General Reports and Other Publications
Defra: More consideration must be given to the links between climate change and air quality pollutants, according to a new report published by the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), which found that:
- Air quality pollutants, such as particulate matter & ozone, influence climate change, although current international climate change policies do not recognise these impacts.
- Hot summers like the 2003 heatwave are likely to become the norm by 2040
- It is essential that the interlinkages between emissions of air quality and climate change pollutants are recognised in assessments of the impacts of policies and developments for industry, transport, housing etc.
- Most measures that lead to a reduction in demand or an improvement in the efficiency of an activity or product, benefit both air quality and climate change
Press release ~ AQEG - Air quality and climate Change: a UK perspective ~ Defra Air quality groups, panels & fora ~ Air Quality Framework Directive ~ UK National Air Quality Archive ~ European Environment Agency
DTI: A study which examined how the ‘old’ Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) managed & used science as part of its planning and policy making process, has been published by Sir David King, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser.
The final report will now be handed to ODPM's successor, Communities and Local Government (CLG) to assist it in its development & use of science. This report is the fourth in a series looking at how each Government department can continue to improve its use of science.
Press release ~ Science review of DCLG
CLG: Results of the Fire and Rescue Service performance assessment released by the Audit Commission have been welcomed by the government. 85% of Fire & Rescue Authorities have been assessed as performing strongly or well in the management & use of their financial resources. All are delivering value for money.
The Audit Commission's report also says that the service has increasingly worked well with partners on community fire safety initiatives. Good results have been achieved in increasing home fire risk assessments and reducing arson. They have also contributed effectively to crime reduction and road safety through working with children and young people.
Press release ~ Audit Commission performance assessment ~ DCLG – Fire and Resilience ~ Fire Gateway