These days air pollution comes largely from diesel engines. It can be best seen when fumes get trapped and a dull orange-grey smog develops. Technically, it is produced by sunlight reacting with nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the atmosphere. When sunlight hits these chemicals, they form airborne particles and the result is ground-level ozone or smog. Overall, diesel cars emit less hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and lead pollution than petrol cars, but produce more noxious gases and significantly more minute particles. A 2011 test by government to measure emissions from vehicles in everyday use concluded that, while petrol emissions had improved by 96%, "emissions of NOx [nitrogen oxide] from diesel cars and light goods vehicles have not decreased for the past 15-20 years. … [Read more...] about UK air pollution: why are we only now waking up to this public health crisis?
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A survey by the British Chambers of Commerce of 480 of its members found that fewer than half of businesses that traded internationally said they had an EORI number - a unique identifier needed to complete customs declarations - despite the government automatically handing these out to traders. … [Read more...] about Brexit: UK firms ‘under-prepared’ for new EU trading rules
Not everyone loved Roberto Benigni’s bold concentration camp comedy about a Jewish inmate who shields his son from the horrors of Nazism by pretending it’s all a game — but it made me laugh (and for that matter cry) like a drain. If you want to smile, take a look on YouTube at the moment Sophia Loren, at the Academy Awards, announces it as Best Foreign Language Film. It’s priceless. … [Read more...] about BRIAN VINER: How to build a STAR… Booksmart Beanie Feldstein takes on the Black Country
Webb was anxious that her business, and the country at large, still had to get through Brexit. “I’m hopeful, yet still a bit cautious. Still, we’ve done better this year than we otherwise would have. However, we’re not confident enough about the future to start expanding; taking on staff and a bigger premises.” … [Read more...] about ‘I’m hopeful but cautious’: business owners on UK recovery
Fairfuel’s Howard Cox, however, anticipates a long fight. ‘There are practical ways to reduce emissions and reduce fuel consumption,’ he says. ‘So why are the politicians ignoring these solutions? It’s simple: drivers are seen as pariahs, demonised to the hilt and a source of speedy cash for money-strapped local authorities.’ … [Read more...] about The road to madness: How eco-obsessed councils – under cover of Covid – have spent millions of YOUR money to shut roads across Britain