Air Quality & Environment

Late Summer Ozone Pollution?

Posted by Paul Willis on 17 September 2014

A period of settled warm weather with easterly continental air is forecast throughout September. After a mainly wet and unsettled August is it too late in the year to be worried about ozone pollution? Why should we be concerned about this pollutant and how does it form? Here are a few facts which may help.

Are Gases from the Current Icelandic Volcanic Eruption reaching the UK?

Posted by Paul Willis on 11 September 2014

Many of you will have been following with interest the updates on the seismic events and volcanic activity taking place around Bárðarbunga in Iceland.

Key advice for successful poultry planning

Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield and Dr Nigel Gibson on 10 September 2014

Expanding a poultry enterprise usually means either extending sheds or, more often, building new units – either way, increasing the environmental footprint of a farm.  Proving the local environment won’t be adversely affected is intrinsically linked to the process of gaining planning approval and an environmental permit.

DECC opens bidding process for onshore shale gas licences

Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield, Specialist Consultant on 28 July 2014

\"\"[[sitetree_link id=1832]#markbroomfield]The UK government is launching the 14th Onshore (Landward) Oil and Gas Licensing Round today (28 July 2014). During the round interested parties can bid for licenses that grant the right to apply for permission to carry out drilling for oil and gas on specific parcels of land.

Environmental risk assessment of shale gas operations – what does the new guidance say?

Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield, Specialist Consultant on 8 May 2014

I’m very pleased to see new guidance published by DECC on the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of shale gas operations.  The guidance is available on the DECC website here.[]

Air Quality in China – Change is Happening

Posted by Geoff Dollard, Practice Director: Air & Environmental Quality on 6 May 2014

Just recently under the auspices of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in collaboration with the US Environment Defence Fund, I was invited to an air pollution prevention workshop in Beijing. The workshop formed part of eight days of intensive training for city mayors within the Beijing area.

Take Care in the Easter Sunshine

Posted by Paul Willis, Knowledge Leader for Air Quality on 17 April 2014

After months of rain and flooding in the United Kingdom, and the recent high air pollution warnings, surely we can all now finally get outside in safety and enjoy the long awaited pleasant weather?

#SaharaDust – Keeping people informed of the risks

Posted by Paul Willis, Knowledge Leader for Air Quality on 2 April 2014

Today’s top news story on the BBC and across many British newspapers is the poor air quality across many parts of the UK, principally England and Wales, and the arrival of Saharan dust, which has reportedly covered the PM’s car.

Around Scotland, unconventionally

Posted by Mark Broomfield, Consultant on 2 April 2014

I travelled around Scotland last week and was privileged to attend and speak at two contrasting conferences on unconventional gas and oil.

Harbin: The frozen city

Posted by Mark Broomfield – specialist consultant, Ricardo-AEA on 30 October 2013

Harbin was closed down last week because of high levels of air pollution – or “choking smog” according to Reuters.

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