|Air Quality and Health
There is a
growing body of evidence of how environmental factors, and particularly
road-traffic related air pollution, affect health. Some of the most
recent studies focus on the effects of small particulates which
penetrate to the lungs and their adverse effects on cardiovascular
disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke. Other studies have
highlighted the disproportionate burden of environmental degradation,
particularly air quality and noise, on deprived communities, with
consequent impacts on increasing social deprivation.
End Quality of Life's
literature review (or the
summary) for more
Since March 2013, we have published monthly
updates of research into the health impacts of air quality and noise.
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To find out about air
quality in a particular neighbourhood of Sheffield, look at the
community monitoring of nitrogen dioxide
being co-ordinated by East End Quality of Life Initiative.
Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. Their
vision is a world in which people can choose to travel in ways that
benefit their health and the environment. They work on practical,
innovative ways of dealing with the transport challenges that affect
is a partnership between the four South Yorkshire local
authorities and South Yorkshire Travelwise.
Care4Air aims to highlight what is happening in the region on air
quality issues. In particular Care4Air aims to provide individuals, organisations,
schools and businesses with information that will enable them to
do their bit for air quality. Care4Air also promotes good practice and rewards those going that extra mile to help protect and improve air quality
in South Yorkshire with the Care4Air Award scheme.
|Sheffield Clean Air
Formed to address
the issue of air quality in Sheffield and has been involved in
Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) process in the city. More
information from the
Sheffield Clean Air
|Air pollution articles in the local and
The Telegraph 1 December 2009
Failure to cut air pollution will cost the
taxpayer and kill 36,000
The Star 14 October
Bus company First South Yorkshire has won an award from
Care4Air for improving South Yorkshire's
National charity Asthma UK presents council with award for improving air quality
and helping asthma sufferers.
The Star 19 February
Levels of potentially deadly pollution in Sheffield have soared
during the last two weeks, The Star can reveal. The dry, still
weather has caused pollution levels in the east and centre of the
city to increase to more than eight times the Government's daily
The Star 25 June 2007
Urgent action is being called for
to tackle the health threat from diesel engines - with high levels
of dangerous pollutants found in Sheffield's air.
The Star 15 September 2006
Pollution is so bad near the M1, South Yorkshire schools may have to
move to save pupils from the bad air and noise.
The Star 29 July 2006
Levels of potentially deadly
pollution in South Yorkshire have soared during the heatwave, The
Star can reveal. Nitrogen dioxide, which has been linked to
increases in breathing problems and heart disease, has doubled in
parts of the county. The dangerous levels, which have peaked way
above the Government guidelines, have been blamed on the hot, still
air which has sat across the UK for the past few weeks.
The Star 15 November 2005
More than one in 10 stroke deaths in
Sheffield could be caused by breathing in traffic fumes, a study has
The Star 9 March 2005
A huge housing development to be
built in a Sheffield suburb could push air pollution in parts of the
city to killer levels, a community campaigner fears.
The Star 18 November 2004
A campaigning group is calling for
action to tackle Sheffield's air pollution - after a study linked high
levels of fumes to an increase in heart attacks.
The Star 30 August 2004
Experts say pollution from vehicles at peak traffic times in Tinsley is
so bad that pollution inhaled by pedestrians is equivalent to virtually
The Star 20 February 2004
A successful project monitoring air
quality in one of Sheffield's most polluted suburbs is being extended to
The Star 14 January 2004
People living in the most deprived
parts of Sheffield are hit worst by the effects of pollution,
environmental campaigners claimed today.
The Star 15 September
Residents in two South Yorkshire communities could be at serious
risk from pollution levels due to the M1, a new survey has revealed.
Tinsley and Brinsworth are said to be unlikely to meet new
government targets on pollution levels due to be introduced in 2005.
this link to see air pollution in Sheffield
|Green Spaces and Health Newsletter
An occasional update on research into the
health effects of access to green spaces and exercise. You can
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|Environment and Health
The natural environment plays an important
part in promoting and maintaining health and well-being. The Sustainable
Futures programme helps the NHS maximise its contribution to the
health of individuals, communities and the environment.
|Health and Environment Alliance
HEAL is an international
non-governmental organisation advocating greater protection of the
environment as a means to improve the health and well-being of European
citizens. The HEAL website
disseminates information on climate change and health related issues,
mainly related to policy in the EU.
|Sheffield First for Environment
This partnership is responsible for overseeing Sheffield’s approach to
achieving environment excellence, and developing and implementing the
Environment Strategy. The Environment Board was established in April
2003 following the launch of the draft environment strategy and the
conclusion of a citywide membership recruitment process, which attracted
members from the voluntary, community and private sectors. Neil
Parry, East End Quality of Life Initiative's Project Co-ordinator, is on
the Environment Board.
purpose of the Partnership Board is to champion environmental issues in
Sheffield through demonstrating leadership on the strategy and
integrated working with other partnerships at the local, regional,
national and international level.
Their Vision is to establish Sheffield as a city whose built and natural
environments are distinctive and of high quality, where the city's
environmental assets are recognised for their direct contribution to the
city's economic success and the well-being of its citizens; a city in
which citizens enjoy and respect those environments and where, given its
size, the city contributes positively to the regional, national and
more information, contact
Rachel Wileman on 0114 273 5390.
|Environment and Health Audit
East End Quality of Life Initiative worked
with Sheffield's Environmental Strategy team to produce Environment and
Health Audits of Tinsley (in 1999 - not available electronically) and
Darnall (2001). A
summary is also available.
Help shape the future of the River Don
September 12.30 - 1.30 pm Swinton Library
September 3.30 - 4.30 pm Doncaster Central Library
18th September 2.30 - 3.30 pm Mowbray Gardens Library, Rotherham
would like to take part please contact
Hellen Hornby on 07769 505 959 for
|Tinsley Tree Project
TTP was formed
by residents of Tinsley in 1999. Its aim was
the levels of air and noise pollution within the
working in close partnership with Tinsley Forum and helping to implement
a Community Action Plan for the area. In its first 3 years, it
provided training for 12 people, and planted around 50,000 trees.
From 2002 to 2006, the project, working with Tinsley
Forum and local residents, successfully secured support from the
Objective 1 Programme Directorate to undertake environmental action
within the local area, working as part of a Community Action Plan. For
more information, contact the
Tinsley Tree Project on
|Darnall Green Spaces Regeneration Project
Based in Darnall's High Hazels Park, the
Darnall Green Spaces Regeneration Team actively promotes community
use of local green spaces, co-ordinates events and activities in the
area, and seeks funding to continue their work. Current sites
Hazels Park and
70 Acre Hill,
Darnall Community Park,
Phillimore Park, and
|Five Weirs Walk
Five Weirs Walk is an 8km path
from Sheffield City Centre to
Meadowhall along the
banks of the River Don. It connects to the
Sheffield and Tinsley canal towpath, the
Upper Don Walk, the riverside
path to Rotherham and the
Trans Pennine Trail. Five Weirs is ideal for walkers, cyclists,
anglers, canoeists and those fascinated by the rich history of the lower
Don Valley. It is accessible to disabled users.
Sheffield's River Stewardship Company is an innovative Social
Enterprise to protect and improve the waterside environment in
Sheffield, with a particular remit for the Five Weirs Walk area - to
register as a volunteer, contact the
RSC on 0114 290 1251. You can contact the
Five Weirs Walk Trust c/o Bell
& Buxton, Telepgraph House, High St, Sheffield 1.