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People living in towns and cities have more debt

People living in towns and cities have more debt

Business
People living in urban areas have bigger debts than those in the countryside, according to a study by the City watchdog. It found unsecured debts in rural areas are generally lower with the average amount owed by a town or city resident over a £1,000 more (£3,600) compared with someone in a rural area (£2,510).It also found those in the countryside are less likely to be overdrawn or unable to clear their credit card balance each month than those in urban areas, who are also more likely to use high-cost loans.However, more than half (51%) of those in rural communities - which the study found tend to be older and are more likely to be retired - rely on their state pension to get by compared with 37% in urban areas.The survey of 13,000 adults by the Financial Co...
UK's most polluted towns and cities revealed

UK's most polluted towns and cities revealed

Health
More than 40 towns and cities in the UK are at or have exceeded air pollution limits set by the World Health Organization, its new report has found.The WHO data shows 31 areas have fine particle air pollution levels above 10 micrograms per cubic metre, with another 15 at that limit.Areas that exceeded the level include London and Manchester, with the Welsh steelworks town Port Talbot the worst.Dirty air can cause debilitating diseases and hasten death. Check the pollution in your areaThe figures on air pollution, contained in the WHO's global report, found Port Talbot had fine particle air pollution levels recorded at 18 micrograms per cubic metre, with the next most polluted UK areas being Scunthorpe and Salford on 15 micrograms.Fine air particle pollution is particularly bad for us, pen...
Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Technology
A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years, spewing ash over nearby farms, cities and towns. Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks Thursday on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture. Street cleaners swept ash from city streets, and farmers used leaf blowers to clear the growing piles of ash from the tops of their plastic greenhouses. The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in six years. On Thursday, an ash plume rose 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency ...