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 […]
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 at home.
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 at work. Noise is on the increase in our society and this leaflet explains what steps you can take if you are disturbed by noise, and to reduce the noise you make.
Noise from neighbours is a common source of disturbance. The most frequent complaints are about barking dogs, loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and DIY activities. Remember that no house or flat is totally soundproof. We must all live within the
constraints of our individual properties. Garages and gardens tend to offer minimal sound insulation so these can have a greater effect on neighbours. Everyone can expect some noise from the people who live around them.
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 use is exempt.