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Win your own air pollution monitor

Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 8.8m early deaths a year – higher even than the figure for smoking. It means that humans are losing three years of their lives on average, German researchers have found. Here in Britain the figure is 1.5 years. The study measured PM2.5 – atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that has a diameter of less than…

Enforcement of 20mph speed limits ‘statistically insignificant’

20mph zones hold the key to safer streets in urban areas, but the efficacy of these lower speed limits suffers a double whammy of enforcement levels so low they’re statistically insignificant and road design that encourages a flouting of the law. Don’t get us wrong. Here at the ETA, we’re proud to have helped coin the phrase “Twenty’s plenty” and…

If you want to kill someone, best use a car

If you want to kill someone, the best way to do it is in a car because you are highly likely to get away with it. One of the reasons is that people are being killed by cars all the time. We tolerate a level of killing by cars that we don’t tolerate in any other area. If as many…

Pedlet: A pedal-powered parklet

Parklets are popping up in cities around the country as community groups and local authorities encourage us all to challenge the car’s dominance of public space. 1970s San Francisco was the birthplace of the parklet – a way of reclaiming a single car parking space in favour of public space. The first one-day parklet was created in 2005 when a group…

Our right to breathe clean air

After six years of campaigning a judge has agreed to a new inquest into the death of a healthy girl in London who died after developing a serious form of asthma. Ella Roberta Adoo-Kissi-Debrah lived with her family on died aged nine in 2013 after suffering for two years from chronic asthma. An inquest into her death found she died…