UK Supreme Court Orders Immediate Government Action on Air Quality

On April 29th, the Finacial Times reported on the British Supreme Court judgement ordering government to submit plans to immediately curb air pollution. Over a year on now the government has failed. Air pollution and fatalities from it are rising. 50,000 people die from it each year in Great Britain.

https://www.ft.com/content/e25c9262-ee51-11e4-88e3-00144feab7de

This in spite of Supreme Court judges unanimously ruling that the "government, whatever its political complexion, should be left in no doubt as to the need for immediate action to address this issue."

Ignorance of this preventable issue is now clearly the biggest scandal of our times, as the Air Pollution Pandemic is killing more people world wide than Malaria and AIDs combined.

But together, united we can stop this for good and save Britain and the world at large.

Air Pollution Will Kill 200,000 People in the UK in the Next Five Years

The Mirror newspaper carried a story in April 2016 that most missed. This should have been front page news. Air Pollution is set to kill 200,000 people in Britain in next five years.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/air-pollution-kill-200000-people-7784882

A year ago from that article in April 2015 Supreme Court judges had ruled that government ministers should be in doubt for the need of immediate action on the issue.

http://www.clientearth.org/government-ministers-ignoring-ruling-on-air-pollution/

That too should have been front page news, maybe then the government would not have ignored it. Really how could most of us have missed something as important as that?

Scientific Evidence Links Air Pollution to Autism and Schizophrenia in Children

A mice study in 2014 by the University of Rochester Medical Centre published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found links between exposure air pollution at early age can lead to damaging effects on the brain.

The mice study followed a 2013 study in JAMA Psychiatry that had reported children who in their first year lived in areas of high traffic-related air pollution were three times as likely to develop autism.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140605155722.htm

Toxic Air Pollution Particles Found in the Brain Can Cause Alzheimer's

In September 2016 CNN carried a story on report by Lancaster University in Britain titled "Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain"

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/06/health/air-pollution-inside-the-brain/

These toxic air pollution particles according to British scientists could cause Alzheimer's.

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2016/toxic-air-pollution-nanoparticles-discovered-in-the-human-brain/

  

MP Report: 50,000 People in Britain Killed Each Year from Air Pollution

An April 2016 report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee says "50,000 people a year are dying early from air pollution-related illnesses."

An estimated 40,000 British civilians died in World War II, air pollution now kills more civilians in one year. Would we have stood still in World War II? Why do we do so now? Together we can stop air pollution for good.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/news-parliament-2015/air-quality-report-published-15-16/

Air Pollution is Killing Our Pets

A 2011 study compared the brains of dogs living in heavily polluted parts of Mexico city to dogs in less polluted cities. The study found "increased inflammation and pathology including amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, clumps of proteins that serve as a primary marker for Alzheimer's disease in humans."

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/news/does-air-pollution-affect-our-furry-friends

Air pollution is also linked to a risk in tumors and pet deaths resulting from causes including cardiac arrest.

http://www.mothersandothersforcleanair.org/documents/AirPollution&Animals2011.pdf

Pregnant Women Give Birth to Low Weight Babies From Air Pollution

On 28 April 2015, the Independent newspaper carried a story that a study of pregnant women before, during and after the 2008 Beijing Olympics found that babies born to mothers in last month of pregnancy during the strict air pollution controls around the Olympic Games were 23 grams heavier.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/women-breathing-high-levels-of-air-pollution-during-last-month-of-pregnancy-more-likely-to-give-10210842.html

Nitrogen Air Pollution 'Damaging Europe's Wildlife Havens'

 

In April 2011, in a report by European Union scientists lead by Dr Kevin Hicks of the University of York's Stockholm Environment Institute said that this "ignored problem" was damaging 60% of prime wildlife sites in Europe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13094597

Our wildlife is under threat from nitrogen emissions from cars and factories. Dr. Hicks said in the Peak District the reactive nitrogen that fell on this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty had already lead to a demonstrably low range of species as a result.