Brian McHugh writes about the devastating impact air pollution has on people’s health, with research revealing it can lead to asthma, heart disease and strokes. A greater effort is needed to combat air pollution and climate change, and many students in Yorkshire have already begun campaigning for cleaner air.
Author: Brian McHugh
Brian has lived in North Yorkshire for over 10 years. He is very interested in climate related issues and has recently edited a climate book due for release later this year. Air pollution and chemical pollution are particular areas of interest for him.
Brian McHugh writes about the impact of Covid-19 on the class of 2021; exams have been cancelled, grades are determined in a new way, and a huge burden has been placed on both students, parents and teachers, which will likely affect wellbeing and mental health.
We all like hot, lazy summer days, but the UK temperature is rising rapidly. The risk to human life, as well as the impact on pets and wildlife, needs to be of paramount concern
Brian McHugh explains how rivers, such as those in Yorkshire, are being affected by sewage pollution that has been discharged by water companies. There have, for a long time, been campaigns in the UK for the government to protect rivers and waterways.
Brian McHugh examines the issue of declining sperm count throughout the Western world, and what this means for the future. “The current state of reproductive affairs can’t continue much longer without threatening human survival”
Brian McHugh asks if now is the time to be expanding the Leeds-Bradford airport: “Net zero emissions needs to be changed to zero emissions. The time is coming for an ethical and legal re-think on fossil fuel expansion plans. No longer can we continue to build for a fossil fuel reliant future.”
News that McDonald’s will be phasing out the use of toxic chemicals in its packaging is to be welcomed. But many food products in UK supermarkets still contain these chemicals. What can we do?
Brian McHugh discusses how climate change is already impacting Yorkshire, and what is being done by local organisers to counter it.