The truth about diesel cars – open letter

Posted on December 11th, 2015

Today, 24 leading air quality practitioners and researchers from 10 countries publish an open letter warning of the dangers of not strengthening legislation around diesel emissions. Timed to coincide with discussions in the European Parliament Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) next week, this letter to the European public and policy makers highlights the public health risks associated with diesel. Diesel cars contribute to the early death of 29,000 people…

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EFRA select committee consultation response

Posted on November 26th, 2015

The IAQM has recently submitted evidence to an inquiry of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee on Defra’s role in tackling air quality. The committee wished to investigate how effectively the Department’s plans, including Clean Air Zones, will reduce nitrogen dioxide limits to comply with EU limit values, but also how well Defra is leading work to tackle air pollution more widely. In this response, the…

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Consultation Response to Draft Air Quality Plans

Posted on November 9th, 2015

The IAQM has recently responded to a Defra’s Air Quality Action Plans. The consultation sought views on draft plans to improve air quality. The IAQM proposes that the test to be applied to the draft plans should be “whether the UK Government is proposing new and improved measures that will meet this requirement of achieving compliance as quickly as possible in all zones.” They point out that “With all the evidence…

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Chair’s Column – October 2015

Posted on October 5th, 2015

As we approach our AGM on 12 November and the ‘Routes to Clean Air’ conference on 22-23 October, it seems a good time to share some of my thoughts with you and bring you up to date with our activities.  Not least because my three-year term as your Chairman is nearing its end.  It has been a privilege to serve the IAQM in this capacity and I am pleased with…

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Resources from Habitats Directive – Ecological Impact Assessment Meeting

Posted on July 29th, 2015

The Habitats Directive: Ecological Impact Assessment Discussion Meeting raised the question ‘is new guidance required to assist professionals?’ [View the story “Habitats Directive: Air Quality & Ecological Impact Assessment” on Storify]

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