Air quality over previous decades – how are we doing?

  • Stefan Reis
  • Mathew R. Heal
  • Clare Heaviside
  • Sotiris Vardoulakis
  • Clare Heaviside
  • Clare Heaviside

Press/Media: Press Release

Description

Science Media Centre news briefing

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 00:01 UK time on Wednesday 26 June 2019

What?  Air quality over previous decades – how are we doing?

When?   10.30am, Tuesday 25 June 2019

Where?   5th floor, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

 

We often hear about how bad air pollution is for our health, and that we are failing to reach acceptable – even legal – levels of pollutants in our big cities.  But various national and European legislation has been introduced over the last few decades – is it working?

 

A new study to be published in Environmental Research Letters looks at how levels of emissions of particulates, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, non-methane volatile organic compounds and ammonia changed between 1970 and 2010, during which time measures including the Clean Air Act 1993, the Environment Act 1995 and several Air Quality Standards Regulations came into force.  The study also models likely impacts on health and death.

 

Come to the SMC to hear authors of the study discuss things such as:

 

- are things improving?

- how can we tell which measures are making a difference?

- how can we attribute ill health or premature death to air pollution?

- what do we most urgently need to tackle?

- where do most emissions come from?

 

 

Speakers will include:

 

Dr Stefan Reis, Science Area Head – Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Honorary Associate Professor, University of Exeter Medical School

 

Prof Mathew Heal, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

 

Dr Clare Heaviside, NERC Independent Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

 

Prof Sotiris Vardoulakis, Director of Research, Institute of Occupational Medicine

 

 

Period25 Jun 2019 → 28 Jun 2019

Media coverage

2

Media coverage

  • TitleAir quality over previous decades – how are we doing?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletSee description and data above
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date28/06/19
    DescriptionFrom: Usher, Clare L. [mailto:clareusher@ceh.ac.uk] Sent: 28 June 2019 14:35 To: Steve Rice <srei@ceh.ac.uk>; 'clare.heaviside@ouce.ox.ac.uk' <clare.heaviside@ouce.ox.ac.uk>; HEAL Mathew <M.Heal@ed.ac.uk>; 'Sotiris.Vardoulakis@iom-world.org' <Sotiris.Vardoulakis@iom-world.org>; Carnell, Edward J. <edcarn@ceh.ac.uk>; Vieno, Massimo <mvi@ceh.ac.uk> Cc: Williams, Simon M. <simwil@ceh.ac.uk>; Burns, Paulette <pburns@ceh.ac.uk>; Milnes, Anthea J. <antheamilnes@ceh.ac.uk> Subject: RE: SMC coverage report - Air quality over previous decades Hi all, Please find attached a report from our media monitoring service Kantar, with links to most of the coverage. See totals below (Kantar), although these figures do not include The Guardian, New Scientist, Oxford University or the Defra blog: combined 194 7130888 national 8 4713211 trade 12 73414 key regional 10 594439 regional 164 1749824 Overall, a great result. Well done all. Kind regards Clare From: Usher, Clare L. Sent: 26 June 2019 19:05 To: 'Fiona Lethbridge' <lethbridge@sciencemediacentre.org>; Reis, Stefan <srei@ceh.ac.uk>; clare.heaviside@ouce.ox.ac.uk; m.heal@ed.ac.uk; Sotiris.Vardoulakis@iom-world.org Cc: Williams, Simon M. <simwil@ceh.ac.uk>; lucy.erickson@ouce.ox.ac.uk; news.office@admin.ox.ac.uk; catriona.kelly@ed.ac.uk; jen.middleton@ed.ac.uk; Burns, Paulette <pburns@ceh.ac.uk>; Milnes, Anthea J. <antheamilnes@ceh.ac.uk> Subject: RE: SMC coverage report - Air quality over previous decades Thank you Fiona. Just to add to that, we’ve also picked up the Daily Mail online and The Ecologist. The PA story was picked up far and wide across the regional media, including the likes for The Yorkshires Post (in print), Lancashire Evening Telegraph, Metro (Scotland, in print) and Sunday Post. In total today, our cutting service picked more than a hundred regionals! So great widespread coverage. Unfortunately I am not able to run a report this evening, but will look at this Friday when I am back in the office to give you a better idea of reach and spread. We’ve also seen the PA story run across BT.com, Yahoo UK and AOL news sites, which is great! Well done all and have a restful evening. Kind regards Clare
    PersonsStefan Reis, Mathew Heal, Clare Heaviside, Sotiris Vardoulakis
  • TitleAir quality over previous decades – how are we doing?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletSee description above
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date26/06/19
    DescriptionAttendees:

    Adam Vaughan New Scientist
    Damian Carrington Guardian
    Emily Beamen tPress Association
    Frances Millar Express
    Nigel Hawkes BMJ News
    Tom Chivers Freelance
    Tom Whipple Times

    Recording / material sent to:

    Leslie Hook Financial Times
    Roger Harrabin BBC News
    Natasha Loder Economist
    Matthew Warren Nature News


    Briefing coverage

    Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/26/action-on-air-pollution-works-but-far-more-is-needed-study-shows

    New Scientist
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2207622-uk-has-halved-air-pollution-deaths-since-1970-but-must-still-do-more/

    Press Association e.g. ITV News
    https://www.itv.com/news/2019-06-25/policies-to-reduce-pollution-emissions-have-cut-deaths-over-40-years-study/

    BMJ News
    https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l4403

    Express
    Print only, p8


    Clips

    Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/26/action-on-air-pollution-works-but-far-more-is-needed-study-shows

    PersonsStefan Reis, Mathew Heal, Clare Heaviside, Sotiris Vardoulakis

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitlePress conference
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletScience Media Centre, London
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date25/06/19
    DescriptionPress conference at Science Media Centre, London, on 25th June 2019
    PersonsStefan Reis, Mathew Heal, Clare Heaviside, Sotiris Vardoulakis