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Nearly 100 firefighters battled a huge grass fire which raged for hours near Heathrow Airport . The inferno, which reached the size of four football -writes standard.co.uk  Fifteen fire engines were deployed to try and bring the blaze under control but it continued to burn long into the evening. A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said that the long stretch of dry weather was probably the cause of the blaze. She said she was unable to say when the fire would...
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In the run up to Clean Air day on 21 June, John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets has lent his support to the Mayor of London’s call for the government to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: "It is appalling that forty per cent of our residents live in areas where air pollution exceeds national and EU guidelines, and they are breathing in chemicals that negatively impact on their health. "We are doing all we c...
Ecology
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants to tackle air pollution (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)Photo: PA Wire/PA Images Tens of thousands of cars and vans will face daily pollution charges of £12.50 in London as Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed plans for a large-scale emissions zone. The ultra-low emission zone, being brought in for central London in April 2019, will be expanded to the North and South Circular roads from October 2021, Mr Khan has announced. It means polluting veh...
Ecology
According to the intentions of the British government, wet wipes, which are widely used in various areas of daily life, can disappear from the shops of this country. The government claims that its plan to eliminate plastic waste "includes disposable products such as wet wipes." The reason - napkins contain plastic, which does not decompose in nature. Therefore, manufacturers will either have to create a napkin without plastic, or consumers will have to do...
Ecology
The University of Portsmouth offered a non-standard solution for the destruction of non-recyclable plastic waste. As a result of the scientific experiment in Portsmouth, protein that destroys chains of chemical bonds in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (the most popular material for the production of plastic bottles and containers) was synthesized. Despite the manufacturers' statement about the good degradability of polyester material, it is the PET bottle...
Ecology
About a hundred public and environmental organizations appealed to the mayor of London with an open letter, in which they proposed to ban all private vehicles for one day as part of the struggle to improve the city's ecology. Over eight thousand people and about a hundred public organizations signed a petition calling for a "Car Free Day" in London, that is, to refuse traveling on private cars in favor of public transport or bicycles. The initiative group...
Ecology
Government says it will get rid of wipes within 25 years. Household wet wipes will be banished in the UK as part of Michael Gove ’s crackdown on plastic being thrown away and damaging ecosystems , the government has said. If they are outlawed, shoppers will no longer be able to buy the wipes, which are mostly made of polyester and contain millions of microfibres impregnated with chemicals. Tens of thousands of wet wipes are sold in Britain each year, and d...
Ecology
A petition calling for Starbucks to refuse plastic straws has collected more than 68 thousand signatures. Starbucks begins to look at alternative solutions in order to abandon plastic straws used in UK coffee houses. The company is already testing the public's reaction to paper straws and products from biodegradable plastic. The announcement was made after an employee of Starbucks launched a petition calling on the employer to stop using plastic straws. St...
Ecology
A bottle that decays in water can save our oceans, seas and rivers. The process of biodegradation of the bottle begins within a few hours, and the complete decomposition takes about three weeks. The ecological invention belongs to the 27-year-old Londoner James Longcroft. A chemist by profession, a graduate of Durham University, called his invention ‘Choose Water’. He states that such bottles can prevent large-scale pollution of the oceans. It is known tha...
Ecology
A section of the London Marathon route saw an 89 per cent drop in air pollution on race day, according to new figures. The research, published by Global Action Plan, utilised data collected by monitoring stations managed by Kings College London . Monitoring over a 12-hour period - from 7am to 7pm - experts found the air quality along Upper Thames Street improved by almost nine tenths. Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan said, “Taking col...
Ecology
The pollution of water bodies in Bradford in West Yorkshire is the responsibility of the dishwashers of 200 Asian restaurants in the city. The underground rivers that flow beneath Bradford turned yellow because of turmeric and other spices for curry, which are drained into it. Now all these polluted waters flow into the Aire river, which caused anxiety and protests among the local population. The problem that arose was described in the Friends of Bradford...