SOCIAL ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 2017
Mary Coyle MBE, the Chair of Shared Interest, says: "I am pleased to report in this set of Social Accounts that we have made considerable progress in achieving the goals set out in our 2014 Strategic Review. This year our lending supported over 160 producer groups, helping almost 375,000 individuals in 60 countries, 30% of whom were women."
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Over two fifths, 43%, of children living in urban areas are concerned about the levels of air pollution near their school, new figures reveal. A YouGov poll, carried out for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, surveyed over 1,000 children aged six to 15 years old about their attitudes towards air pollution and the actions they think should be taken to help clean up the air.
Media giant Sky has placed £25 million into Sky Ocean Ventures, an investment vehicle that will fund new ideas and businesses who can help solve the oceans plastic crisis with solutions to everyday plastic problems, and it has also simultaneously launched an incubator project for businesses to test their ideas at Sky's west London campus.
Pioneering pollution-busting "moss trees" have been installed in Newcastle and London where they will purify the city centre air and create opportunities for research into the benefits of the plants' natural filtering abilities.
Residents affected by issues such as high levels of air pollution or noise nuisance often feel helpless and ignored, but now, using mobile phone apps and low cost open-source sensors, they are able to gather the facts they need to kick-start change.
Resident groups, television producers and TV personality Dr Xand van Tulleken have collaborated with EarthSense Systems and demonstrated the effectiveness of community action to tackle localised air quality issues, the programme airs tonight, the day after BBC News revealed pollution scores for UK postcode areas.
The 'lost' 99%' of potentially harmful ocean microplastics could be identified cheaply with a fluorescent dye, its University of Warwick developers claim.
The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has released research and a map showing every area of London exceeds recommended guidelines for PM2.5. The damning report also reveals 7.9 million Londoners live in areas exceeding World Health Organisation air quality guidelines by at least 50 per cent.
Microplastics in mussels and hormone disrupting chemicals in seawater come under the microscope as researchers help an all-woman sailing crew highlight plastic pollution.
A team of scientists primarily from the University of Leicester and EarthSense Systems has investigated a possible link between air pollution and the rise in type 2 diabetes. Exposure to traffic related air pollutants is known to cause insulin resistance, a hallmark of the disease.
Air pollution benefits bacteria that cause respiratory infections and lessens the effectiveness of antibiotic treatments, University of Leicester researchers have discovered.