project was led by Team London Bridge business improvement district in collaboration with TfL, CJS Plants and King’s. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group (ERG) said: 'It has been a pleasure to work with Team London Bridge on this project. Bringing the issue of air quality into the public realm in this way is first and the response from the public has been fantastic.’

Fireworks are fun – but the effects are not

Guardian, 15 November 2015

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, wrote a piece on the effect fireworks have on air pollution. ‘The sparkles from fireworks last a few seconds but the air pollution can linger in our cities for hours. Firework smoke is rich in tiny metal particles making it very different to normal urban air pollution,’ he said.

Russian doping allegations

BBC News, 9 November 2015
It has been alleged that Russian athletes were involved in doping systematically during the London 2012 Olympics. Professor David Cowan, Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring, discusses the Russian doping controversy and what this means for Russian athletes. Professor Cowan said: ‘This is very disappointing as we had a wonderful game in London; we did a good job trying to make sure that we didn’t have cheats taking part in the games.’

And in the red corner

Guardian, 8 November 2015
Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, comments on the subject of Heathrow’s third runway. Professor Kelly said: ‘Gatwick is a better option than Heathrow, and it’s not the only pressing issue when it comes to cleaning London’s air.’ 

London's invisible health threat 

BBC Radio 5 Live, In Short, 7 November 2015
Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, measured the levels of black carbon around different places in London. ‘High levels of pollution can cause a number of health problems and depending on the duration and amount of exposure, can cause serious health effects on the heart, lung and even the brain’ he said.

Should you only use the back rings of your cooker? The clever tricks experts say can save you from toxic air pollution 

Daily Mail, 03 November 2015

Air pollution has been linked to increased risk of stroke; cognitive decline; high blood pressure; type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘If exposed to high levels of pollution over a number of decades, even healthy airways and blood vessels can become damaged, triggering asthma and heart disease.’ Further studies by King’s shows that people in cars and taxis are often exposed to the highest level of pollution, many times more than pedestrians or even cyclists. Dr Ben Barratt, ERG, commented: ‘When stuck in traffic, the exhaust from the car in front is very likely to be pumping straight into your car's inlet system.’

What to do about diesel pollution?

BBC 1 Sunday Politics, 01 November 2015

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, demonstrated how air quality is measured, taking a portable device to measure pollution levels in the Rotherhithe tunnel.  He warned that most modern cars are emitting high levels of nitrogen dioxide. ‘We know that all of the modern day diesels emit between 60 - 70 times more nitrogen dioxide pollution in the real world than they do in the test,’ he said. This was also reported by BBC News.

Volkswagen could face corporate manslaughter charges over rigged diesel emission tests

Daily Mail, 28 October 2015

Volkswagen bosses could held to account for the deaths of thousands of people due to air pollution in the wake of the rigged emission test scandal, Britain's transport minister has said. The article mentions an estimate made by the Environmental Research Group at King’s that nearly 6,000 premature deaths in the UK each year can be linked to diesel emissions. Dr Gary Fuller, of the ERG told the Guardian that the research was a good assessment of the health impacts but it should not be assumed that the numbers could be extrapolated for other parts of the world, such as the UK.

Europe’s Plan to test car emissions are criticised

New York Times, 27 October 2015

EU policy makers are pushing ahead with plans to subject cars to on the road exhaust testing in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal. The article cites the Environmental Research Group’s work which stated that exposure to nitrogen dioxide in London had contributed to 6,000 deaths a year.

Volkswagen accused of funding pro-diesel research that downplayed the health impact of emissions

Daily Mail, 26 October 2015

According to a recent investigation Volkswagen has been providing financial backing to a transport-sector research group that has been downplaying the harmful impact of diesel cars on the general public. Research by King's showed that nearly 9,500 people die early each year in London due to long-term exposure to air pollution, with emissions and particulates from diesel cars, lorries and buses largely responsible. This was also reported by Times

Pollution stunts children's lungs

Sunday Times, 25 October 2015

A study has found that the growth of children's lungs is being stunted by the high levels of air pollution in Britain's cities. Dr Ian Mudway, Environmental Research Group, said: The data shows that traffic pollution stops children's lungs growing properly.This was also reported by Independent and Telegraph.

Are Hydrogen cars the future?

Click BBC World News, October 24 2015,

In a report on the work conducted by the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s, Andrew Grieve, ERG, discussed their research and demonstrated equipment used to monitor air pollution. The particles in the air that we’re really worried about are the ones you can’t see,’ he said. Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, also discussed air pollution in London for Agence France-Presse and Economic Times of India, about a report which found problems associated with air pollution cost the London economy up to £3.7 billion each year.

3,000 schools face threat of toxic diesel

Sunday Times, 11 October 2015

Up to 3,000 British schools are situated in areas with potentially dangerous levels of air pollution. Scientists at King’s found that many schools in London lie in areas where nitrogen dioxide breaches the 40mcg EU limit. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘It is clear that children attending very many schools are breathing polluted air for all those years they are a pupil.’ This was also reported by London Evening Standard and BBC Newsnight.

The health implications of the diesel ‘scandal’

Following the recent reports on Volkswagen and air pollution, Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), argues that breathing air of poor quality can have both short and long-term effects. Professor Kelly said: ‘After many decades of exposure, air pollution can lead to the development of a disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heart disease.’ Dr Martin WilliamsDr Ian Mudway and Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, have also commented on Volkswagen, pollution and anti-pollution masks forGuardianBBCChannel 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, Guardian and BBC.

Pollution, Falls in the elderly, False positives and negatives, Meningitis B and teenagers

BBC Radio 4, 29 September 2015

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, comments on the effects of air pollution on health, where long-term exposure to pollution can exacerbate respiratory conditions and may also affect lung development in young children. Professor Kelly also comments in a BBC article about the health implications of the diesel scandal. Also reported by BBC News

Nitrogen oxides in car exhaust kill tens of thousands in UK

New Scientist, 28 September 2015

A recent report published by the government showed that nitrogen oxides kill up to 23,500 UK citizens prematurely each year. Dr Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group, commented: ‘NO2 correlated with other damage from other emission gases, so its contribution couldn't be disentangled. Now, there's much stronger evidence for independent effects of NO2Also reported by Guardian.

 

Fashionable anti-pollution masks make their debut in the UK

Independent, 26 September 2015

An increasing number of people in London are now investing in surgical-style face masks worn for years by commuters in Asian cities such as Beijing. Commenting on the effectiveness of the masks, Dr Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘To be effective, a mask must be very well fitting otherwise the gases and tiny particles that make up air pollution will just flow around the mask when you breathe in.’ 

VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests means they may be responsible for nearly one million tonnes of air pollution each year. Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, said: Since 2003 scientists have been saying things are not right. It's not just the VW story; this is part of something much bigger. It has a serious public health impact. Many members of Environmental Research Group have been interviewed about this topic including Dr Heather Walton, Professor Frank Kelly and Professor Martin Williams. This was also reported by TelegraphFinancial TimesGuardian, Telegraph, Channel 4, Daily Mail, ITV and Newsnight

17th century child mortality

Channel 4, 20 September 2015

Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, comments on an old register which suggestS that people believed that the teething process was the cause of death of several children. Dr Mudway said: ‘One of the interesting things about the register is the number of deaths due to rickets. We know that it has an effect on bone development, but now we have an understanding that it plays a role in helping us fight infections.’ 

London's low-emission zone fails to improve air quality

New Scientist, 26 August 2015

London's campaign to reduce the city's air pollution has not been as successful as hoped. The scheme was launched in 2008 and its aim was to improve the air quality. Earlier this year, London's mayor confirmed plans to launch an ultra-low emission zone to enforce stricter pollution standards on vehicles. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical Environmental Health, said: If you really want to achieve an improvement in air quality, these vehicles should be banned.

Pollutionwatch: Beware the air we breathe

Guardian, 9 August 2015

Dr Gary Fuller and Dr Heather Walton, Environmental Research Group, have written an article for the Guardian about a study suggesting that in 2010 up to 9,000 Londoners died as a result of air pollution. London is one of the first cities in Europe to assess air pollution and the results highlight the danger Londoners are exposed to. This was also reported more than once by the Guardian

Do pollution masks really work? How cyclists are trying to filter out the filth

Evening Standard, 06 August 2015

More cyclists are using pollution masks in London due to the bad air quality in the city. According to research by King's over 9,000 deaths in 2010 could be attributed to air pollution. Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical Environmental Sciences said: "Masks come in a range of specifications from useless to pretty good for dealing with emission gases like nitrogen dioxide; better masks have activated charcoal filters. For particulate matter, some masks will filter out the larger particles but none will deal well with the ultra fine particles."

 

Legal aid cuts

The Times, 30 July 2015;
Leading academics at KCL have contributed to a letter to The Times about Legal Aid Cuts, published last night online and in the paper today. The letter was signed by the President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, Mr Robert Brown, on behalf of leading academics, medical and legal professionals including:

Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Reader in Forensic Genetics; 
Professor Michael Kopelman, Professor and Group Lead Clinician Neuropsychiatry;
Dr Barbara Daniel, Programme Lead Forensic Science;
Professor Robert Flanagan, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director, Toxicology Unit;
Ms Tracy Alexander, Hon Lecturer Forensic Science.

Schools shut under a cloud of diesel
Sunday Times, 28 June 2015
Two schools in South Yorkshire became the first in Britain to be shut because of air pollution. In London alone, more than 1,100 schools lie within 150 yards of major roads. A few of these have air quality monitors, installed by the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London as part of its air quality network and these confirm there is cause for concern.

Major new study on how to tackle air pollution in the Capital
27 July 2015
The Environmental Research Group at King's College London, leading experts in air quality science, have joined forces with Policy Exchange, the UK's leading think tank. They will produce a major new study into policies that aim to improve air quality in London.

London air pollution

15 July 2015
A new report, published by the Mayor of London, is the world’s first to quantify the health effects of nitrogen dioxide, finding that up to 9,500 people die early each year in London due to long-term exposure to air pollution. This is more than twice as many as previously thought. Report author, Dr Heather Walton,Environmental Research Group, said: The evidence on the health effects of nitrogen dioxide has strengthened in recent years, including evidence linking long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide with mortality.  It is now thought that there is an additional effect beyond that previously quantified for the effects of long-term exposure to PM2.5. This report quantifies the possible maximum size of this additional effect in London in 2010, expressed as loss of life years and equivalent deaths, acknowledging uncertainties such as the contribution from traffic pollutants other than NO2.’ This was reported by the GuardianTimesFinancial Times, i, Sun, Daily MailIndependentITV NewsEvening StandardBloomberg and Washington post.

How diesel fumes give city dwellers old people's skin: Particles from engines make skin come out in blotches

Daily Mail, 13 July 2015;
Diesel fumes from cars in cities can seriously damage your skin, new research has found. Commenting on the study, Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘The possible impacts of pollutants (other than UV radiation and ozone) on skin have not been examined by enough investigators. I’m not aware of any appropriate studies that have been undertaken in a UK city.'

Analytical Methods for Semi-Targeted Screening of Pharmaceuticals and Illicit Drugs in Complex Environmental Samples

In this interesting webinar, Dr Leon Barron, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, uses a number of case studies to demonstrate the semi-targeted screening of contaminants in waste-and river-water, the prediction of chromatographic retention time, and how large datasets can be managed with post-acquisition data-mining.

Road traffic noise can reduce life expectancy
Times of India, 25 June 2015
Research led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with Imperial College London and King's College London found that long-term exposure to road traffic noise may lead to an increased number of heart strokes and deaths.

Road traffic noise linked to deaths and strokes
24 June 2015
Living in an area with noisy road traffic may reduce life expectancy, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. The findings suggest a link between long-term exposure to road traffic noise and deaths, as well as a greater risk of stroke, particularly in the elderly. The research was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in partnership with Imperial College London and King’s College London.

Traffic free days on Regent Street cut pollution by 75%
Evening Standard, 24 June 2015
A series of road closures next month will slash the levels of harmful gas breathed in by shoppers and workers by up to three quarters, reports suggest. A study by Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, found that the day long absence of vehicles cuts pollution levels to those that can be found in the capital’s parks. 

All choked up: did Britain's dirty air make me dangerously ill?
The Guardian, 20 June 2015
Professor Frank Kelly and Drs Ian Mudway and Ben Barratt contribute to an article in the The Guardian by John Vidal.  

Air Pollution in the UK: The public health problem that won't go away
BMJ, 30 May 2015
The government has been accused of a failure to act while drivers of diesel cars, who were encouraged to believe they were doing the environment a favour, are now categorised as polluters in chief. Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical & Environmental Science, said that the science is becoming more robust: 'It has become more pressing to deal with these issues. Meeting the current limits for particulates, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, should be seen as the minimum expectation for public health.'

The great diesel car deception speeding us to a toxic death
Sunday Times, 24 May 2015
Asthma can be triggered by many factors but it is no coincidence that whenever air pollution levels rise, Britain’s hospitals and GPs see a surge of patients with asthma. More than 20 years ago, scientists warned that the growing popularity of diesel vehicles could turn them into one of Europe’s greatest health threats. Professor Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group, said: 'The reason we have a problem with air pollution now is that UK policy has been focused on climate change, and reducing CO2 emissions, to the exclusion of much else, for most of the last two decades. Diesel was seen as a good thing because it produces less CO2, so we gave people incentives to buy diesel cars.'

Tonight: The Air We Breathe
ITV “Tonight” 19 May 2015
Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, will be appearing on ITV Tonight in a programme that investigates why levels of pollution are so high and what’s being done to protect the nation’s health from the air we breathe. Professor Kelly helped to find out what the levels of pollution were for four volunteers around the UK. Three volunteers along with presenter Fiona Foster each carried a personal air quality measuring device with them for a 48 hour period.

Can avocados cut the health risk of smog? Fruit's high levels of vitamin E may help to protect lungs from tiny particles
Daily Mail, 15 May 2015
A new study from King’s College London and Nottingham University has found that higher levels of vitamin E may help protect the lungs from particulates which are tiny particles of smog. Particulate matter is one of the main air pollutants thought to be damaging to human health. Co-author Professor Frank Kelly, Head of the Environmental Research Group, said: 'These new findings are consistent with previous reports which observed lower levels of vitamin E in people with lung conditions such as asthma.'

Link between vitamin E and air pollution 
15 May 2015
A new study from King's and the University of Nottingham has found an association between the amount of vitamin E in the body, exposure to particulate pollution and lung function. The paper adds to growing evidence from previous studies suggesting that some vitamins may play a role in helping to protect the lungs from air pollution. Professor Frank Kelly, Head of the Environmental Research Group and co-author of the study, said: ‘These new findings are consistent with previous reports which observed lower levels of vitamin E in people with lung conditions such as asthma.’

Pollutionwatch: A deadline missed, with deadly consequences
The Guardian, 10 May 2015
Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, has written a piece on how the government has missed the deadline of 2010 to meet European Limits for nitrogen dioxide. Commenting on how the happened, he wrote: 'Over the last 15 years a huge growth in the proportion of diesel vehicles on our roads has compounded the problem. Today, the locations with greatest nitrogen dioxide are close to major roads in urban centres, especially in locations that are dominated by diesel traffic, including the buses, taxis and delivery vehicles that make our cities work.'

Not breathing easy
Economist, 8 May 2015
On April 29 the Supreme Court ordered the next government to come up with a plan by the end of the year to reduce the amount of nitrogen dioxide in the UK. Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, is mentioned in the piece for having said that the health effects of NO2 have not yet been calculated for Britain, but are thought to be as potentially damaging as fine man-made particulate matter.

Limits on air pollution
BBC Radio 5 Live, 29 April 2015
The Supreme Court has ruled that the government should speed up efforts to limit certain types of air pollution. Client Earth brought up the case after air quality records continued to break EU standards for Nitrogen Dioxide. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: 'We haven’t managed to clean up the exhausts that comes from diesel vehicles as well as we planned. You would hope that policy would be reactive.' Also reported by BBC London Drivetime.

Britain's chocking problem seeks a breather
Deccan Herald, 24 April 2015
Discussing the recent air pollution to hit the UK, this article looks at the movement of pollution across the country and Europe. Dr Benjamin Barratt, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said that the problem is worst in urban areas and is both chronic and serious: ‘We can’t solve the problem merely by reacting to every episode – we need to change our behaviour every day because it’s the long-term exposure that matters for your health.’

Experimenting at home with air quality monitors,
International New York Times, 16 April 2015
Levels of pollution in cities vary in different areas and consequently residents’ exposure can differ considerably. Research conducted by Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group, is mentioned in the piece, particularly his use of portable monitors to study how pollution affects people living in sky-scrapers in Hong Kong.

Pollutionwatch: Groundhog spring
The Guardian, 12 April 2015
The latest in Dr. Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Air Pollution
10 April 2015
Last Friday, London was blanketed by high levels of air pollution, with runners practicing for the forthcoming London Marathon warned to stay inside. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, was quoted in the Sun saying: 'I wouldn't go for a jog when it's like this. You are breathing in litres of air every minute.' Dr David Green, Environmental Research Group, was interviewed on Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live on the issue of air pollution. He said: ‘We’re dealing with particle pollution at the moment. Particles come from a number of sources, both natural and man-made. Predominantly during this episode we expect the pollution to come from vehicles, industry and agriculture in the UK and Europe.’ Also reported by BBC News .

Air pollution warning
10 April 2015
Discussing the areas that will be most affected by the high levels of air pollution on BBC Radio 4 PMBen Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: 'This is what I call a blanket of air pollution, so it depends on where the pollution has been and where it is going. It looks at the moment like the forecast is going up through the centre of the UK, with perhaps a little bit catching the South East.' Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, commented on the high levels of pollution in London. He told BBC London 94.9: 'This type of pollution can cause up to eight per cent of early deaths in some central London boroughs. People with existing cardiovascular or respiratory conditions should certainly take this seriously and reduce strenuous exercise outside.' Also reported by BBC London News, Evening Standard LondonBBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition and BBC Radio 5 Live Daily.

High level of air pollution
19 March 2015
Britain is on alert as high levels of air pollution are expected in parts of the UK. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group, was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast and said: 'Tuesday was the worst day so far this week. We had sites across the UK measuring up to level nine. In London we had a few sites in London measuring level 10, which is the highest for particulates.' Also reported by Guardian, Daily Mirror and BBC Radio Coventry.

Real-time pollution monitoring website lets Londoners choose least-polluted routes
Xinhua News agency, 13 March 2015
A new site has been launched by the Environmental Research Group at King’s, which will allow commuters to plan their journeys to work to avoid air pollution blackspots. The site, www.breathelondon.org maps air pollution levels in all the areas of London in real-time. Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘Even a change from walking or cycling along a main road to taking a back street would reduce exposure. One of the benefits allows individuals to make their own choices about coping with air pollution.’ Also reported in China.org

Have diesel cars been unfairly demonised for air pollution?
The Guardian, 11 March 2015
A new campaign by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) claims modern diesel engines are clean and have reduced emissions, but some experts have said that the car makers are greenwashing the figures. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said: 'In the absence of a real-world test we have to question these figures because history shows us that past performance has not delivered.' Also reported by BBC News and BBC London.

Pollutionwatch: Fumes from the farms
The Guardian,8 March 2015
The latest in Dr. Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Keep an eye on your city's pollution in real time
New Scientist, 19th February 2015
High definition cameras are letting residents monitor the air pollution in their cities online, and in real time. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, was quoted discussing the cameras saying: "The reason that the smog in Beijing is so notorius is people can see the pollution".   

Pollutionwatch: A good riddance to lead- but what are we breathing now
The Guardian, 8 February 2015
The latest in Dr. Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

The great Car Con
Channel 4 Dispatches, 26 January 2015
Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group,  discussed the threat posed by particulate matter which he described as lethal. He said this is ‘now linked with the early deaths of 29,000 people across the UK. That's a rather substantial figure because the only other figure which beats it is the one associated with active smoking'.    

Labour's drive towards diesel cars causing 'massive public health problem', admits shadow Environment Minister
Independent, 25 January 2015
According to Barry Gardiner, shadow Environment Minister,  the drive by the previous Labour government to encourage millions of Britons to opt for diesel cars in a bid to save the planet was a 'massive problem for public health'. Last year more than half of all new cars sold were diesel which emit a higher amount of deadly pollutants than cars that run on petrol – including nitrogen dioxide. Professor Frank Kelly, Director, Environmental Research Group, discussed how car drivers are exposed to higher levels of diesel pollutants than cyclists and pedestrians. He said: 'When people are in cars if they have got windows closed and the air conditioning on, they probably think that they are actually immune from the emissions from the vehicles in front of them and in reality that’s not the case because the gases penetrate so easily that they will get into the cabin of the vehicle and depending on the ventilation of that cabin they may actually build up to much higher concentrations'  

The DNA photofit: Amazing breakthrough means police can tell suspect's colour, height and even age – from a tiny speck of blood
Following a major DNA breakthrough, police are now able to build up a detailed picture of a suspect from the smallest drop of blood left at a crime scene. The new advances mean that detectives will now know the race, age and gender of the suspect, even if there were no eyewitnesses at the scene. Dr  Denise Syndercombe-Court, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, was quoted in Daily Mail saying: 'The new technologies raise the possibility that we won't need an actual eyewitness to a crime in order to produce a picture of how the suspect looks.'
Also reported by Times, Sun, Daily StarBBC Radio 94.9, and Daily Mirror

Pollutionwatch: Please don't keep the home fires burning
The Guardian, 11 January 2015
The latest in Dr. Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Environmental science: Pollution patrol
Nature, 7 January 2015
Article looking at how there is a new wave of personal sensor which are giving people the ability to monitor the air they breathe. Dr Ben Barratt, Analytical and Environmental Sciences,  was quoted on the complexity of monitoring air pollution. He said: 'Monitoring air-pollution levels is far more involved than the manufacturers and suppliers of cheap sensor suggest'.

Media Coverage 2014

Pollutionwatch: Big ships, bigger stink

The Guardian, 28 December 2014

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences,  has written a piece on the environmental effects of shipping, which, despite being more energy efficient than road or air transport, still contributes significantly to pollution levels. He wrote: 'Growth in shipping and increasingly stringent controls on land-based pollution sources mean ship pollution is set to grow as a proportion of our pollution exposure.'Autism link to air pollution raisedBBC News, 18 December 2014Scientists have suggested that there may be a link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy, following findings showing high levels of pollution had been linked to a doubling of autism in their study of 1,767 children. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the study. He said: 'Women should be made aware of the potential links so they don't get excessive exposure'

Wood-fired stoves fuel city pollution

Sunday Times, 14 December 2014

A team of researchers from Kings has found that burning wood generates particulates that can trigger heart attacks and lung complaints, as well as causing long term damage to health. The lead researcher, Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: 'Although the apparent carbon neutrality of wood-burning may make it appear environmentally friendly there is growing evidence of adverse health effects from wood smoke.' Also reported by Daily Mail

Saying "non" to NOxNewScientist, 13 December 2014

Paris is looking at plans to ban pollutant-emitting diesel cars from its streets in six years' time. Professor Frank Kelly,  Environmental Research Group, is mentioned in the piece discussing how diesel emissions are a major source of pollution in a number of European cities. 

Paris says 'non' to diesel in anti-pollution push

NewScientist, 9 December 2014

It has been reported that Paris may ban diesel cars from its streets in six years' time, in a bid to reduce heart and lung disease linked with breathing in nitrogen oxides from the air. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, is quoted in the piece saying: 'If clean air is the objective, finding alternatives to diesel vehicles needs to be a priority.'

Pollutionwatch: No fire without smoke

The Guardian, 7 December 2014 

Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences, has written a piece on how air pollution from fireworks causes substantial pollution problems. Discussing Guy Fawkes Night this year, he wrote: 'Air pollution reached the top level of 10 on the UK scale across the West Midlands, Merseyside, Manchester and Yorkshire. For the West Midlands this was the most polluted day since March 2013".

Something in the air

China Daily, 19 November 2014

Medical experts have warned that more than one in 10 children in Hong Kong could now suffer from asthma. Professor Frank Kelly,Environmental Research Group, told a Hong Kong audience that air pollution stunted the growth of children's lungs.

Doping bans

Sky News, 12 November 2014

Professor David Cowan,Director of King's Drug Control Centre,was interviewed about the state of drug testing in the UK, following reports that a third of UK sports people serving doping bans are rugby players.

Boris Johnson admits London's Oxford Street is one of world's most polluted

The Guardian, 13 November 2014

Dr David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, was quoted in relation to air pollution levels on Oxford Street.

Skin and the City: how to avoid a polluted complexion

London Evening Standard, 12 November 2014

Professor Frank Kelly commented for article in the London Evening Standard.

Pollutionwatch: When will exhaust tests get real?The Guardian, 9 November 2014

The latest in Dr.Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Pollutionwatch: Fine weather – with added particulates and SO2The Guardian, 12 October 2014

The latest in Dr.Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Air pollution slows growth of children's lungs, says UK studySouth China Morning News, 6 October 2014

Following the release of a six-year study indicating that children exposed to nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter have slower lung growth, medical experts are calling for more action to clean the UK's air. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, was quoted saying that a child could lose as much as 165ml of lung volume under high-level exposure to nitrogen dioxide.

World Pollutionwatch: A breath of not-so-fresh air

The Guardian, 28 September 2014

The latest in Dr.Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Air Pollution

BBC News London, 10 September 2014

Boris Johnson has faced a committee of MPs to explain why the capital regularly fails to reach EU standards. According to Public Health England, air pollution is responsible for the premature deaths of nearly 3500 people in London each year. The report mentions research by King's that has found that emissions have been reduced by 3 per cent over the last six years. Also reported by BBC News

Pollution is worse in your car than on street

Sunday Times, 7 September 2014

According to a new King's study, car and taxi users are being exposed to air pollution levels inside their vehicles that are higher than those on the roads that they're driving along. The researchers equipped five MPs with devices to measure airborne pollution levels and to show in which parts of London they were exposed to the highest doses. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, discussed the recent study. He said: 'Our monitoring equipment showed that people in vehicles were far more exposed to air pollution than they would be walking.'

London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure? - video

The Guardian, 12 August 2014

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.

Pollutionwatch: Masks can help - but not enough

The Guardian, 10 August 2014

The latest in Dr. Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Diesel drivers set to pay an extra £10 in London in plans drawn up by mayor Boris Johnson to curb pollution

Daily Mail, 29 July 2014

Drivers of diesel cars face financial penalties to curb air pollution in city centres.

Diesel cars face £10 charge for driving into central London

BBC News, 29 July 2014

Plans to charge drivers of diesel cars about £10 to drive into central London are being considered.

Diesel drivers to be penalised in drive to cut air pollution

The Telegraph, 29 July 2014

Drivers of diesel powered vehicles could face new charges and higher taxes to encourage them to switch to cleaner vehicles and lower pollution levels

Increase diesel taxes to fight pollution, say Boris Johnson and green groups

The Guardian, 29 July 2014

Green campaigners, pollution experts and the mayor of London have called on government to increase taxes on diesel fuel to tackle dirty air in UK cities.

Diesel drivers may face higher costs in pollution battle

The Guardian, 29 July 2014

Drivers in London with vehicles fuelled by diesel will be charged an additional fee similar to the existing £11.50 congestion charge, if proposals by the mayor Boris Johnson are accepted.

Diesel drivers face new charges to cut pollution

The Times, 29 July 2014

Cities scramble to comply with Brussels clean air rules

Pollutionwatch: Still better by bike

The Guardian, 13 July 2014

The latest in Dr. Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

20 best Android apps and games this week

The Guardian, 7 July 2014

An app developed by the Environmental Research Group has been listed in the Guardian's top 20 Android apps and games this week. The app, City Air, informs Londoners about likely air quality across the capital and offers tips on how to reduce exposure and emissions.

Oxford Street worst in the world for diesel pollution

Sunday Times, 6 July 2014

Dr David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, was quoted in relation to air pollution levels on Oxford Street. He said: ‘To my knowledge this [level] is the highest in the world in terms of both hourly and annual mean. NO2 concentrations [in Oxford Street] are as high as they have ever been in the long history of air pollution.’

Pollutionwatch: The world's dirtiest cities

The Guardian, 1 July 2014

The latest in Dr. Gary Fuller's pollution watch series for Guardian website.

Is air pollution poisoning your body?

Daily Mail, 27 May 2014

A health feature on the effects of air pollution on our bodies mentions a study conducted by Good Health and King's which found that, while black carbon levels  in London where well below the WHO and EU recommended maximum limits,regular exposure and even this level can have adverse health effects.

Clean air in cities, what's behind the smoke screen?

Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2014

An article discussing the impact of diesel emissions mentions research by King's in 2013.

Have you got the commuter cough?

London Evening Standard,, 21 May 2014

An article reporting the health effects of pollution in the warmer weather quotes Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, who said: ‘When it gets warmer, usually the wind dies down too so less pollution is moved out of the city.’

London put on smog alert as temperatures rise

ITV News,19 May 2014

With the weekend seeing the hottest temperatures of the year so far, this piece comments on the smog risk in London. It mentions that researchers from King's said air from parts of Europe will move across the capital, bringing with it ‘industrial and urban emissions’.

Ditch diesel cars to save London lives

London Evening Standard,, 6 May 2014

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, is quoted in this piece calling for a reduction in diesel cars on the capital's roads in order to reduce the death toll from breathing in polluted air. He said: ‘To cut pollution we must reduce traffic and ensure that what remains on the road is cleaner.’ Research from King’s which has found that diesel cars emit up to four times more nitrogen oxides than official tests have indicated was reported in relation to this by the Times.

Frank Kelly: We have to get to grips with London’s filthy air

London Evening Standard,, 6 May 2014

Our appalling air quality isn’t due to lack of attention by professionals or lack of awareness in government.

Switch to diesel cars 'costs 7,000 lives every year': Toxic fumes blamed for health crisis

London Evening Standard,, 30 April 2014

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said that government ministers have created a public health crisis by promoting diesel cars. Diesel engines – championed since the 1970s because they were thought to emit fewer greenhouse gases – could responsible for more than 7,000 deaths a year in Britain. Professor Kelly said: ‘We have had a vast penetration of diesel vehicles into the transport sector. Diesel drives all our buses, drives all our taxis and drives one in two of the cars on the road.’

Call for higher tax on ‘deadly’ diesel

The Times, 30 April 2014

Diesel should be taxed at a higher rate than petrol and older diesel cars should be banned from cities to help prevent thousands of premature deaths, according to a government adviser on air pollution.

Diesel engine pollution linked to early deaths and costs NHS billions

The Guardian, 29 April 2014

Diesel engines in buses, vans, cars and trains may be responsible for thousands of premature deaths a year and cost the NHS billions of pounds, say air pollution health experts.

Air Pollution media coverage

Various media channels, 11 April 2014

Following the widespread media coverage on air pollution, staff members from the Environmental Research Group at King's College London were interviewed by all the major media channels.


WHO: Pollution kills 7 million people every year

Daily Mail, 25 March 2014

Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday. "We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid," said Prof. Frank Kelly, director of the Environmental Research Group at King's College London, who was not part of the WHO report.

China's anti-smog drive

CNC International,, 11 March 2014

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, is interviewed in a programme on China’s air pollution problem. He discussed London’s attempts to tackle air pollution: ‘London has been doing a very large experiment of applying dust suppressants to roads, a chemical called calcium magnesium acetate. It means that some of the pollutants stick to the roads rather than being suspended in the air.’ Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, was interviewed on the same topic by CCTV (China).

 

UK faces £300m fine over failure to meet air pollution targets by 2010 

Independent, 21 February 2014
Responding to reports that the European Commission is to take legal action against Britain over high levels of air pollution, Dr Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group, said air quality in the UK is ‘not good enough’ and is ‘having an effect on all of our health.’ Dr Barratt was also interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live. Item starts at 1.44.45.

 

Air pollution: how big a problem is it for cyclists? 

Guardian, 20 February 2014

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, comments on the dangers caused by diesel engines in urban areas. He said: 'People should be worrying about diesel traffic and particle exposure, and also about nitrogen dioxide. The thing about these is they haven’t really improved in urban areas for the last decade or so. We’ve managed to clean up air pollution emissions in terms of nitrogen dioxide from petrol cars.'

 

Air pollution 

BBC Radio 4 Inside Health, 18 February 2014

A landmark European study published last month found a link between invisible particles of soot and heart attacks. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented: 'Increased risk was relatively small (5-10 per cent) but it's still a risk and there's 45,000 people dying from heart attacks in the UK every year.' Item begins at 20.33.

 

Martin gets on his bike to test air pollution 

ITV New s, 17 January 2014

Dr Ben BarrattEnvironmental Research Group, helped ITV presenter Martin Stew to measure and explore the levels of pollution he is exposed to during his daily cycling commute. Dr Barratt took an alternative, less congested route, and found that this significantly reduced the levels of pollution he was exposed to during the cycle. Dr Barratt was also interviewed by Radio 4 Todayon the topic of air pollution, particularly in relation to the risk of heart attacks.

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