This from regular reader, Ludo Thierry but headline all my own work:
Since beeb Scotland are getting confused between all respiratory illness and ‘flu I thought I’d do an edit of a wee piece from news.gov.scot which I’ve not noticed elsewhere. The official stats for Scottish emissions of air pollutants during 2016 have been published. The figures are good and the figures over the period since 1990 are very impressive (the period of the SNP Scottish Govt covers a decent chunk of that period – so fair to assume that well-considered SNP Govt public policy is having at least some impact on this encouraging progress):
Scottish emissions of air pollutants – 2016 results
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today announces the release of a report on Scottish emissions of ammonia, sub-10 micron particulate matter (PM10), sub- 2.5 micron particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and lead on the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) website.
The main findings are:
• Over the long term there have been reductions in emissions for all the pollutants. Since 1990, there have been decreases of:
12 per cent for ammonia,
64 per cent for PM10,
65 per cent for NMVOCs,
67 per cent for PM2.5,
72 per cent for nitrogen oxides,
84 per cent for carbon monoxide,
94 per cent for sulphur dioxide
and 98 per cent for lead.
Between 2015 and 2016, there were reductions in emissions for 6 of the 8 pollutants (sulphur dioxide 34 per cent, nitrogen oxides 12 per cent). There were small increases in emissions of ammonia (+3 per cent) and NMVOCs (+1 per cent).
The report notes: “There are uncertainties associated with all estimates of pollutant emissions … However, although for any given year considerable uncertainties may surround the emission estimates, it should be noted that trends over time are likely to be more reliable. “
Those darned EsssseNnnnPeee types are doing it again – they’re insisting on operating policies that benefit ALL of Scotland – and – what’s worse – they’re doing it DELIBERATELY.