Coronavirus UK: Infection risk higher in areas with air pollution

People are more likely to catch Covid-19 in areas with bad air pollution because particles can 'carry' the virus, scientists have claimed.

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COVID-19 impact on ethnic minorities linked to housing and air pollution

The severe impact of Covid-19 on people from minority ethnic groups has been linked to air pollution and overcrowded and poor-standard homes by a study of 400 hospital patients.

Manchester becomes latest UK city to delay clean air zone

The creation of the biggest clean air zone in the UK to tackle illegal levels of air pollution is being delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.


One way the coronavirus could transform Europe’s cities: More space for bikes

European cities are already reclaiming portions of busy thoroughfares to install new bike lanes.

Birmingham could ban private cars from driving through city centre

Birmingham may become the first British city to ban private cars from driving through its city centre, according to a new transport plan published by the council.

The EPA wanted to clean up toxic soil in Alabama. Why did a lobbyist, a lawyer and a legislator try to stop them?

The EPA wanted to remove toxic waste from a Birmingham neighborhood, which would have cost tens of millions of dollars. The state’s influence machine kicked into high gear.
Drummond Coal's ABC Coke plant is at the heart of a bribery scandal that has led to prison terms for the three people and ethics charges against two more. (Credit: Matt Smith)

From coal lobbyists to community leaders—the plot to keep Birmingham polluted

Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series on a recent bribery trial over a toxic Superfund site in Birmingham, Alabama. Read part one here.

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Pollution, prejudice and profiteering politicians in Birmingham, Alabama

Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on a recent bribery trial over a toxic Superfund site in Birmingham, Alabama. Read part two here.

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Alabama coal executive and lawyer are guilty of bribing politician over pollution cleanup

The men were found guilty of bribing a former state representative to oppose Environmental Protection Agency plans that could have made the coal company help pay to clean up a polluted Superfund site.

Train cars carrying human-waste appear in North Birmingham

An issue that has been a problem for residents in west Jefrerson and Walker counties has spread to Birmingham city limits.

Superbugs are being spread by travellers to South Asia and the Middle East, warn health experts 

Superbugs are being spread by travellers to South Asia and the Middle East, a new study by Public Health England and the University of Birmingham has found.

'It's a horrible smell:' Parrish town council to meet over Big Sky's biosolid storage

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall said the foul smell which hung over part of the town was biosolid waste shipped from New York and New Jersey.

In Alabama, a cleanup unearths toxics—and scandal

Federal prosecutors say that effort also uncovered something else: a scheme to save polluters millions by putting the neighborhood's representative in Montgomery on their payroll.

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