Mental cost of diesel fumes like a bereavement

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Reporting on its front page, Oliver Moody has covered the news that a new study indicates that living with heavy pollution from traffic fumes is as bad for people’s happiness as being widowed or divorced. Sarah Knight and Peter Howley, from the University of York, found that each increase of five mcg/m3 had as much…

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Diesel scrappage scheme would target the most polluted areas

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Christopher Hope has reported that the diesel car scrappage scheme will be targeted at the most polluted areas of the country under plans being considered by ministers. Car owners will only qualify for cash to scrap their diesel vehicles if they are old enough and registered at an address where air pollution is already severe.…

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Thames road tunnel east of London wins Whitehall backing

How the south portal of the planned new road tunnel, near Gravesend, would look © Highways Agency

Tanya Powley has reported that the proposed new tunnel under the Thames to alleviate congestion on the M25 has now received government approval. It is expected to take about ten years to build with costs of up to £5.9bn. Image: How the south portal of the planned new road tunnel, near Gravesend, would look © Highways…

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Now diesel drivers face new ‘pay as you pollute’ charges

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Ben Wilkinson has reported that diesel car owners could be charged for where and when they drive under ‘pay as you pollute’ plans funded by a £1m government grant. The investment was awarded yesterday for the development of monitoring devices that track vehicle movements and the levels of toxic nitrogen oxide they produce. The new…

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Southern under fire for CEO’s payrise

Southern under fire for CEO's payrise

Katie Gibbons has reported that Southern Railway has once again been attacked by unions over revelations that its parent company’s chief executive doubled his salary to £495,000 as passengers suffered travel delays. Govia’s Charles Horton had his pay increased from £263,000 in the year ending July 2015, leading union bosses to accuse the company of…

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Pollution crackdown may end speed humps

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Steven Swinford has reported that the Government may remove traffic calming measures in an attempt to meet pollution reduction targets. A study conducted by Imperial College London suggests that driving over speed humps in a diesel causes production of 98% more nitrogen dioxide compared to driving over a smooth road. It is suggested that replacing…

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Motor industry hits back at ‘dirty diesel’ tag

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Hilary Osborne covered the news that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has responded to the negative coverage about the diesel vehicles by saying the latest models are “the cleanest in history” and “light years away from their older counterparts”. The SSMT indicated the diesel-powered cars coming off production comply with Euro 6 emissions…

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£3m more for Scottish Green Bus Fund

Low emission vehicles operated by Lothian Buses

Chris Ames has covered the news that the Scottish Government has announced a further £3 million funding towards the purchase of low carbon emission buses. Bus operators, local authorities and regional transport partnerships across Scotland can apply for the cash from the Scottish Green Bus Fund, now in its seventh year. Transport minister Humza Yousaf…

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