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This article focuses on information specific to the United Kingdom. Please see our Environment quality page for a topic overview.

Environmental inequality in the United Kingdom[edit]

UK environmental inequalities refers to the way in which the quality of the environment differs between different communities in the UK.

Examples of environmental inequalities in the UK include: Access to parks, green spaces and the natural environment; Exposure to flood risk; Air pollution; Exposure to harmful chemicals; Transport-related problems and Proximity to waste and landfill sites.

Responses to UK environmental inequalities have included NGO's, academia and government. W


Pesticide-free towns and cities,

UK Noise Association


Apps for sustainability[edit]

FixMyStreet - LitterGram

Citizens data initiative[edit]

UK AIR, air quality information resource, Defra


How clean is the air where you are?

NightBlight, CPRE

UK Ambient Air Quality Interactive Map, Defra UK, government site

What's in Your Backyard? Local and national environmental data from the Environment Agency


News and comment[edit]


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Oct 13 Don’t frack with us: meet the victorious activist ‘Nanas’ of Lancashire [1]

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Sep 10 Somerset: If a corporation can have "legal personhood", so can a river. And not just the River Ganges... but the River Frome too. [2]

Feb 5 UK parents 'worryingly unaware' of damage from air pollution [3]

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Jan 4 Local councils heading for fracking showdown with government. Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome [4]


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Climate action UK: Top climate scientist blasts UK’s fracking plans as 'aping Trump’, Oct 13 [5]

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Campaigners celebrate as oil drilling at Surrey Hills site is blocked, Sep 4 [6]


London news: London considering car-free days in effort to tackle deadly pollution problem, May 15 [7]

Deposit return scheme in fight against plastic, Mar 28 [8]


London news: London trials free water bottle refills in bid to cut plastic waste, Mar 15 [9]

Most UK parents back air pollution exclusion zones around schools, Feb 26 [10]

Government air quality plan ruled ‘unlawful’, Feb 21 [11]

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Scotland to ban all plastic straws as Holyrood backs Sunday Mail campaign, Feb 11 [12]

25-Year Environment Plan inquiry launched, Feb 1 [13]

Plastic bottles: Free water refill points rolled out to cut waste, Jan 25 [14]



London news: Sadiq Khan to tell London councils they should ban fracking, Nov 26 [15]


Berkshire: Slough council unveils Low Emission Strategy, Nov 27 [16]

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution, Nov 7 [17]

Revealed: government spent £370,000 losing air pollution legal battles, Oct 23 [18]

Pollution is killing 50,000 people in the UK every year, Oct 20 [19]

ClientEarth threatens UK with legal action as councils miss air pollution targets, Oct 19 [20]

UK citizens are taking air pollution monitoring into their own hands, Sep 1 [21]

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Bristol news: Bristol’s rubbish heroes, Jun 22 [22]


London news: Mayor plans to introduce Ultra Low Emission Zone in April 2019, Apr 4 [23]


Cars don’t just choke our children – they tear a hole in our communities, George Monbiot, Nov 8 [24]


Smoke and Mirrors, September 22 [25]


UK admits that air quality targets will be missed by 20 years, July 10 [26]

How the smog in Nottingham became worse than Beijing – and David Cameron made up a lot of unscientific nonsense, April 4 [27]




September 18 - 21 Beachwatch

May 18 - 23 Noise Action Week

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April 24 - 30 Big Beach Clean-up
Marine Conservation Society

See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Environmental inequality in the United Kingdom

External links[edit]

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