The number of new diesel registrations has declined by almost 25 per cent since the beginning of 2017, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Rather than it being an issue of performance—new diesel cars in 2017 emitted 12 per cent less carbon dioxide than equivalent older models—experts say the decline is a result of the demonisation of diesel. Contributing to diesel’s demonisation is that, beginning 1 April, drivers could pay £20 to £500 more for their first year vehicle excise duty if their new diesel cars don’t meet the latest emissions standards. (read more) "Put the Brakes on Demonising Diesel"
Half of UK workers lose an average of nine hours of sleep each week because of stress, according to new sleep research. What’s more, the lack of sleep not only can make you groggy the next day, but can also have a significant impact on your ability to focus, solve problems and complete tasks. (read more) "More than an Hour of Sleep is Lost Each Night due to Stress"
Washing machines, tumble dryers and fridge-freezers are responsible for more than 60 house fires every week in the United Kingdom, according to a Which? investigation. Faulty washing machines and dryers were found to be the highest risk appliances, causing more than a third of fires. (read more) "Faulty Appliances Cause 60 House Fires a Week"