As the incidence of respiratory and allergic symptoms has been reported to be increased in children attending schools in close proximity to busy roads, it was hypothesised that PM from roadside schools would display enhanced oxidative potential (OP). Two consecutive one-week air quality monitoring campaigns were conducted at seven school sampling sites, reflecting roadside and urban background in London.

Urban areas are responsible for significant amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but cities can have quite different values of carbon footprints. The purpose of this paper is to identify the determinants of urban GHG emissions in order to explain these differences. Seven global cities – Bangkok, Chicago, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan and New York City – have been included in the paper's sample. These cases have been chosen in order to represent a variety of characteristics and contexts of developed and developing countries and according to data availability.

Mamata finalises Annual Plan with Planning Commission
The Annual Plan for West Bengal for 2011-12 was on Wednesday finalised at Rs.22,214 crore at a meeting here between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

At this level, the State Plan outlay for the current fiscal works out to be over 23 per cent higher than the allocation of Rs

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Rotary Club of Thiruvalla has launched a series of charity schemes for the poor in the past one year, president Varghese Thomas Kalaikattil has said. He was presiding over the inaugural function of a drinking water supply scheme implemented by the club at Kaviyyor panchayat on Wednesday.

The project reaches potable water to 210 families belonging to the BPL category.

State of the Environment Report for London, June 2011.


Jaguar Land Rover, the luxurycar unit of India

The London Congestion Charging Scheme (CCS) – which charged for travel into central London and reduced traffic volume – showed little evidence that it improved air quality, according to a study published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI).

London: You may need gloves to drive your car after reading this

Scientists claim they may have finally found an "elixir of life" by discovering eight genes which could hold the key to a long and healthy life.

An international team, led by King's College London, has pinpointed the eight genetic variations which control the production of a crucial hormone which is linked to old age as well as diseases of the elderly.

The scientists believe that by manipula