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Oxford Street has 'highest NO2 pollution levels' in world

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New research comes as EU Court of Justice prepares to hear case over UK's failure to meet legal air quality limits

08 Jul 2014

Hudson Yards: A connected neighborhood grows in Manhattan


A central part of the $20bn Hudson Yards community will be a vast sensor network to track air quality, traffic, energy, waste processes and more

13 Jun 2014

EU: 11 countries breach of air pollution limits in 2012


France, Germany and Ireland among those emitting too many pollutants, as UK remains on track to meet its goals

13 Jun 2014

Could engines running on thin air be the answer to the UK's air pollution problem?

New study finds liquid air fuelled vehicles could save UK £115m and curb CO2 emissions by more than one million tonnes by 2025

11 Jun 2014

China to remove five million vehicles in latest anti-smog drive

Cabinet outlines plans to scrap millions of cars that fail to meet fuel standards in push to improve air pollution

27 May 2014

Chinese coal production drops as environmental rules start to bite

New industry figures confirm Chinese coal production fell by more than 1.3 per cent last month

09 May 2014

WHO: Half of world's urban population breathing dirty air

New World Health Organisation (WHO) database shows British cities are among those failing to meet air quality standards

08 May 2014

Labour draws up plans for air pollution crackdown

Shadow Environment Minister Barry Gardiner says government needs to take an evidence-based approach to improving air quality

05 May 2014

Smog suffocated my marriage

Beijing man files for divorce after air pollution drives his wife out of the city

02 May 2014

US Supreme Court backs Obama's air pollution rules

Court ruling that promises to tighten air quality rules for around 1,000 power plants is hailed as a "resounding victory for public health"

30 Apr 2014

China passes strictest pollution laws in 25 years

Government approves tough penalties for polluters as nation seeks to address rampant pollution

25 Apr 2014

UK companies have an opportunity to save lives while reducing their carbon impact

Lord Ashdown outlines the benefits to UK firms of a UNICEF project to provide low pollution cook stoves to poor households in Bangladesh

23 Apr 2014

Reports: China poised to beef up national Environmental Protection Law

Reuters' reports suggest reforms to national environmental law will provide officials with sweeping new powers to tackle polluters

16 Apr 2014

Coalition beefs up Garden Cities plan

New prospectus and funding aims to help local communities move forward with garden city proposals

15 Apr 2014

Treasury claim that fuel duty freeze benefits economy ignores climate and air pollution impacts

Treasury study admits economic modelling "is not intended to capture the impact of a reduction in fuel duty through externalities" such as congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions

14 Apr 2014

Are China's coal emissions about to plummet?

New Greenpeace report predicts air pollution measures will also help tackle climate change

14 Apr 2014

Can governments stop pollution killing 29,000 people a year?

New Public Health England figures raise fresh concerns over EU's "woefully inadequate" laws to prevent fine particulates PM 2.5

11 Apr 2014

Very high pollution levels spark fresh calls for government action

Defra predicts some parts of UK will experience top-of-the-scale pollution levels as a result of dust blown in from the Sahara

02 Apr 2014

Let them eat coal

The coal industry is about to launch a major push to bring dirty energy to the world's developing countries, Kirsty Gogan argues that green businesses need a credible response

02 Apr 2014

Chinese smog insurance: travel agency offers air pollution policies

China's largest online travel agency has launched a 'haze-travel insurance package' for tourists to claim compensation for trips ruined by pollution

20 Mar 2014

City of London firms commit to air quality improvements

Land owners, financiers and food outlets among 18 companies pledging to reduce their impact on the Square Mile

20 Mar 2014

Paris launches car ban in latest smog crackdown

French capital bans 50 per cent of its cars from the streets in n attempt to tackle dangerous air pollution

17 Mar 2014

Beijing's smog-busting efforts conceal nationwide crisis

Attempts to rid the capital of the "airpocalypse" will have little effect on the rest of China, analysts warn

14 Mar 2014

Panasonic to pay Chinese workers pollution 'danger money'

Company becomes the first international firm to offer expat workers wage premium to compensate for impact of Chinese pollution

13 Mar 2014

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