Welcome to the UK Air Pollution Information System (APIS). Air pollution is one of the major environmental issues in the UK, with impacts occurring at local, regional and global scales. Much is known about the impacts on natural heritage features, with major steps already being taken in the development of abatement strategies both at national and international levels. It is clear, however, that there are still major gaps in the scientific understanding. This site provides a searchable database and information on pollutants and their impacts on habitats and species.

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Report from the Nitrogen Deposition and the Nature Directives Workshop

JNCC have published the report of the “Nitrogen Deposition and the Nature Directives Workshop” held in December 2013 on behalf of the UK Government and Devolved Administrations.  

The report provides an overview of the presentations and discussions concerning the two themes of the workshop:

Theme 1: Reporting and assessment of nitrogen deposition impacts; and
Theme 2: Knowledge sharing of practical solutions to reduce nitrogen deposition impacts

A series of accounts of the findings and recommendations of the workshop’s working groups is also provided in Appendices 1-7.   The conclusions and recommendations from the workshop groups are also summarised.

The workshop background papers and presentations are available at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5954.

Nitrogen Deposition and the Nature Directives Workshop – Impacts and Responses: Our Shared Experience.

In December 2013, JNCC hosted the “Nitrogen Deposition and the Nature Directives Workshop” on behalf of the UK Government and Devolved Administrations.   This European workshop brought together leading experts from across the countries of the Atlantic Region, to share knowledge and experience of assessing the impacts of atmospheric nitrogen pollution and countries’ approaches or strategies to address those impacts.  

The workshop background papers are available at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5954.  A report of the workshop will be published in spring 2014.  It will record the conclusions and recommendations, including where follow up work is suggested, and a description of countries’ approaches to assessing and tackling impacts from nitrogen pollution. 

New report published looking at the role of habitat management and nitrogen deposition in a changing climate

Review of the effectiveness of on-site habitat management to reduce atmospheric nitrogen deposition impacts on terrestrial habitats

A growing body of evidence has been accumulating in recent years to demonstrate the harmful effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on habitats of conservation importance. The report looks at the role of habitat management and how it may interact with nitrogen deposition in a changing climate. The report concluded that current management practices may already be partially offsetting some of the impacts of nitrogen deposition. However, further emission cuts will be required alongside appropriate habitat management to protect conservation interests. Recommendations are made on how the work could be developed and tested. The work was funded by all the UK statutory conservation bodies and can be found at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/ccwsciencereport1037.pdf

Scottish Air Quality Monitoring Strategy Workshop

A Workshop to help in the development of the Scottish Air Quality Monitoring Strategy is being held at the Scottish Government, Victoria Quay on the 28th August 2012. The Workshop aims to cover the following issues:

  • Identify current air monitoring networks, their capacity and use of data
  • Identify potential gaps in the monitoring networks and data collections
  • Identify the future drivers for air quality within Scotland
  • Improve public awareness and participation towards air quality monitoring

In order to register for the workshop, please contact colin.gillepsie@sepa.org.uk by the 10th August


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