National parks take action to protect 'dark skies'

A report that the North York Moors National Park authority is set to decide on a £50,000 "dark skies" plan which could curtail the proliferation of electrical lighting features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that the North York Moors is mooting altering neon signs and security lights in order to "take back the night." Concerned about the "growing evidence that lighting up the night is affecting biodiversity and the welfare of creatures both nocturnal and diurnal", the North York Moors and other national park authorities are chalking up plans to restrict artificial lighting, the paper says. 

Another article in The Guardian says that experts fear the "UK's failure to meet World Health Organisation standards limiting the amount of ultra-fine particles in the air represents a major danger to health". The paper reports that the particles pose an adverse threat to the lungs and the brain and can "carry several thousand kilometres".

The Times (subscription) reports that petrol and diesel cars will be completely banned from a London road under plans for Britain’s "first 24-hour zero-emission street". The paper says that automatic number plate recognition cameras will monitor access to Beech Street in the City of London "and motorists face fines of up to £130 if they violate emissions restrictions".

The Scotsman reports that "people are being given a first glimpse of the plans for the new £13.8million Hillend Destination resort in Midlothian" and construction could be complete by 2022. The paper says the resort would encompass the "UK's highest zipline". 

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