Clare Taylor's Blog (10)

The slow drive for better air quality

At long last it’s starting to happen, but so, so slowly – general recognition of our right to breathe clean air and that we are not able to do so. Our air quality is illegal; our air quality is killing people – 40,000 early deaths every year. Here in London, which falls way down the air quality league table of European capital cities, the main contributor to pollution is transport.

 

The pressure started with Client Earth, whose UK offices are in Hackney, successfully taking…

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Added by Clare Taylor on May 22, 2018 at 10:39 — No Comments

Air quality in the news

Air quality has been in the news again over the past few weeks, and for all the wrong reasons - again. Brixton Road in London breached its limit for nitrogen dioxide for the entire year at the end of January. The very slightly less bad news is that this first breach was a little later than previous years, when sites in London have breached limits in the first week.
Other news is that Friday, 9 February was the deadline for the UK to avoid legal action by the European Commission…
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Added by Clare Taylor on February 11, 2018 at 18:25 — No Comments

Another legal challenge on air quality

ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation with a base in Hackney, are keeping after the Government to improve the UK's illegal air quality, launching a third legal challenge.

They are asking for the current inadequate plans to be supplemented to ensure they will achieve what's needed, and are asking for donations to help fight the case.

In addition, they are asking for signatures to a petition to end poisoned playgrounds, after revealing that more than 950 UK schools are…

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Added by Clare Taylor on November 13, 2017 at 15:12 — No Comments

UK Government releases ‘weak’ air quality plans

The Government have now released their new air quality plans, and local law firm ClientEarth, who forced them to finally deliver the plans, are not impressed. Their website carries the following statement:

Reacting to today’s air quality plans from the UK Government, ClientEarth CEO James Thornton said: “We are continuing to study the government’s …

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Added by Clare Taylor on May 5, 2017 at 15:09 — No Comments

The rise in three-weekly waste collections

An interesting article by Peter Jones on Isonomia on what's behind the rise in three-weekly collections: the cuts in council budgets and the decisions that have to be made about what's going to give. http://www.isonomia.co.uk/?p=4781

Added by Clare Taylor on March 2, 2017 at 15:23 — No Comments

Confused about recycling? You’re not alone

I meet a lot of people in my work who ask me if they can recycle this or that, or which bin they should put something in, and are embarrassed to be asking. The general feeling is that we all ought to know. But, actually, recycling is very confusing.

Generally, the question isn’t really whether something can be recycled, but whether it will be collected for…

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Added by Clare Taylor on January 10, 2017 at 10:51 — No Comments

Could do better, but progress being made

The statistics recently published on gov.uk showed that last year nearly a quarter of all electricity generated in the UK (24.6%) came from renewable sources – more than from coal (which is just over a fifth). It’s the first time that renewables have overtaken coal. Good news to an extent, but it’s still not growing fast enough and the UK is looking likely to miss the 2020 energy target.

 

Figures have also been published for the first quarter of this year, showing growth…

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Added by Clare Taylor on August 2, 2016 at 17:34 — No Comments

Quick clothes repair tips

For anyone looking for tips on how to repair things like ripped pockets, broken bra underwires and detached belt loops, WRAP have new webpages:http://loveyourclothes.org.uk/care-repair 

Could save money and favourite clothes.

Added by Clare Taylor on June 14, 2016 at 14:31 — No Comments

What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?

A very clever satirical short sketch by Patrick Stewart and friends, well worth watching, on the Guardian website: http://bit.ly/1SngsGF

Added by Clare Taylor on April 28, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

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