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How is pollution affecting our health?

The UK is among six EU member states referred to Europe’s highest court this month over a failure to clean up “significant and persistent” air pollution. So how bad is the problem and what impact is it having on our health? FT Science editor Clive Cookson put these questions to a panel of experts at a recent FT event in London. He spoke to Laurie Laybourn-Langton of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, Dr Ian Mudway, from the Environmental Research Group at King's College London and Darran Messem of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership.

More than 8,000 people call on Sadiq Khan to launch London's first-ever 'Car Free Day'

More than 8,000 people have backed a petition calling on Sadiq Khan to launch London’s first ever ‘Car Free Day’.

As part of a drive to cut air pollution in the capital, nearly 100 organisations have urged the Mayor of London to ban private cars on September 22.  An open letter was sent this week to Mr Khan by groups including Friends of the Earth, environment law firm ClientEarth, King's College London researchers and neighbourhood forums across 15 London boroughs.

‘Game changer’: UK scientists develop a planet-friendly sun cream made from seaweed

A new kind of sunscreen has been made from seaweed that is at least as effective as existing lotions. Professor Antony Young said this research was a ‘potential gamechanger’.

Revealed: The top 10 air pollution hotspots in the UK

King's College London is mentioned in an article in CITYA.M. about the top 10 UK air pollution hotspots.

 

London Marathon: Figures show massive 89 per cent drop in air pollution

Air pollution fell by almost 90 per cent on a road closed for the London Marathon, according to King’s air pollution monitoring. The Daily Mail, London Evening Standard and Huffington Post mentioned the finding in articles.

It's not just the oceans: Microplastic pollution is all around us

Professor Frank Kelly, contributed to a CNN article titled, "It's not just the oceans: Microplastic pollution is all around us"

Earth Day: Technology designed to clean air in schools and hospitals trialled in London 'pollution pods'

Dr Ian Mudway commented in the Independent on the use of technology to "fix" the problem of air pollution.

Artist's 'pollution pods' highlight global air quality problem

A Reuters article on an installation by artist Michael Pinksy made up of five geodesic domes, emulating polluted environments in cities globally mentions King’s research on the impact of pollution.

Why we should worry about plastic in the air

Professor Frank Kelly wrote an article in the Daily Mail, titled "Why we should worry about plastic in the air".

 

Should I worry about air pollution?

Professor Frank Kelly and Dr Ben Barratt contributed to an episode of "Trust me I'm a Doctor" for BBC Two titled "Should I worry about air pollution?