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A ‘furious driver’ comments in the Daily Mail on diesel taxes and cites an estimate by Professor Frank Kelly that states diesel engines could be responsible for a quarter of the 29,000 premature deaths in Britain attributed to air pollution. Professor Kelly also comments on this story on the Today programme(01.16.00).
Residents near Highbury Fields in Islington have called on a ban on barbecuing in public parks because of the impact it may have on air pollution. The residents completed the study using monitoring equipment from King’s. This was also reported by the Times and the Guardian.
Professor Frank Kelly discussed in the London Evening Standard Sadiq Khan’s new plans to introduce a charge for vehicles which emit the most toxic fumes. ‘The new Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s, announcement…is very welcome news,’.
Professor Frank Kelly comments on whether new world emissions tests will help reduce diesel emissions in the guardian.
Professor Frank Kelly comments on research which claims that diesel fumes damage the brains of inner-city children.
Professor David Phillips, Genetic & Environmental Toxicology Group, Analytical & Environmental Sciences Division was interviewed for the BBC 1 programme Food; Truth or Scare, looking at the cancer risk from red and processed meat.
Professor Phillips was interviewed as part of the programme's investigation into whether we should really be giving up bacon and sausages, after new research suggested they're bad for us. The programme also explored why eggs, for years demonised as unhealthy, are now firmly back in fashion and apparently now about as healthy as you can get. Could butter or dripping be next?
The article focuses on air pollution and how people can decrease the amount of toxic air to which they are exposed. Dr Ben Barratt, King's College London, said: ‘There is a growing awareness of the dangers of air pollution. As well as respiratory problems, it can have effects on mental health, cardiovascular conditions and child development. So the urgency behind this issue is becoming much greater.’
Dr Mireille Toledano provides comments for an article in the Independent titled "Is there a place on your body that you shouldn't put your phone?"
The Non-Communicable Disease Forum at Imperial College held on 19th November 2015 was led by Imperial’s Dr John Gulliver and heard from members of the NIHR HPRU HIEH and MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health.
Professor Frank Kelly talked about air pollution challenges in mega cities and Dr Sean Beevers discussed the London Hybrid Exposure Model.
An exercise by Ben Barratt of King's College London, the Healthy Air Campaign, and Camden council used members of the public to track exposure to air pollution in London. See video for details.