This month we interview Dr Mark Miller, a senior research fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Queen’s Medical Research Institute. Dr Miller talks to us about his work in testing the effects of pollutants from diesel vehicle emissions on people, and in particular, the use of gold nano-particles in experiments which see participants in the studies inhale minuscule fragments of the metal (simulating the inhaling of particle matter). They are then tested to see how far they have reached into the blood system as the researchers evaluate its impact on the cardiovascular system.
EPS also attended Brownfield Land Scotland 2019 in Edinburgh. It featured a range of excellent speakers subjects on as diverse as the Planning Bill on asbestos, underground gases and the Gorebridge incident to upcoming landfill legislation.
We also have a brief report on Glasgow City Council’s successful stakeholder engagement event, aimed primarily at businesses and the road haulage sector as its plans to roll-out the Low Emission Zone continues.
The CAFS Review is well underway now, and anyone involved in the review improving our air quality or encouraging people into active travel should come along to our latest event ‘Air Quality, Health and the mechanisms needed to help heal Scotland’s environment. Delegate and exhibitor places are still available for the event at the CosLA Conference Centre next to Haymarket station in Edinburgh on Monday, March 18th. See the story below.