Both commercial aviation and ground transportation have been severely restricted, which has led to important reductions in environmental noise levels. Some studies suggest a reduction of 8 decibels in ambient noise due to lockdown. This significant reduction in transport related noise has changed urban soundscapes, making natural sounds more audible
Strategic noise maps are a requirement of the Environmental Noise Directive, and have been used by transport authorities, planners and academics to inform an understanding of noise and its impacts on health and quality of life.
PFAS are used in a wide variety of consumer products and industrial applications because of their unique chemical and physical properties. Increasing awareness of the widespread presence of PFAS in environmental media and biota has heightened concerns about their potential risks to human health and the environment.
Dr Tom Henman examines the risk of carbon dioxide arising from former coal workings and the implications for development. He makes reference to the Gorebridge incident in Scotland and looks at the issues caused by former mining.
Nick Molden muses the conundrum with plug in hybrid cars. Are they a rapid and practical route to carbon dioxide
reduction, or a uncontrollable and expensive diversion from other more promising types of powertrain?
Dr Ian Mudway presents new research on health impacts with a focus on the brain. These impacts are felt across the life course, from associations with developmental neurological disorders, to poor cognitive development in childhood, adverse mental health throughout life and ultimately dementia risk in later life.
Professor Tom Burke, Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London and Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, discusses his view on the future of environmental policy in the UK.
William Wilson’s session sets out some reflections on key issues for the climate negotiations at
COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. 2020 is a key year in the timetable for climate
negotiations, when the Parties to the Paris Agreement for Climate Change are due to submit
more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions, and their plans to reduce emissions of
greenhouse gases. Scientists suggest that the window for achieving Paris Agreement targets is
closing rapidly, while worldwide evidence of the effects of climate change increases. The politics
of climate negotiations are further complicated by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,
with recovery packages of many trillions of dollars liable to set the course for future fossil fuel
use, worldwide moves to support a ‘Green Recovery from COVID’, and big shifts towards an
energy transition. With a national legal commitment to achieve ’net zero’ emissions by 2050
and Chairmanship of COP 26, the UK has claimed the high ground in addressing these issues,
and now needs to deliver.
By : Professor Barbara Maher, Lancaster University
November 9, 2020
Exposure to metal-rich, ultrafine particulate air pollution: a possible risk factor for neurodegenerative disease. Professor Barbara Maher, Centre for Environmental Magnetism & Palaeomagnetism, Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster
In January 2012 EPUK transfered it’s archive documents to the Wellcome Library in London. The collection covers the period 1847 to 2011 with many 1,000’s of documents. The Wellcome Library is free to join and is open to everyone. A link to join and use the Library is given below The catalgue of EPUK documents […]
This new brochure is intended for people who use and/or store petrol at home. It gives some general advice on how to store small quantities of petrol safely for private use in motor vehicles, lawn mowers, generators and other domestic machinery. It sets out what is safe and legal when it comes to keeping petrol […]
This brochure explains how biomass boilers can affect air quality, and what this means for the planning process for developments containing a biomass boiler or combined heat and power unit. Included are what pollutants do biomass boilers produce, the regulation of biomass boilers, planning application/s and what types of biomass boilers are there plus links […]
There has been increased publicity recently over the potential to grow food on ‘under-used land’, such as urban green spaces and derelict land. This brochure has, therefore, been produced to explain the potential health risks of growing edible crops on such areas of land where the condition of the soil may not be known. The […]
Sound is essential to our daily lives, but noise which can be defined as unwanted sound is not always essential. It is a source of irritation and stress for many people and can even damage our hearing if it is loud enough. Many of us are exposed to stressful levels of noise at home and […]
Under the Clean Air Act 1993 local authorities can declare the whole or part of their district to be a Smoke Control Zone. This means that it is an offence to cause smoke from a chimney, and for any person or company to obtain or deliver unauthorised fuel to a building, unless the appliance in […]
This brochure has been prepared for homeowners and people looking at buying or selling a property, where land contamination has been identified as a potential issue. The brochure explains what is contaminated land, what are the risks, brownfield developments plus environmental searches. 6 pages, DL, July 2014. EPUK members may use any of our Information […]
Artificial light is essential in our modern society. It has many uses including illumination of streets, roads and hazardous areas; for security lighting; to increase the hours of usage for outdoor sports and recreation facilities, to enhance the appearance of buildings at night. The increased use of lighting, however, can cause problems. Light in the […]
Includes sections on: What can you do? Are there alternatives to legal Action?; Mediation; Sound insulation; Action by the Council; Taking your own action and Anti-Social Behaviour – includes the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014. Printed copies are available to purchase. 6 pages, DL, March 2014 £16.50 per 100 copies inclusive of postages If […]