News Roundup – classroom air pollution, Easton’s wood burning problem, and a leaked Environmental Agency scandal - Aqua Perfecta

News Roundup – classroom air pollution, Easton’s wood burning problem, and a leaked Environmental Agency scandal

News Roundup – classroom air pollution, Easton’s wood burning problem, and a leaked Environmental Agency scandal

This week’s news roundup covers pressure on the government to provide more air purifiers to classrooms, increased pollution from wood burners in Easton, and the Environmental Agency has been found to be ‘ignoring’ the vast majority of reported water pollution incidents.

Increased pressure to provide air purifiers in schools

Six educational trade unions have joined forces to raise awareness of air quality in schools, and put pressure on the government to invest in cleaner air for pupils.

The extent of the crisis was unveiled by CO2 monitors, distributed by the government to a sample of schools. One teacher at a participating institution noted that “readings in some rooms were well over the suggested clean air limit of 800ppm”.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi claimed that the majority of schools had no issue, and said that providing air purifiers for all schools would be a “waste of taxpayers’ money”. The government has so far provided 8000 purifiers to the education sector.

Air pollution is particularly harmful to children, and can lead to the development of asthma, lung issues, and even infections like pneumonia.

You can check the air quality in your area with our free tool.

Wood burners connected to Easton’s increase in air pollution

Easton campaign group Residents Against Dirty Energy (RADE) have claimed that an increase in wood burning stoves within the region has had a direct link to rising levels of particulate matter air pollution.

The group installed air quality sensors three years ago and have been monitoring fine particulate levels since.

Wood burning is the biggest source of fine particulate pollution in the UK, and previous research has found that nearly half of urban air pollution cancer risk can be attributed to wood burners.

If wood burning is a must in your home, investing in an air purifier can help to significantly reduce pollutants, helping you to breathe cleaner, safer air.

Environment Agency ‘ignored’ vast majority of water incident reports

Leaked documents have revealed that the Environment Agency investigated only 8000 of 116,000 reported water incidents last year, with staff told to ‘ignore’ cases that were not high-profile.

The Environment Agency is the public body responsible for the protection of England’s natural environment.

Northumbrian Water is the latest company to be fined for water pollution, and analysis shown to the BBC this week revealed that sewage is regularly dumped in England and Wales’s waters. Concerned about water pollution? Water purifiers are a great solution to ensure clean, safe water in your home. You can also use our free tool to check the water quality in your area.

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