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Healthcare clean up of urban enviornment means tackling pollution at source

“Provision of accurate, personal air quality information to the individual is within our grasp in some major cities such as London, where there is knowledge of air pollution at a relatively fine scale,” says Professor Frank Kelly of King’s College London in a recent article in the Financial Times.

DNA study lays bare devastating damage caused by smoking

Professor David Phillips is a co-author on the first comprehensive study into the damage tobacco inflicts on human cells.

Dr Anna Hansell interviewed on BBC2 Newsnight

On the 17th October, Dr. Anna Hansell, Assistant Director of Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), Imperial College London was interviewed on BBC2 Newsnight.

The interview was part of a news item by David Grossman, Technology Editor, on how to respond to diesel emissions and reduce air pollution, above all in London and air quality monitoring- in particular nitrogen dioxide.

Shirley Rodrigues and the Air Pollution Emergency

An article in the New India Times discussing pollution in London mentions research by King's Environmental Research Group.

" Sadiq Khan has named Shirley Rodrigues as deputy mayor for environment and energy.  Rodrigues is tasked with leading London's ambitious plans to seek solutions to chronic air pollution. Her new boss says this toxic air health emergency causes around 10,000 city residents to die each year. According to findings by Kings College, the shopping district around Oxford Street has the world's highest nitrogen dioxide levels, caused by diesel fumes. 

Enough to make you choke

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).

Barbecues make popular London park 'more polluted than city streets'

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.

New 'T charge' is very welcome news

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,’.

Will real-world emissions tests clean up diesel cars?

Professor Frank Kelly comments on whether new world emissions tests will help reduce diesel emissions in the guardian.

Diesel fumes poison babies in the womb

Professor Frank Kelly comments on research which claims that diesel fumes damage the brains of inner-city children.

Truth or Scare?

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?