There are calls for all local authorities to be given the power to charge drivers for entering towns and cities, to improve air quality. In December the Environment Department published details on bringing in clean air zones in cities like Southampton by 2020. It's aimed at discouraging the most polluting vehicles.
Now it might be just annoying - or it could be driving you mad. Noise is a widespread problem and, in an increasingly hectic world, it's probably only going to get worse.
So how could it affect you? ITV's Tonight programme has commissioned a new noise map identifying the worst problem areas.
Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports.
Crawley has been badly hit by today's pollution and smog, with visibility down to a few yards.
These were the scenes at Dartford this morning on the day that pollution and smog across the south east is predicted to hit dangerous levels. Experts have warned that anyone suffering the effects, including sore eyes, coughs and sore throats, should cut down the amount of activity they take outside.
Thames Water has been fined more than £27,000 for causing the pollution of a river in Surrey
The incident saw a pipe burst in a field behind Walton Lane sewage pumping station in Weybridge and flooded the field with sewage, which then entered the Engine River.
The company admitted the offence at Staines Magistrates Court on Friday May, 24.
The company was fined £18,000, ordered to pay costs of £9,764.15 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Thames Water was advised by the Environment Agency to contain the spilt sewage with sandbags and removal of sludge from the top of the river.
However, the court heard how Thames Water did not make enough effort to contain the pollution and affecting over 1.2 kilometres of the river.
More than 2,400 birds were killed in two chemical leaks off the south coast in February and April. The RSPCA say it's one of the worst marine pollution incidents in decades and was caused by boats discharging a substance called polyisobutene, also known as PIB, in the sea.
To date 18 species of birds have been affected, the majority being guillemots and most washed up in Dorset. The death toll exceeds that of the Napoli incident off the coast of Devon in 2007.
Adam Grogan from the RSPCA said: “The dumping at sea of this lethal chemical must be stopped.
VIDEO: The long-awaited report into the pollution on beaches in North East Kent has been published - and with it recommendations to prevent the spillage happening again.