Water racket: it’s time to turn the noise down
Many UK water companies and contractors are taking action to cut down on noise levels. Wakefield Acoustics provided expert input for a new sludge plant in Yorkshire.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary September 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. This month legislation covering the labelling of organic products, noise pollution at airports and the emissions of large combustion plants come into effect.
Sound advice on noise pollution
Regulations that came into force last year place the onus of ensuring aural wellbeing firmly with employers. Jane Dawson explains how Wakefield Acoustic has helped the water industry comply with the law and protect employees.
Environmental Case Law Summary, January 2007
Once again Edie News and Semple Fraser team up to bring readers the latest on legal cases which impact on environmental industries in the UK and Europe. December was a lean month for the courts but there were nevertheless a handful of cases with environmental implications. Greece was told to do more train workers to dispose of environmentally damaging chemicals, the UK ran out of time when implementing noise pollution laws, Luxembourg was told to give the public the facts on carbon emissions from cars and the debate over the legal definition of waste-as-fuel rumbled on.
UK appears deaf to EU noise plea
The UK has failed to implement European rules on noise pollution within the allotted time frame.
Court hears of state's failure on noise laws
Luxembourg has run afoul of the ECJ for failing to fully adopt laws on noise pollution.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (February 06)
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see the EU's proposals on radioactive waste shipments, flood management and noise pollution and in the UK climate change agreements for energy intensive installations.
'Climate-wrecking' Heathrow Airport expansion approved by Government
The long-anticipated expansion of London's Heathrow Airport has been approved by Government ministers - a decision that has been lambasted by green groups and environmental campaigners for its potential impact on Britain's air quality and emissions.
Protestors 'flash mob' Terminal 5
Climate campaigners marked the opening day of Heathrow's controversial new Terminal 5 with a flash mob in the arrivals lounge of the new building.
ECJ asked to rule on impact assessments
The European Court of Justice has been asked to decide whether modification of existing infrastructure at an airport needs a fresh Environmental Impact Assessment of the site.
Noise pollution 'linked to heart death'
Noise pollution from transport is linked to 50,000 fatal heart attacks in the EU every year, researchers have claimed.
Campaign targets 'Mosquito' noise pollution
A campaign has been launched to cut the noise pollution from dispersal devices targeted at teenagers.
Fireworks displays told to go green
Families and organisers of fireworks displays are being urged to make their November 5 celebrations as green as possible.
VIDEO: Smartphone app helps scientists study air pollution
An air quality smartphone app has provided more than 28m readings from hundreds of volunteers has helped researchers across Europe study air pollution levels.
Noise campaigners shout about lack of research funding
Campaigners from a number of British groups with an interest in noise pollution are trying to get their voices heard by the World Health Organisation in a plea not to cut funding for research into the topic.
Rift widens between green lobbyists and businesses as Heathrow U-turn looms
David Cameron yesterday reassured opponents to a third runway at Heathrow that he would honour his manifesto not to expand it before the end of the current parliament.
Highways Agency misses noise reduction target
Environmentalists have voiced disappointment that the Highways Agency has missed government targets for cutting road noise.
Clapping man faces noise pollution arrest
News in Brief
Noise pollution drives people from homes
Huge numbers of people claim that unwanted noise is making their lives miserable and many have taken extreme measures to avoid it, some going as far as moving house.
Noise pollution 'overlooked'
Not enough attention is being paid to 'noise nuisance' and to 'noise mapping', according to the National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection (NSCA).
Prince Philip slams onshore wind turbines as a 'fairytale'
The Duke of Edinburgh has unleashed a scathing attack on the UK's wind turbine industry, calling onshore wind farms a "disgrace".
Protest groups plan action against HS2
The government is beginning its consultation on plans for a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham today (February 28).
Almost all London boroughs failed EU air pollution limit for toxic NO2 gas
All but two of London's boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.
Clockwork eco-flower will be London's oasis
A giant glowing flower lit up London's Clerkenwell Green for the first time this Monday using energy collected in its photovoltaic petals and the spiral turbine spinning at the summit of its "stem".
Move Heathrow to artificial island to free land, says report
London's Heathrow Airport should be replaced by an air-and-rail hub on an artificial island in the Thames Estuary, to make way for a fast-expanding London and cut down on air and noise pollution, a new NGO report says.
The environment is key issue for voters
In what might be remembered as the year the political debate over the environment heated up, edie news trotted down to polling stations in two very different parts of London to quiz the voters on whether the planet mattered.
Ireland to tackle noise pollution with maps
Ireland is to begin making noise maps as the first step towards implementing European legislation on noise pollution.
Maps highlight noisy neighbourhoods
Ever wondered how much noise the traffic, railways and businesses near your home or workplace are creating?
EA to dish out eco-ASBOs
Environmental criminals such as fly tippers and vandals are to face the same restrictive punishment as anti-social yobs.
New maps to pin sound down in British cities
Decibel levels are to be charted along major roads in 20 English towns and cities as part of the Government plans to tackle noise pollution.
Andy Watson was recently named Energy Manager of the Year, on account of his resource-saving work for BAA Heathrow. Tom Idle found out how he earned the title
Aviation industry aims to build cleaner and quieter planes
The aviation industry has announced plans to cut emissions from new planes by 50% over the next 15 years and reduce noise pollution by a similar factor - but the gains will be lost as air travel soars to around triple its current level by 2035.
Edie environmental case law update (May 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News update of legal cases to impact the environmental industry sector in the UK, Europe and Internationally: UK nuclear case dismissed, Netherlands fails Wild Birds Directive, Greece fails to protect groundwater, Italy breaches waste rules, and Ireland receives 12 EU waste complaints.
Noise pollution: Westminster City Council v French Connection Retail Ltd
At the Divisional Court in London on 29 April 2005, French Connection Retail Ltd were brought before the court regarding an alleged breach of section 62(1)(b) of the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
The green vote
So just how green are the main political parties? In this election special, Claire Monkhouse finds out
Application No. 46117/99 Taskin and Others v Turkey: Authorities decision to issue mining permit violated Article 8 of Human Rights Convention
It was alleged by a total of 10 applicants from villages within the vicinity of a gold mine that the operating permits issued for the gold mine in Ovac1k, in the district of Izmir, Turkey and the related decision-making process had violated Articles 2 and 8 of the Convention of Human Rights.
Noise map will pinpoint traffic hotspots
The noisiest boroughs in London have been pinpointed by the Government in a new initiative to cut back noise pollution from traffic.
Jack Pease explains the changing nature of UK and European noise policy
Pay through the noise
Paying for only as much as you want has been extended from mobile phones to consultancy services. All you pay for is the time spent using the software, eliminating the need for up-front capital but still allowing maximum access to a state-of-the-art noise mapping system. Beverly La Ferla reports.
Brigade Fixes Another Noise Pollution Problem with bbs-tek®
“We’ve never had a complaint since and our client is extremely happy”, was the response from David Bell, General Manager at MJ Church, after fitting the revolutionary bbs-tek® from Brigade Electronics.
Science organisation criticises lack of knowledge of undersea noise pollution
Understanding of the extent and effects of human-induced noise pollution in the oceans is inadequate, particularly with regard to strandings by dolphins and whales, which are often blamed on naval sonar, according to the US-based science organisation, the National Academies.
New boat engine is environmentally-friendly
A new type of boat propulsion system that reduces emissions, removes the need for oil, has no propeller and reduces noise pollution, means that boating could become a little more environmentally-friendly.
Wind power: possibly not a viable option
Wind power is less viable than traditional fuels as an energy option. It is more expensive is unreliable, and requires 85 times as much land as traditional fossil fuels, according to a US independent research company.
Environment action plan needs more teeth, says Parliament
Europe’s Sixth Environment Action Programme still needs to be more concrete with explicit targets and stricter timetables, said members of the European Parliament in a debate on 16 January. Parliament should also have a stronger role, said the MEPs.
A year in Europe - looking back over the last 12 months
edie's news editor, Helen André, puts this years European news stories in perspective.
European Parliament repeats its demand for Noise Framework Directive
The European Parliament has repeated its demand for tough a Noise Framework Directive, previously rejected by the European Council, but has not specified the types of noise to be covered.
New technique will make quiet tyres to reduce noise pollution from motorways
US scientists have developed a new technique for analysing noise from car tyres, the first step towards designing quieter tyres which will cut down on noise pollution from busy roads.
Chronic noise pollution harms the health and well-being of children
Researchers have found that low-level chronic noise pollution resulting from everyday local traffic can have serious health implications for children, increasing levels of stress hormones, and raising blood pressure and heart rate.
European Commission hosts ‘Green Week’ experiment
The EC has held its first ‘Green Week’ attempting to engage European citizens with its plans for the environment and raise the subject’s general profile.
New pollution prevention regulations too vague
Although the new integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) regulations are vague in their requirements for the depth of reporting required from companies applying to carry out potentially polluting activities, firms which do not carry out sufficient surveys will leave themselves exposed to future problems, according to an environmental lawyer.
Environmental groups criticise European Parliament for failure over noise pollution legislation
Environmental organisations have strongly criticised the European Parliament for what they see as a failure to provide adequate protection for its electorate against noise pollution.
NGO’s believe new noise directive should be tougher
Two environmental NGO’s have welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for a Framework Directive on noise, but criticise it for being insufficiently tough. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and The Federation of Transport and Environment (T&E) say that the directive has failed to provide noise limit values, and it must broaden its scope to include all people suffering from noise pollution.
Sustainable Development panel hands UK government its final wish list
The UK Panel on Sustainable Development has published its final report. It lists its final wishes and reviews Government's progress on recommendations the panel has issued since its formation in 1994.
Daihatsu sells 3 of the UK's 10 greenest cars
Motorists seeking to reduce their contribution to UK greenhouse gas emissions, noise pollution and overall fuel consumption can find information on the web of the greenest cars currently available.
Greenpeace mounts legal challenge against UK government on oil threat to marine wildlife
Greenpeace is suing the UK Government for failing to protect whales, dolphins and other marine species from the impacts of oil exploration on the Atlantic Frontier. The action follows moves by the UK Government to further deregulate oil exploration.