Fears Over London’s Future Pollution Threat

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Plans for vehicle crossings at Silvertown and Gallions Reach have been put forward. Tests in the proposed-crossing areas in east London, conducted on behalf of Friends of the Earth, found some pollution levels exceeded EU limits. Transport for London (TfL) said the schemes would bring economic benefits. The tests for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were carried out by residents using diffusion tubes on behalf of Friends of the Earth in June. The results showed that half of the 32 locations tested exceeded the EU level of 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air. ‘Disaster’ Newham Way on the A13 was the worst location – registering a level of 61. Jenny Bates from Friends of the Earth said: “Allowing any new road river crossing or City Airport development as proposed would be a traffic-generating, congestion-worsening, air quality-deteriorating disaster. “Instead a package of non-road alternatives such as DLR (Docklands Light Railway) extensions, ferries and cheaper bridges for walkers and cyclists must be considered.” Currently, the only crossings for cars and lorries between Rotherhithe and Dartford are the Blackwall Tunnel and Woolwich Ferry. ‘Saving time and money’ In a statement, TfL said: “With London’s population set to grow to 10 million by the early 2030s new river crossings in east London are crucial to manage demand. “Providing the Silvertown Tunnel as an additional river crossing would reduce the time vehicles currently spend queuing in traffic – helping to reduce vehicle emissions while saving people and businesses time and money.” Plans put forward for new a Thames crossing include building a new road tunnel linking Silvertown to the Greenwich Peninsula, a ferry at Gallions Reach linking Thamesmead and Beckton or a proposed fixed bridge at Gallions Reach. Consultations on the schemes will begin later this year. TfL added that since Boris Johnson began his term as London Mayor emissions of NO2 were down by an estimated 20% due to measures brought in, including tighter emission standards for lorries. More on This Story

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For safety reasons, the archaeologists have had to leave the archaeology work to the tunnellers as the skulls were up to six metres below ground. Roman skulls have been found along the historic Thames tributary the River Walbrook throughout London’s history. This led to speculation they were heads decapitated by Queen Boudicca’s rebels during the rebellion against Roman occupation in the 1st century AD. However, later archaeology suggested that the River Walbrook possibly eroded a Roman cemetery under Eldon Street in the Liverpool Street area and the skulls and other bones had been washed downstream. The latest skulls were located in clusters indicating they were caught in a bend in the river. The location of the skulls indicates they were washed out of the burial ground during Roman times. Lead archaeologist Jay Carver said: “This is an unexpected and fascinating discovery that reveals another piece in the jigsaw of London’s history. “This isn’t the first time that skulls have been found in the bed of the River Walbrook and many early historians suggested these people were killed during the Boudicca rebellion against the Romans.” He went on: “We now think the skulls are possibly from a known Roman burial ground about 50 metres up river from our Liverpool Street station work site. Their location in the Roman layer indicates they were possibly washed down river during the Roman period.” The tunnellers have also discovered wooden medieval structures believed to have been part of the walls of the Bedlam burial ground. The Museum of London Archaeology will analyse the finds over the coming months and hope to find out more about the age, sex and diet of the people associated with the Roman skulls. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Woolly Mammoth Uncovered In Siberia Goes On Display In Japan An extraordinarily well-preserved woolly mammoth uncovered in Siberia was revealed to the public for the first time this week in Japan.

London Winery Rejects Bordeaux Grapes

By Rebecca Gibb | Posted Saturday, 05-Oct-2013 Its the ultimate snub to a French grape grower: an English winery cancelling a scheduled delivery of fruit, claiming its not up to scratch. But thats what has happened to both a Loire sauvignon blanc grower and a Bordeaux merlot producer this week. London Cru, central Londons first winery, has turned down seven tonnes of grapes four tonnes from the Loire and three tonnes from Bordeaux due to concerns over rot. The winery team claimed that the levels of rot in the vineyards this year, combined with the transport required to get the grapes from France to London, would lower the quality of the wines. After a lot of conversation with the vineyard owners this week, we all felt that we were unable to get the fruit to London without a high incidence of rot by the time it arrived, explained Gavin Monery, London Crus winemaker. He has worked at various wineries, including Jean-Louis Chave and Margaret Rivers Cullen Wines. Sadly, what has been a tough vintage across much of France has forced our hand on this issue. The growing season has been tough for French producers, with floods in Burgundy in April, a cool and wet spring, and hailstorms affecting the crops in Burgundy, the Loire and Bordeaux. On average, the harvest is two weeks later than the 10-year average. Instead of producing a merlot-based red wine in its first vintage, the urban London Cru winery has turned to an Italian grape variety. Piedmontese producer Luca Roagna has sourced four tonnes of Barbera. Based in a former gin distillery near the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the winery will open to the public in November, and the first wines should be released in mid-2014. Annual production is expected to be around 17,000 bottles. It is the brainchild of London wine merchant Cliff Roberson .

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It’s slowly starting to do the same in London. “Once you learn the Xs and Os you learn a lot, it’s a strategic chess match,” said Gillen, the student from Ireland. EA Sports, “Madden’s” developers, don’t have definite numbers of its penetration into the UK. “We know we have a solid fan base there,” said Seann Graddy, the “Madden NFL 25” line producer. NFL players and coaches are going to hate this. There is nothing easy about traveling to London for American football teams. Players arriving last week talked of long overnight flights with little sleep. While Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spoke positively about his experiences in London, calling it “a beautiful city,” he also said after the game that he was fine with a team playing eight games a year in England as long as he wasn’t on it. Other players expressed similar sentiments. “It’s a lot to ask of a player,” Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said last week. “I probably wouldn’t sign over here because every road trip would be three, four, five days.” View gallery . Shad Khan is no stranger to Europe as owner of the Fulham soccer team.