Sahara dust: Defra issues warning over "very high" pollution levels in Essex

The smog is expected to hit parts of Essex

The smog is expected to hit parts of Essex

First published in Echo News
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THE worst air pollution in 60 years is set to sweep through parts of Essex tomorrow threatening the health of the sick and vulnerable.

Defra has warned people to be braced for "very high" levels of air pollution over the next few days.

The East of England, including parts of Essex, are among the worst-affected areas, but large swathes of England and Wales will see high levels of pollution, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.

The elevated pollution levels have been caused by a combination of light south-easterly winds, the continental air flow and dust which has blown up from the Sahara desert, a spokeswoman said.

Westcliff GP, Dr Marimuthu Velmurugan, has warned people with asthma to wear a mask if they venture outside.

He said: "Anyone with asthma or a chronic airway disease should wear a mask if they are going outside. But people should try to stay indoors, especially during daylight."

The Defra forecast added: "The current elevated pollution levels over parts of the UK are caused by light winds allowing the build-up of pollution, plus dust from the Sahara contributing to pollution levels."

The high levels of pollution are expected to continue across East Anglia and the Midlands on Thursday.

But the air pollution is expected to ebb away by Friday.

However, people with heart and lung conditions have been warned to avoid strenuous activity.

This week people found their cars to be covered in a light coating of red dust. The Met Office said that a large amount of sand and dust was swept up by storm winds in the Sahara Desert.

Experts said that the airborne particles of dust were blown north to the UK where they combined with our warm air and were deposited during showers.

A Defra spokeswoman said: "The high level of air pollution this week is due to a combination of local emissions, light winds, pollution from the continent and dust blown over from the Sahara.

"We want to keep improving air quality and have introduced a new five-day forecast service in addition to investing heavily in local and transport initiatives to tackle this issue head-on."

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7:03pm Tue 1 Apr 14

rocket1 says...

i remember the pea-soupers in tilbury in the sixties,everyone had a coal fire,the air was shocking.
i remember the pea-soupers in tilbury in the sixties,everyone had a coal fire,the air was shocking. rocket1
  • Score: 9

7:07pm Tue 1 Apr 14

cynic all says...

Load of old claptrap .
Load of old claptrap . cynic all
  • Score: 21

7:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Best stay off the roads then tomorrow.
Best stay off the roads then tomorrow. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

8:14pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

Flap flap, panic. I wish all these doom mongers would find someting else to do with their lives!!!!!
Flap flap, panic. I wish all these doom mongers would find someting else to do with their lives!!!!! Ontheball
  • Score: 20

8:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

cynic all wrote:
Load of old claptrap .
Love it. Totally agree.

Don't you just love it when the thumbs-downers get all bent out of shape

;D

Anyway, the Sahara dust was here yesterday, had to get it cleaned off my car.
[quote][p][bold]cynic all[/bold] wrote: Load of old claptrap .[/p][/quote]Love it. Totally agree. Don't you just love it when the thumbs-downers get all bent out of shape ;D Anyway, the Sahara dust was here yesterday, had to get it cleaned off my car. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

8:19pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Ontheball wrote:
Flap flap, panic. I wish all these doom mongers would find someting else to do with their lives!!!!!
My sentiments exactly.

But it winds up the lefties every time.

Anything to do with climate and planet saving.. Funny thing is lefties are getting their knickers in a twist over floods and winds and the ice caps melting but are singularly unconcerned about being taken over by alien religious nutjobs.
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Flap flap, panic. I wish all these doom mongers would find someting else to do with their lives!!!!![/p][/quote]My sentiments exactly. But it winds up the lefties every time. Anything to do with climate and planet saving.. Funny thing is lefties are getting their knickers in a twist over floods and winds and the ice caps melting but are singularly unconcerned about being taken over by alien religious nutjobs. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 6

8:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

All part of the the big change, in our weather system....
All part of the the big change, in our weather system.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -8

9:13pm Tue 1 Apr 14

saveDeanesschool says...

I blame Essex County Council...
I blame Essex County Council... saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 57

9:24pm Tue 1 Apr 14

greenbroker says...

I don't need to read the Gazette for this kind of information. What a load of scaremongering. The information is readily available on weather apps and websites. http://www.essexweat
her.com/
Does this mean we should all stay at home and live in an oxygen tent Wednesday?
I don't need to read the Gazette for this kind of information. What a load of scaremongering. The information is readily available on weather apps and websites. http://www.essexweat her.com/ Does this mean we should all stay at home and live in an oxygen tent Wednesday? greenbroker
  • Score: 7

9:28pm Tue 1 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i think thats sea mist in the photo with the story and not smog.
i think thats sea mist in the photo with the story and not smog. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 15

10:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mr_happy says...

Is it any surprise there is pollution? with all those idiots in the Ukraine burning thousands of old tyres.
Is it any surprise there is pollution? with all those idiots in the Ukraine burning thousands of old tyres. mr_happy
  • Score: 11

11:05pm Tue 1 Apr 14

the mighty wah says...

I blame Silk Road.
I blame Silk Road. the mighty wah
  • Score: 8

11:32pm Tue 1 Apr 14

hayleyed says...

Can't see how this is "scaremongering" Even the national weather has expressed concern. Oh well, we'll just ignore it and when asthmatics and others alike are struggling to breathe, we'll just tell them to get a grip it's just the climate change.... Or do the sensible thing and warn those that have trouble breathing day to day so they don't end up gasping for breathe, in hospital or dead....
Can't see how this is "scaremongering" Even the national weather has expressed concern. Oh well, we'll just ignore it and when asthmatics and others alike are struggling to breathe, we'll just tell them to get a grip it's just the climate change.... Or do the sensible thing and warn those that have trouble breathing day to day so they don't end up gasping for breathe, in hospital or dead.... hayleyed
  • Score: 18

12:19am Wed 2 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
All part of the the big change, in our weather system....
Take a gasp idiots, you will all reap the rewards of your complacent attitudes...You children will be hiding from the sun, wearing gas masks, and becoming experts, at surviving...
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: All part of the the big change, in our weather system....[/p][/quote]Take a gasp idiots, you will all reap the rewards of your complacent attitudes...You children will be hiding from the sun, wearing gas masks, and becoming experts, at surviving... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 10

12:25am Wed 2 Apr 14

emcee says...

Putting aside the fact that this article scrapes the bottom of the sensationalist barrel, why have the Echo attached a picture of normal sea fog when referring to smog???.
Can the Echo really be this bad? How on earth does the editor get away with it?
Putting aside the fact that this article scrapes the bottom of the sensationalist barrel, why have the Echo attached a picture of normal sea fog when referring to smog???. Can the Echo really be this bad? How on earth does the editor get away with it? emcee
  • Score: 5

12:32am Wed 2 Apr 14

beppo1 says...

Oh dear...have we all got to go out after dark? Not safe!!
Oh dear...have we all got to go out after dark? Not safe!! beppo1
  • Score: -5

12:34am Wed 2 Apr 14

beppo1 says...

Does that me we all have to go out when it's dark? Not safe!!
Does that me we all have to go out when it's dark? Not safe!! beppo1
  • Score: -7

12:36am Wed 2 Apr 14

beppo1 says...

Sorry...mean!
Sorry...mean! beppo1
  • Score: -2

6:23am Wed 2 Apr 14

Rainbow 90 says...

The smog is already really bad this morning so actually it's not a load of rubbish...
The smog is already really bad this morning so actually it's not a load of rubbish... Rainbow 90
  • Score: 14

6:33am Wed 2 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Basildon Hospital has reported a huge rise, in asthma related complaints..
Basildon Hospital has reported a huge rise, in asthma related complaints.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

7:09am Wed 2 Apr 14

whateverhappened says...

Bunch of dumb nuts.. fine dust blown up from the desert (FOREIGN dust no wonder kim chirps up) is bound to cause problems for people with respiratory problems. Most of won't notice anything apart from a dirty car, but if kimbo does take a DEEP breath and count to 10 before posting she might be in trouble.
Bunch of dumb nuts.. fine dust blown up from the desert (FOREIGN dust no wonder kim chirps up) is bound to cause problems for people with respiratory problems. Most of won't notice anything apart from a dirty car, but if kimbo does take a DEEP breath and count to 10 before posting she might be in trouble. whateverhappened
  • Score: -4

8:08am Wed 2 Apr 14

Drunken Master says...

Surprised it hasn't been blamed on the people of Chafford using their fancy BBQ's and patio heaters.
Surprised it hasn't been blamed on the people of Chafford using their fancy BBQ's and patio heaters. Drunken Master
  • Score: 0

8:42am Wed 2 Apr 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Just waiting to see how many people phone in sick this morning
Just waiting to see how many people phone in sick this morning The Stinker Returns
  • Score: -2

9:21am Wed 2 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Looks ok out there to me
Looks ok out there to me InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 2

9:32am Wed 2 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Pollution is an issue that affects everyone. Anyone who shrugs the issue off as some sort of propaganda or someone else’s problem demonstrates a attitude of short-termism. Changes in weather patterns alone show the effect mankind is having on the planet.

We need better (and cheaper) public transport links and more investment in green technology. Out reliance on fossil fuels will only end in tears.

And there's no use in blaming it all on China either – Europe needs to make a stand and start heavily taxing cheap Chinese imports. It's the only way we have of forcing such countries to do something about the way they manufacture. Hitting them where is hurts most will make them listen.
Pollution is an issue that affects everyone. Anyone who shrugs the issue off as some sort of propaganda or someone else’s problem demonstrates a attitude of short-termism. Changes in weather patterns alone show the effect mankind is having on the planet. We need better (and cheaper) public transport links and more investment in green technology. Out reliance on fossil fuels will only end in tears. And there's no use in blaming it all on China either – Europe needs to make a stand and start heavily taxing cheap Chinese imports. It's the only way we have of forcing such countries to do something about the way they manufacture. Hitting them where is hurts most will make them listen. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 11

9:52am Wed 2 Apr 14

Old Pear Primitives says...

Sea mist or not, they are only trying to warn people with chest problems. If it's a load of clap-trap, then so be it...but I will be telling my daughter who has asthma. And my car was covered in the dust they mentioned from the Sahara. It's happened before, a few times...
Why are people so quick to dismiss things as rubbish?! Ok, let's wait and see what it's like when we get up tomorrow...then scoff!!
Sea mist or not, they are only trying to warn people with chest problems. If it's a load of clap-trap, then so be it...but I will be telling my daughter who has asthma. And my car was covered in the dust they mentioned from the Sahara. It's happened before, a few times... Why are people so quick to dismiss things as rubbish?! Ok, let's wait and see what it's like when we get up tomorrow...then scoff!! Old Pear Primitives
  • Score: 13

10:07am Wed 2 Apr 14

railfan235 says...

this is why asthmatics have asthma pumps the echo should warn people to carry them with them i see the ambo service is going to be busy today i am carrying my asthma pumps with me today and if the people who are asthmatics dony carry there pumps with them well its there fault if they curl up and die in the street

p.s by the way echo this is the crappiest report i have ever seen also get your weather reports from the met office not defra
this is why asthmatics have asthma pumps the echo should warn people to carry them with them i see the ambo service is going to be busy today i am carrying my asthma pumps with me today and if the people who are asthmatics dony carry there pumps with them well its there fault if they curl up and die in the street p.s by the way echo this is the crappiest report i have ever seen also get your weather reports from the met office not defra railfan235
  • Score: -7

10:26am Wed 2 Apr 14

Snowthorne says...

40+years ago we were wiping dust
attributed to Sahara sand from our
cars in the mornings, so this is nothing
new.Certainly not climate change!!
40+years ago we were wiping dust attributed to Sahara sand from our cars in the mornings, so this is nothing new.Certainly not climate change!! Snowthorne
  • Score: 3

11:01am Wed 2 Apr 14

Jb66 says...

Not liking the flippant posts regarding asthma it's a very serious condition and can be fatal. This is just a warning for asthma sufferers and people with breathing problems and that's how it should be. My car was covered in sand yesterday so it's already here.
Not liking the flippant posts regarding asthma it's a very serious condition and can be fatal. This is just a warning for asthma sufferers and people with breathing problems and that's how it should be. My car was covered in sand yesterday so it's already here. Jb66
  • Score: 11

11:30am Wed 2 Apr 14

essexmilfhunter says...

Chemtrails are to blame!
Chemtrails are to blame! essexmilfhunter
  • Score: 1

11:32am Wed 2 Apr 14

Alekhine says...

April fools?
April fools? Alekhine
  • Score: -9

1:30pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Hatpeg says...

rocket1 wrote:
i remember the pea-soupers in tilbury in the sixties,everyone had a coal fire,the air was shocking.
Pea-souper?
" No thank you constable, I've just had one".
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: i remember the pea-soupers in tilbury in the sixties,everyone had a coal fire,the air was shocking.[/p][/quote]Pea-souper? " No thank you constable, I've just had one". Hatpeg
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

The shape of things to come with the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country. More people producing more c**p, more filthy shoeboxes, less trees to gobble up the CO2 - sooner or later the lefties / labour will have their nirvana - mass immigration leading to a concrete polluted smog-covered hellhole all over what used to be the green and pleasant land called England.
The shape of things to come with the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country. More people producing more c**p, more filthy shoeboxes, less trees to gobble up the CO2 - sooner or later the lefties / labour will have their nirvana - mass immigration leading to a concrete polluted smog-covered hellhole all over what used to be the green and pleasant land called England. Sensible Man
  • Score: -2

2:59pm Wed 2 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Sensible Man wrote:
The shape of things to come with the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country. More people producing more c**p, more filthy shoeboxes, less trees to gobble up the CO2 - sooner or later the lefties / labour will have their nirvana - mass immigration leading to a concrete polluted smog-covered hellhole all over what used to be the green and pleasant land called England.
Please consider your fast passing, make room for another moaning tw1t
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: The shape of things to come with the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country. More people producing more c**p, more filthy shoeboxes, less trees to gobble up the CO2 - sooner or later the lefties / labour will have their nirvana - mass immigration leading to a concrete polluted smog-covered hellhole all over what used to be the green and pleasant land called England.[/p][/quote]Please consider your fast passing, make room for another moaning tw1t carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

3:35pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

Jubilation / Lord Mountfield / carnmount... blah blah blah - I really do find it hard to believe that you are seriously as ridiculous as your posts suggest. I assume that - given the speed with which you post on items - you are just an individual who has far too much spare time on their hands and pretends to be some sort of devils advocate. Have you ever considered going out and getting a JOB?? Do you know what that is?? Have you ever had one?

Can you PLEASE just go away from the Echo website and leave it for people with a genuine opinion?

PS. Lord Jubilocarnblah blah blah - is it not time for you to change your log-in again? Must be well overdue.
Jubilation / Lord Mountfield / carnmount... blah blah blah - I really do find it hard to believe that you are seriously as ridiculous as your posts suggest. I assume that - given the speed with which you post on items - you are just an individual who has far too much spare time on their hands and pretends to be some sort of devils advocate. Have you ever considered going out and getting a JOB?? Do you know what that is?? Have you ever had one? Can you PLEASE just go away from the Echo website and leave it for people with a genuine opinion? PS. Lord Jubilocarnblah blah blah - is it not time for you to change your log-in again? Must be well overdue. Sensible Man
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Alekhine wrote:
April fools?
Er, that was yesterday...

and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: April fools?[/p][/quote]Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

4:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

emmielou1983 says...

I live in Basildon and wiped sand off my car which was weird but I didn't see obvious smog/fog in the air. Hope everyone with breathing problems stay safe and heed the warnings.
I live in Basildon and wiped sand off my car which was weird but I didn't see obvious smog/fog in the air. Hope everyone with breathing problems stay safe and heed the warnings. emmielou1983
  • Score: 4

4:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

tophat27dt says...

I also dont consider a bit of sand in the air as pollutive smog. There is some sea fog around but mainly when I checked all the airports in the UK, the visibility was showing as more than 10 kilometres, so no sign of any thick smog. The press fall for it everytime!
I also dont consider a bit of sand in the air as pollutive smog. There is some sea fog around but mainly when I checked all the airports in the UK, the visibility was showing as more than 10 kilometres, so no sign of any thick smog. The press fall for it everytime! tophat27dt
  • Score: 0

5:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Alekhine says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Alekhine wrote: April fools?
Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?
Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: April fools?[/p][/quote]Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?[/p][/quote]Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke. Alekhine
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Alekhine wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Alekhine wrote: April fools?
Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?
Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.
No, it wasn't.

http://uk-air.defra.
gov.uk/
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: April fools?[/p][/quote]Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?[/p][/quote]Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.[/p][/quote]No, it wasn't. http://uk-air.defra. gov.uk/ Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Alekhine says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Alekhine wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Alekhine wrote: April fools?
Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?
Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.
No, it wasn't. http://uk-air.defra. gov.uk/
My COMMENT was meant as a joke - Jeez.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: April fools?[/p][/quote]Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?[/p][/quote]Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.[/p][/quote]No, it wasn't. http://uk-air.defra. gov.uk/[/p][/quote]My COMMENT was meant as a joke - Jeez. Alekhine
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

_champagne2 says...

hayleyed wrote:
Can't see how this is "scaremongeringWell I'm asthmatic and I went out today and survived. No trouble breathing either. Frankly I think it is clap trap the sand dust was here yesterday as my husband came home and hosed the car down
[quote][p][bold]hayleyed[/bold] wrote: Can't see how this is "scaremongeringWell I'm asthmatic and I went out today and survived. No trouble breathing either. Frankly I think it is clap trap the sand dust was here yesterday as my husband came home and hosed the car down _champagne2
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Wed 2 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
All part of the the big change, in our weather system....
Take a gasp idiots, you will all reap the rewards of your complacent attitudes...You children will be hiding from the sun, wearing gas masks, and becoming experts, at surviving...
.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: All part of the the big change, in our weather system....[/p][/quote]Take a gasp idiots, you will all reap the rewards of your complacent attitudes...You children will be hiding from the sun, wearing gas masks, and becoming experts, at surviving...[/p][/quote]. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

jeez it only some bloody dust
jeez it only some bloody dust Suffolkcommuter
  • Score: 2

8:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
The shape of things to come with the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country. More people producing more c**p, more filthy shoeboxes, less trees to gobble up the CO2 - sooner or later the lefties / labour will have their nirvana - mass immigration leading to a concrete polluted smog-covered hellhole all over what used to be the green and pleasant land called England.
*the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country'

What a very telling statement..

How many hours a day do you allot to self- flagellation?
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: The shape of things to come with the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country. More people producing more c**p, more filthy shoeboxes, less trees to gobble up the CO2 - sooner or later the lefties / labour will have their nirvana - mass immigration leading to a concrete polluted smog-covered hellhole all over what used to be the green and pleasant land called England.[/p][/quote]*the disgusting filthy explosion in the population of this country' What a very telling statement.. How many hours a day do you allot to self- flagellation? ThisYear
  • Score: -4

8:35pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Alekhine wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Alekhine wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Alekhine wrote: April fools?
Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?
Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.
No, it wasn't. http://uk-air.defra. gov.uk/
My COMMENT was meant as a joke - Jeez.
You're not known for being funny are you?

Weird yes... but not funny!
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: April fools?[/p][/quote]Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?[/p][/quote]Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.[/p][/quote]No, it wasn't. http://uk-air.defra. gov.uk/[/p][/quote]My COMMENT was meant as a joke - Jeez.[/p][/quote]You're not known for being funny are you? Weird yes... but not funny! ThisYear
  • Score: -5

9:14pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

This Year -

To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts.

I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy.

If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there.

Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require?

P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).
This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them). Sensible Man
  • Score: 2

10:50pm Wed 2 Apr 14

pendulum says...

I've been out working all day and I can feel the soreness in the back of my throat now.Smog was visible too. Turns out they were right... we don't want too many more days like that.
I've been out working all day and I can feel the soreness in the back of my throat now.Smog was visible too. Turns out they were right... we don't want too many more days like that. pendulum
  • Score: 2

12:47am Thu 3 Apr 14

Assimilation says...

Could someone explain why they are calling a bit of sea mist and a sprinkle of sand smog ? As far as I know , smog was made up from two words/things, smoke and fog. Something that was rife back in the 60`s when nearly everything was coal fired but today nothing is powered by coal.

And as for saying we are passing the buck is a bit rich considering the EU are taking the UK to the European court for polution when the dust is blowing in from the Sahara and the pollution is being blown here from the Continent.
Could someone explain why they are calling a bit of sea mist and a sprinkle of sand smog ? As far as I know , smog was made up from two words/things, smoke and fog. Something that was rife back in the 60`s when nearly everything was coal fired but today nothing is powered by coal. And as for saying we are passing the buck is a bit rich considering the EU are taking the UK to the European court for polution when the dust is blowing in from the Sahara and the pollution is being blown here from the Continent. Assimilation
  • Score: -3

7:36am Thu 3 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

The word 'Smog' covered a number of examples of air pollution, not just smoke mixed with fog. Modern smog is the product of vehicle emissions and industrial by-products that react in the atmosphere with sunlight and the fine particles of sand help to hold it in the atmosphere.

It can be extremely dangerous to people with breathing problems, including asthma, and to the elderly. It can, in some cases, cause birth defects. In the UK it is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths per year.

The UK is top of the list for excessive concentrates of nitrous dioxide. This is why we face billions in fines from the EU. We've failed to meet targets – it's nothing to do with anything “being blown here from the Continent”.
The word 'Smog' covered a number of examples of air pollution, not just smoke mixed with fog. Modern smog is the product of vehicle emissions and industrial by-products that react in the atmosphere with sunlight and the fine particles of sand help to hold it in the atmosphere. It can be extremely dangerous to people with breathing problems, including asthma, and to the elderly. It can, in some cases, cause birth defects. In the UK it is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths per year. The UK is top of the list for excessive concentrates of nitrous dioxide. This is why we face billions in fines from the EU. We've failed to meet targets – it's nothing to do with anything “being blown here from the Continent”. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

8:32am Thu 3 Apr 14

UndergroundOverground says...

Sensible Man wrote:
This Year -

To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts.

I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy.

If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there.

Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require?

P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).
Calls himself sensible and tells others to vote ukip, oh the irony.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).[/p][/quote]Calls himself sensible and tells others to vote ukip, oh the irony. UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 3

9:44am Thu 3 Apr 14

wormshero says...

Sensible Man wrote:
This Year -

To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts.

I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy.

If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there.

Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require?

P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).
Ukip have basically scrapped their own manifesto because even their leader came to realise how stupid it was. They may be "something different" but they're a directionless different that would, if elected, do huge amounts of damage to this country. Why anyone would vote for them is beyond me.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).[/p][/quote]Ukip have basically scrapped their own manifesto because even their leader came to realise how stupid it was. They may be "something different" but they're a directionless different that would, if elected, do huge amounts of damage to this country. Why anyone would vote for them is beyond me. wormshero
  • Score: -1

11:34am Thu 3 Apr 14

Jb66 says...

Alekhine wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Alekhine wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Alekhine wrote: April fools?
Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?
Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.
No, it wasn't. http://uk-air.defra. gov.uk/
My COMMENT was meant as a joke - Jeez.
OMG get a grip people. Playtime's nearly over back to class.
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: April fools?[/p][/quote]Er, that was yesterday... and I hardly think there is a possibility of people simultaneously chucking sand over cars right from central London into Essex and the rest of East Anglia, do you?[/p][/quote]Er - The date on the article is 1st April. - and it was mean't as a joke.[/p][/quote]No, it wasn't. http://uk-air.defra. gov.uk/[/p][/quote]My COMMENT was meant as a joke - Jeez.[/p][/quote]OMG get a grip people. Playtime's nearly over back to class. Jb66
  • Score: 2

12:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Feminism is Dead says...

I blame it on the Boogie
I blame it on the Boogie Feminism is Dead
  • Score: -1

1:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Assimilation says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
The word 'Smog' covered a number of examples of air pollution, not just smoke mixed with fog. Modern smog is the product of vehicle emissions and industrial by-products that react in the atmosphere with sunlight and the fine particles of sand help to hold it in the atmosphere.

It can be extremely dangerous to people with breathing problems, including asthma, and to the elderly. It can, in some cases, cause birth defects. In the UK it is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths per year.

The UK is top of the list for excessive concentrates of nitrous dioxide. This is why we face billions in fines from the EU. We've failed to meet targets – it's nothing to do with anything “being blown here from the Continent”.
Then we need to come out of the EU and tell them where to stick it. We have had enough of being told what we can and cannot do by faceless, unelected, expensive bureaucrats. Lets get back to being Great Britain instead of a EU cash cow
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: The word 'Smog' covered a number of examples of air pollution, not just smoke mixed with fog. Modern smog is the product of vehicle emissions and industrial by-products that react in the atmosphere with sunlight and the fine particles of sand help to hold it in the atmosphere. It can be extremely dangerous to people with breathing problems, including asthma, and to the elderly. It can, in some cases, cause birth defects. In the UK it is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths per year. The UK is top of the list for excessive concentrates of nitrous dioxide. This is why we face billions in fines from the EU. We've failed to meet targets – it's nothing to do with anything “being blown here from the Continent”.[/p][/quote]Then we need to come out of the EU and tell them where to stick it. We have had enough of being told what we can and cannot do by faceless, unelected, expensive bureaucrats. Lets get back to being Great Britain instead of a EU cash cow Assimilation
  • Score: -1

1:14pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Assimilation wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
The word 'Smog' covered a number of examples of air pollution, not just smoke mixed with fog. Modern smog is the product of vehicle emissions and industrial by-products that react in the atmosphere with sunlight and the fine particles of sand help to hold it in the atmosphere.

It can be extremely dangerous to people with breathing problems, including asthma, and to the elderly. It can, in some cases, cause birth defects. In the UK it is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths per year.

The UK is top of the list for excessive concentrates of nitrous dioxide. This is why we face billions in fines from the EU. We've failed to meet targets – it's nothing to do with anything “being blown here from the Continent”.
Then we need to come out of the EU and tell them where to stick it. We have had enough of being told what we can and cannot do by faceless, unelected, expensive bureaucrats. Lets get back to being Great Britain instead of a EU cash cow
Unelected? Wrong. The current President, for example, had unanimous backing from the 27 EU leaders, all of which were voted into power.

All our MEP's are also elected.
[quote][p][bold]Assimilation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: The word 'Smog' covered a number of examples of air pollution, not just smoke mixed with fog. Modern smog is the product of vehicle emissions and industrial by-products that react in the atmosphere with sunlight and the fine particles of sand help to hold it in the atmosphere. It can be extremely dangerous to people with breathing problems, including asthma, and to the elderly. It can, in some cases, cause birth defects. In the UK it is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths per year. The UK is top of the list for excessive concentrates of nitrous dioxide. This is why we face billions in fines from the EU. We've failed to meet targets – it's nothing to do with anything “being blown here from the Continent”.[/p][/quote]Then we need to come out of the EU and tell them where to stick it. We have had enough of being told what we can and cannot do by faceless, unelected, expensive bureaucrats. Lets get back to being Great Britain instead of a EU cash cow[/p][/quote]Unelected? Wrong. The current President, for example, had unanimous backing from the 27 EU leaders, all of which were voted into power. All our MEP's are also elected. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: -1

6:42pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
This Year -

To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts.

I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy.

If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there.

Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require?

P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).
Perhaps the not 'understanding' is what makes my posts appear cryptic to you..?

This country will change..some will think its for the worse, others for the better..the main thing is we have to accept whatever happens...as for Ukip..if a comet were to hit the earth and they were to get elected while everyone else were busy surviving, they would soon fit into the same rut as the other parties..

This country will fill up and those who can adapt will, those who can leave will (ironically become immigrants in others countries) and those who can't do neither will remain on forums like this moaning about fields, foreigners, Travellers and everything else as they fade from existence.

Is that better or worse? Who knows.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).[/p][/quote]Perhaps the not 'understanding' is what makes my posts appear cryptic to you..? This country will change..some will think its for the worse, others for the better..the main thing is we have to accept whatever happens...as for Ukip..if a comet were to hit the earth and they were to get elected while everyone else were busy surviving, they would soon fit into the same rut as the other parties.. This country will fill up and those who can adapt will, those who can leave will (ironically become immigrants in others countries) and those who can't do neither will remain on forums like this moaning about fields, foreigners, Travellers and everything else as they fade from existence. Is that better or worse? Who knows. ThisYear
  • Score: -1

11:11pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Assimilation says...

Ritchie_Hicks says...
Unelected? Wrong. The current President, for example, had unanimous backing from the 27 EU leaders, all of which were voted into power.All our MEP's are also elected.
MEP`s might be elected by the people voting. But the President? no, not by the people. He or she is elected by the MEP`s. So to us they are an unelected, expensive bureaucrat.
But this has nothing to do with the so called SMOG, so lets get back to that and what happened to it today ?
Ritchie_Hicks says... Unelected? Wrong. The current President, for example, had unanimous backing from the 27 EU leaders, all of which were voted into power.All our MEP's are also elected. MEP`s might be elected by the people voting. But the President? no, not by the people. He or she is elected by the MEP`s. So to us they are an unelected, expensive bureaucrat. But this has nothing to do with the so called SMOG, so lets get back to that and what happened to it today ? Assimilation
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Alekhine says...

ThisYear wrote:
Sensible Man wrote: This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).
Perhaps the not 'understanding' is what makes my posts appear cryptic to you..? This country will change..some will think its for the worse, others for the better..the main thing is we have to accept whatever happens...as for Ukip..if a comet were to hit the earth and they were to get elected while everyone else were busy surviving, they would soon fit into the same rut as the other parties.. This country will fill up and those who can adapt will, those who can leave will (ironically become immigrants in others countries) and those who can't do neither will remain on forums like this moaning about fields, foreigners, Travellers and everything else as they fade from existence. Is that better or worse? Who knows.
Tell that to the Australians.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).[/p][/quote]Perhaps the not 'understanding' is what makes my posts appear cryptic to you..? This country will change..some will think its for the worse, others for the better..the main thing is we have to accept whatever happens...as for Ukip..if a comet were to hit the earth and they were to get elected while everyone else were busy surviving, they would soon fit into the same rut as the other parties.. This country will fill up and those who can adapt will, those who can leave will (ironically become immigrants in others countries) and those who can't do neither will remain on forums like this moaning about fields, foreigners, Travellers and everything else as they fade from existence. Is that better or worse? Who knows.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the Australians. Alekhine
  • Score: -1

10:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Alekhine wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
Sensible Man wrote: This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).
Perhaps the not 'understanding' is what makes my posts appear cryptic to you..? This country will change..some will think its for the worse, others for the better..the main thing is we have to accept whatever happens...as for Ukip..if a comet were to hit the earth and they were to get elected while everyone else were busy surviving, they would soon fit into the same rut as the other parties.. This country will fill up and those who can adapt will, those who can leave will (ironically become immigrants in others countries) and those who can't do neither will remain on forums like this moaning about fields, foreigners, Travellers and everything else as they fade from existence. Is that better or worse? Who knows.
Tell that to the Australians.
Now that is a cryptic post!
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: This Year - To be honest I never really understand your "cryptic" posts. I care about the population because I care about the environment that we, our children, and grand-children are going to live in. I hope we will continue to have a halfway nice country with lots of countryside, seaside, and general open space to enjoy. If the population continues to grow to 70, 80, 90 million it is more likely that we will all be doomed to an urban concrete hell-hole with a few little parks dotted here and there. Is that what you are looking forward to? Instead of your usual silly replies - are you in favour of unlimited population growth in this country and the environmental destruction that that will inevitably require? P.S. Please vote UKIP everyone - the useless LIB / LAB / CONs seem to be in a bizarre race as to who can concrete over as much of this country as quickly as possible. UKIP just MAY be different (I don't know but the big three are now as close together as it is possible to be - shoebox lovers all of them).[/p][/quote]Perhaps the not 'understanding' is what makes my posts appear cryptic to you..? This country will change..some will think its for the worse, others for the better..the main thing is we have to accept whatever happens...as for Ukip..if a comet were to hit the earth and they were to get elected while everyone else were busy surviving, they would soon fit into the same rut as the other parties.. This country will fill up and those who can adapt will, those who can leave will (ironically become immigrants in others countries) and those who can't do neither will remain on forums like this moaning about fields, foreigners, Travellers and everything else as they fade from existence. Is that better or worse? Who knows.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the Australians.[/p][/quote]Now that is a cryptic post! ThisYear
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