Building health assessed through environmental parameters after the OTS in the city centre of Oxford, UK
The Oxford Transport Strategy (OTS) implemented in the Oxford city centre in June 1999 had an environmental impact associated with reduced car traffic and improved air quality, particularly of SO2 and CO. The effect on reductions in atmospheric pollutants and improved air quality is examined in this article. By examining records of change associated with specific traffic records and mean annual measures of pollutants, including NO2, NOX, SO2, CO, O3 and PM10, it is possible to relate trends over 15 years (between 1997 and 2012) and evaluate the impacts on buildings.
The transport sector is still generating excessive greenhouse gas emissions and harmful levels of air pollution and noise, according to the latest edition of the European Environment Agency’s annual report on environment and transport.
On 30 April 2014, EU Regulation 421/2014 came into force across the 28 Member States. The EU Regulation temporarily reduces Aviation EU ETS to an intra-European Economic Area scope from 2013 until 2016. The Government has carried out a consultation for the UK Regulations that will implement the EU Regulation, and this publication analyses responses.
This is the first post of the “China’s Clean Air Challenge” series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series examines the increasing social, environmental, and economic impacts of the serious air quality issues in Chinese cities, and investigates the source of emissions and sustainable solutions.
The Local Environmental Quality Survey for England (LEQSE) is an important report that tells us just how clean our country is in a scientific, statistically robust way. LEQSE offers a reliable picture based on evidence gathered by our survey team throughout the year and going back more than a decade. According to this year’s LEQSE, 89% of sites across England are either at or above an acceptable standard for litter. There has been a 4% improvement since the survey started in 2001 but no marked improvement since last year.
The Mayor of London and Transport for London have launched a public consultation on proposals to introduce the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the capital on 7 September 2020, to significantly improve air quality and in turn the health of Londoners. Comments are requested by 9 January 2015.
The Charter sets out the clear ambition that geodiversity is recognised as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy and heritage that must be safeguarded and managed for current and future generations. It has been developed by the English Geodiversity Forum, a partnership of organisations and groups.
As part of Natural England’s responsibilities as set out in the Natural Environment White Paper, Biodiversity 2020 and the European Landscape Convention, has been revising profiles for England’s 159 National Character Areas (NCAs). These are areas that share similar landscape characteristics, and which follow natural lines in the landscape rather than administrative boundaries, making them a good decisionmaking framework for the natural environment. NCA profiles are guidance documents which can help communities to inform their decision-making about the places that they live in and care for. The information they contain will support the planning of conservation initiatives at a landscape scale, inform the delivery of Nature Improvement Areas and encourage broader partnership working through Local Nature Partnerships. The profiles will also help to inform choices about how land is managed and can change. Each profile includes a description of the natural and cultural features that shape our landscapes, how the landscape has changed over time, the current key drivers for ongoing change, and a broad analysis of each area’s characteristics and ecosystem services. Statements of Environmental Opportunity (SEOs) are suggested, which draw on this integrated information. The SEOs offer guidance on the critical issues, which could help to achieve sustainable growth and a more secure environmental future. This profile was placed online in September 2013.
The Eurostat regional yearbook 2014 gives a detailed picture relating to a broad range of statistical topics across the regions of the Member States of the European Union (EU), as well as the regions of EFTA and candidate countries. Each chapter presents statistical information in maps, figures and tables, accompanied by a description of the policy context, main findings and data sources. These regional indicators are presented for the following 11 subjects: population, health, education, the labour market, the economy, structural business statistics, research and innovation, the information society, tourism, transport, and agriculture. In addition, four special focus chapters are included in this edition: these look at the environment, land cover and land use, European cities, and regional competitiveness. The Statistical Atlas is an interactive map viewer, which contains statistical maps from the Eurostat regional yearbook and provides the possibility to download these maps as high-resolution PDFs.
Data released in the latest Living Planet report by Global Footprint Network, WWF and the Zoological Society of London indicates that for more than 40 years, humanity’s demand on nature has exceeded what our planet can replenish. At the same time, vertebrate wildlife populations have declined, on average, by more than half in just 40 years, as measured by the Living Planet Index. The Global Footprint Network provides the Living Planet Report’s measure of humanity’s Ecological Footprint, which calculates the amount of biologically productive land and sea required to produce all the resources a population consumes and to absorb its waste, with prevailing technology.