- 27-04-2012, 08:45 #1
A Silent Killer in the U.K.?
On Freakanomics Traffic Pollution: A Silent Killer in the U.K.?
A new study claims that traffic pollution “is more than twice as deadly as traffic accidents.” Scientists Steve Yim and Steven Barrett “estimate that combustion exhausts across the U.K. cause nearly 5,000 premature deaths each year,” writes Roland Pease. “The pair also estimate that exhaust gases from aeroplanes cause a further 2,000 deaths annually.” The study also points out that pollution travels:
Of the 19,000 annual U.K. deaths estimated, 7,000 are due to pollutants blown in from the continent. In London, European pollutants add 960 deaths each year to the 2,200 caused by U.K. combustion fumes.
But the international trade in deaths goes both ways. More than 3,000 European deaths can be attributed to U.K. emissions the authors say.That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
- 27-04-2012, 08:51 #2
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- Enjoying a greased up toilet roll in the expense store
An awful lot of 'estimations' there. I smell shite."Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." -- Ernest Hemingway.
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- 27-04-2012, 08:52 #3
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I,ve been thinking this for years. *** Tin foil hat on*** Tobacco being made a scapegoat for the oil companys ? *** Tin foil hat off *** .
- 27-04-2012, 09:35 #4
- 27-04-2012, 15:01 #5
Vaguer than a big bag of vague things.
There's a confusion between gas and particulate, UK and foreign, and traffic and other sources.
Public Health Impacts of Combustion Emissions in the United Kingdom - Environmental Science & Technology (ACS Publications)
"We estimate the uncertainty in premature mortality calculations at −80% to +50%, where results have been corrected by a low modeling bias of 28%. The total monetized life loss in the UK is estimated at £6–62bn/year or 0.4–3.5% of gross domestic product."
Them's some pretty large variances!I am not the official representative of the Digital Outreach Team from the House of Commons; we are politically impractical and cannot comment on government policy or give a political opinion.-'cos they haven't made up their minds yet.
- 27-04-2012, 15:05 #6
- 27-04-2012, 16:46 #7
You're OK inside the car anyway because the air conditioning filter protects you.No sooner did we form into teams than we were re-organised.
I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet every situation by re-organising and what a wonderful method it is for giving the illusion of progress whilst only producing confusion, inefficiency & demoralisation.
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- 29-04-2012, 16:57 #8
Poor air quality reduces the life expectancy of everyone in the UK by an average of seven to eight months and up to 50,000 people a year may die prematurely because of it. Air pollution also causes significant damage to ecosystems. Despite these facts being known air quality is not seen as a priority across government and the UK is failing to meet a range of domestic and European targets.
2. Industry and road transport are the main sources of air pollution, though domestic combustion and agriculture are also to blame. Industry is a major source of emissions of NOX (46%) and PM10 (36%). Road transport contributes to significant emissions of NO2 (30%) and PM10 (18%). Emissions and exposure vary greatly depending on location. Although polluting, the majority of large combustion plants are located away from major urban centres. Road transport contributes far more to the public’s exposure to pollutants and is responsible for up to 70% of air pollution in urban areas.
Amazing what I have to write essays on.
- 29-04-2012, 18:54 #9
UK and EU Air Quality Limits - Defra, UK
The only problem is that we in the UK are having trouble following these guidelines-especially in London.Which won't stop us getting 'infracted' (fined) by the EU for gassing ourselves in our own capital. NOx compounds are a particular problem.
Extract from recent Hansard 26 March 2012. House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 26 Mar 2012 (pt 0001)
"Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of when the UK will be fully compliant with EU requirements on air quality; and what steps she is taking to ensure such compliance. 
Richard Benyon: The UK is currently compliant with EU requirements for particulate matter (PM10) in all areas except London. Compliance in London was expected in 2011 and the Government have submitted an update to the European Commission on the measures being taken to help ensure compliance is achieved. This update is publicly available on the DEFRA website.
Meeting EU requirements for nitrogen dioxide is challenging for the UK and many EU member states. In September 2011, the Government submitted air quality plans to the European Commission outlining how EU limits for nitrogen dioxide will be met as soon as possible. These plans are publicly available on the UK Air website.
The UK meets EU limit values currently in force for other air pollutants."
Some additional details here:
http://www.publications.parliament.u.../1820/1820.pdfI am not the official representative of the Digital Outreach Team from the House of Commons; we are politically impractical and cannot comment on government policy or give a political opinion.-'cos they haven't made up their minds yet.
- 29-04-2012, 19:11 #10
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