Fancy cutting six months off your life? Breathe our deeply polluted air and you will, according to statistics predicting British city dwellers live six months less than in other parts of the world. Natalie Evans-Harding argues the time has come to take note of air pollution and its effects on our health. So why aren’t we?Read more
And we’re back, ready for a new term with Paper V. September is the month to take stock, wipe the slate clean, and start over, and this issue we’ve plenty of new beginnings. Starting with your next breath. As Natalie Evans-Harding’s article reveals, with out-of-control pollution levels, as Brits we’re on course to lose six months of our precious life expectancy; is there anything we can do to change that? On a cheerier note, new band Babeheaven’s lead singer, Nancy Andersen, is put through her paces; while Ellie Pithers contemplates the call of the wild from the comfort of our beds/baths/tube-in-rush-hour with her guide to the books that take us out of ourselves. Perhaps most inspiring of all, Fiona Golfar visits the Wilderness Foundation at their woodland base in Essex to meet some incredible teenagers learning how to make a fresh start. Fortification for the human spirit – now isn’t that better than hope in a jar?