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Greater Manchester’s air pollution problem presents health and environmental challenges to the conurbation.

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      Electric trains, not diesel trains: don’t scrap the electrification of our railways!

      The Department for Transport has slammed the brakes on their promise to electrify the UK’s railways, announcing plans to scrap work across the north, the midlands and south Wales. This means more polluting diesel trains for years to come, not … Continue reading

      10th Aug 2017
      Clean Air Everywhere

      Levenshulme parents and Manchester Friends of the Earth air pollution investigation reveals cause for concern

      An investigation by a group of Levenshulme parents and Manchester Friends of the Earth into air pollution across Levenshulme has revealed shocking levels of air pollution. [1] If air pollution levels were as bad all year as they were for … Continue reading

      7th Aug 2017

      Government’s Air Quality Plan leaves thousands breathing dangerous air in the North West

      The government’s Air Quality Plan will leave thousands breathing dangerous air says Friends of the Earth, as analysis by the environmental charity reveals that there are no plans for action on dirty air across large parts of the North West, … Continue reading

      1st Aug 2017
      Clean Air Everywhere

      Unmasked: the true story of the air you’re breathing

      Friends of the Earth’s groundbreaking citizen science air pollution experiment and its initial findings. The results of Friends of the Earth’s massive people-powered air monitoring experiment suggest that dirty air is a problem in far more places than the government’s … Continue reading


      Air Quality Plan ‘cynical’ and doesn’t do enough to save lives now

      Friends of the Earth described today’s air pollution announcement as a ‘cynical’, headline-grabbing move which passes the buck of saving lives to local authorities as the government reveals its Air Quality Plan today (26 July).

      26th Jul 2017
      Magic Air Filter

      Manchester Day Parade and the Clean Air Machine

      On Sunday 18th June 2017, Manchester Friends of the Earth joined over 2,000 people taking part in the Manchester Day Parade. Keen to be creative and communicate an important message whilst fitting with the ‘Abracadabra’ magic theme of the year’s … Continue reading

      18th Jul 2017
      Clean Air Everywhere

      Despite Court Ruling, government ‘out on a limb’ on air pollution – says Friends of the Earth

      Responding to the ClientEarth High Court case (5 July), in which the judge ruled against their challenge to the government’s consultation on its draft Air Quality Plan, Oliver Hayes, Friend of the Earth air pollution campaigner, said: “Despite today’s disappointing … Continue reading

      6th Jul 2017

      Revealed: 10 worst air pollution hotspots

      Citizen Science investigation reveals air pollution in every region of the UK With the government due back in court regarding its inadequate plan for tackling air pollution tomorrow (Wed 5 July), Friends of the Earth reveals the ten worst air … Continue reading

      4th Jul 2017
      Clean Air Everywhere

      It’s national Clean Air Week. Tip of the Day 1-8

      It’s national Clean Air Week, 24th June – 2nd July. We’re bringing you a tip a day.

      1st Jul 2017
      Clean Air Everywhere

      News release: New report: Unmasked – the true story of the air you’re breathing

      Citizen Science investigation reveals at least 7 Greater Manchester MPs face pollution problem as people take to the streets to demand Clean Air Everywhere A new report – Unmasked: the true story of the air you’re breathing – suggests that dirty air … Continue reading

      30th Jun 2017

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