Dr Russell-Jones is a medical doctor with an abiding interest in environmental pollution and the way it impinges on public health. His activities have influenced several key area of environmental policy in the UK, including the decision to ban lead in petrol, introduce catalytic converters in petrol driven vehicles, and change official guidelines on exposure to ionising radiation. His letters and articles have raised awareness of ozone depletion and global warming.
He helped to organise three international conferences on environmental/health issues during the 1980′s. They were all held in London and all resulted in important changes to legislation impinging directly on human health and the environment: Low-level lead exposure conference, Radiation conference and Ozone conference.
- Lead Versus Health. The Biological Effects of Low Lead Exposure. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1983. Jointly edited with Michael Rutter, FRCP FRS, Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry.
- Radiation And Health. The Biological Effects of Low Level Exposure to Ionising Radiation. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1987. Jointly edited with Professor Sir Richard Southwood, FRS, Chairman of the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) Former Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and future Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.
- Ozone Depletion. Health and Environmental Consequences. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1989. Jointly edited with Tom Wigley, Professor of Climatic Research at the University of East Anglia.
- The Gilgamesh Gene. Shepheard-Walwyn, London, 2017.
2016 letters & articles (archive):
Over-generous to Richard Branson (Independent on Sunday, 10 Jan 2016)
The planet will lose every time that business calls the shots (Observer, 10 Jan 2016)
Better to cut CO2 than complain about Paris deal (Independent, 12 Jan 2016)
Climate Solutions that would work (Independent, 20 Jan 2016)
US is taking the lead again—this time in pursuit of VW (Financial Times, 21 Jan 2016)
Stop Making diesel cars and pedestrianise town centres (Observer, 24 Jan 2016)
Osborne and his pledge on malaria (Times, 26 Jan 2016)
The duplicitous nature of the Government’s energy policy (Independent on Sunday, 31 Jan 2016)
The climate change deniers club (Independent, 12 Feb 2016)
Drive to cut pollution (Sunday Times, 14 Feb 2016)
Boris “has failed to tackle air pollution” (Times, 26 Feb 2016)
Gagging scientists isn’t new (Observer, 28 Feb 2016)
Lead shot (Independent on Sunday, 28 Feb 2016)