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Health stats, pollution, legionaella and inertia

on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 16:57

A pertinent blog on the Edinburgh Guide site that merits a read.

Although starting from a possible cover-up around the recent Legionella outbreak it moves into the bizarre situation around the large traffic (ie pollution) in residential streets.

WHO cares! -- But does Edinburgh Council

The World Health Organisation has announced Diesel fumes are a cause of cancers.

Quite rightly we should be concerned and quite rightly we shouldn't panic.

 The risk is thought to be small compared to, for example, the chances of getting cancer from smoking.  

DEFRA's sign of the times on air quality

At the heart of the objections to the tram project as presently being pushed through is the beleif that in order to keep the project in any sort of form in the teeth of a whirlwind of managagement and financial problems, the council have attempted to turn a blind eye to what could be the most serious problem of all---the effects on public health of the increases in traffic created pollution caused by the need of this project to empty all roads along which it runs.

Traffic concerns spreading with two petitions

Two petitions highlighting concerns about traffic increases in Edinburgh have come to our attention.

One is available in Mr Malik's newsagent shop on the corner of Lynedoch Place and Drumsheugh Gardens and the other at the West End Medical practice in Chester Street Towards Palmerston Place.

Both are gaining signatures at a rate of knots and illustrate that awareness of the developing problem is gaining ground.

108-Worse than Road accidents, worse than passive smoking

 

108 – WORSE THAN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND PASSIVE SMOKING – PUT TOGETHER!

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Great Stuart Street on Google Street View

on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 19:53

This is Great Stuart Street in Edinburgh's New Town captured by Google Street View. This random shot shows the congestion and air pollution problem caused by displaced traffic. Click on the top right corner of the map to enlarge to full screen.

release 98a--The Good news----and the bad news

 

The good news is that Edinburgh Council are now releasing the data but ---- the bad news is they’re still not calculating it correctly.

 

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release 96- Lies, Damn Lies and NO statistics-- 09-03-2012

CHARLOTTE SQUARE:  LIES, DAMN LIES AND NO STATISTICS?

  • We have recently had some tantalising glimpses of a scheme for a part of the city that, for once, justifies the use of the word iconic: Charlotte Square.

 

release 94 - Who said what to who- 21-02-1012

KEY POLICY CHANGE SURROUNDED IN CONFUSION & MYSTERY

  • Until December 2010 the Council were routinely revealing what are called ‘raw’ or ‘unvalidated’ figures for air quality levels, in terms of one ‘marker’ pollutant N02-Nitrogen Dioxide..

 

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