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I'm terrified.

I watched the NOx and PM2.5 (small particulate) data from the monitor down the road and the latest data numbers being recorded stay jacked up in the hundreds while everything was green and pollution levels low and everything apparently fine but it's not though because the raw throat and aching chest tell me something different and so do the numbers in the hundreds.

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/data/site-da ... =last_hour

And I discovered all kinds of new air pollution consultations DEFRA rushed out because UK government have until 31 December 2015 ordered by the UK Supreme Court to make the air in the Potteries and many other regions of the UK where the pollution is too high, has been too high, for decades.

I've been reading, posting and working today, like every day, and I'm tired.

This writing here is like to myself, it's not formatted properly, all the information terrifying me isn't linked in this post.
The link above will change, like temporary links to UK Parliament's Hansard record changes.
I couldn't get over the numbers so high.
And my throat is raw and my chest aches.

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Thank you, anyone reading.
I'll make the thread nicer, give it continuity, make it flow into a narrative, to help anyone reading it understand why I'm terrified.


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Transport Committee
Monday 12 October 2015
Meeting starts at 4.30pm
Channel: 9
House: Commons
Thatcher room
Select committee


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Subject: Volkswagen Group emissions violations

Witness: Paul Willis, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group UK, and Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT
Witnesses: Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State, Department for Transport, and Vehicle Certification Agency. McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State, Michael Hurwitz, Director of the Energy, Technology and International Directorate, Ian Yarnold, International Vehicle Standards, Department for Transport, and Paul Higgs, Chief Executive, Vehicle Certification Agency.

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Thank you for all of this, @cJA. It's deeply worrying and I know how distressing it is to endure the effects of filthy air.

I'd like to see a demand that VW (and all the other manufacturers who have cheated on emissions tests) provide a solution that brings all the affected vehicles within the legal emissions limits, either by fitting some device/after-solution or by replacing the affected vehicles/parts with ones which comply with legislation within a short period of time - eg., one year to fit after-solution, five years to replace all vehicles or their engine-and-exhaust systems. I'd suggest that the manufacturers also make a proportionate contribution to any fines levied on EU states for exceeding pollutant limits/clean-air-legislation in the meantime. I've got a feeling that a lot more manufacturers are going to be found out, too.

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You're creating a very useful set of resources here, @cJA. I'm flabbergasted, too, at the response to what is a very serious situation which will have long repercussions. Newsnight had a segment on a study done by a Spanish medical research team led by Professor Jordi Sunyer at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. They found that children whose schools were in the most polluted areas (out of 29 local primary schools) showed clear developmental differences in the left hemisphere of the brain. Practical learning tests and reaction tests showed a distinct pattern of cognitive limitation and lowered response times to visual and auditory stimuli with slowed physical reaction, too. The affected children also had attention deficits and heightened levels of frustration and anger. The same team mapped greater levels of various forms of age-related dementias within the seniors population in the most polluted areas, too. See Newsnight 12/10/2015 from 28 minutes in:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06j6gl9/newsnight-12102015
His profile page at CREAL, with selected publications:
http://www.creal.cat/creal/quisom/en_info_user.html?idusuari=jsunyer

And to think 'we' (the country) thought we'd solved things by removing lead from petrol!

Edit to correct 'who' to 'whose'

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