Thursday May 23, 2019

Air Pollution ‘Largest Environmental Risk to Public Health in UK’: Report

Cosford said a key challenge was the commonly held view that actions to reduce air pollution run counter to economic growth and development

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Public Health England (PHE) has put forward a series of recommendations aimed at reducing the 28,000 to 36,000 deaths a year in Britain attributed to long-term exposure to polluted air.

One recommendation in the 250-page PHE report published here on Monday was for town and city councils to be given powers to implement no-idling zones to stop people leaving their car engines running while waiting outside schools, hospitals and care homes.

Another proposal would see low-emission or clean air zones to discourage the most highly polluting vehicles from entering populated areas, Xinhua news agency reported.

The report said that air pollution was the biggest environmental threat to health in Britain with strong evidence that air pollution causes the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, lung cancer and exacerbates asthma.

“The evidence is clear on the scale of harm from air pollution. It is the largest environmental risk to the public’s health in the UK,” warned the report.

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A man rides his bicycle in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, Dec. 26, 2018 (Representational image). VOA

“People are exposed to outdoor air pollution in the places where they live, work and spend their leisure time. Whilst there are opportunities for individuals to reduce their personal exposure, or that of their children, these are limited,” it said.

The document said that public spaces should be redesigned so people aren’t so close to highly polluting roads by making streets wider or using green hedges to screen against pollutants. There should also be more investment in clean public transport, footpaths and cycle paths.

Professor Paul Cosford, PHE’s Medical Director, said: “Action is needed at all levels to address this unacceptable, serious and avoidable source of harm to our health. We all have a role to play in helping to make sure that the air that we, and future generations, breathe is clean air.”

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Cosford said a key challenge was the commonly held view that actions to reduce air pollution run counter to economic growth and development.

In January, the British government announced a “Clean Air Strategy” setting out plans to meet ambitious legally binding international targets to reduce emission of the five most damaging air pollutants by 2030. It will be followed by a wider Environment Bill. (IANS)

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Vodafone to Switch on 5G Network in UK: Report

Apart from the UK, 5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for technologically-developed as well as mature markets, including South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan

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Vodafone on Tuesday announced that its 5G network would go live in the UK for both common consumers as well as business customers on July 3, giving the UK its first official 5G launch date.

“Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London will be among the first cities in the world to receive 5G and Vodafone will price 5G the same as 4G,” Vodafone wrote in a blog-post.

“This is important. It means we can today announce the largest launch of 5G in the UK and be the first to announce 5G roaming. It means UK businesses can lead the world in adopting 5G to boost productivity and attract investment,” said Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK.

A choice of 5G smartphones will be available online and in Vodafone stores and will go on sale next week. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, Samsung S10, Huawei Mate 20X and Mate X are included in Vodafone’s 5G smartphone offerings in the UK.

Vodafone to switch on 5G network in UK on July 3.

Vodafone would also offer a 5G router for use at home and offices to give customers without a fixed line connection high-speed broadband access, the post added.

“The new price plans will be unveiled next week to coincide with the availability of the first handset. Handsets can initially be used over 4G, and will be able to use 5G when the network is switched on and all manufacturer software updates are completed,” the post noted.

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While UK gears up for its 5G availability, India is not even on the map for the technology’s large-scale rollout this year, or even beyond. Although India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout, the country is yet to allocate 5G spectrum to operators even for trial.

Apart from the UK, 5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for technologically-developed as well as mature markets, including South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan. (IANS)