Air Pollution and our Changing world

In the UK Air pollution is not a new problem that has surfaced overnight. The London smog of 1952 killed 12,000 people. Since then, changes in the way we live have also changed the type of air pollution that we breathe. Coal burning has fallen dramatically, but today increased road transport and the failure to control some exhausts from diesel vehicles has led to us being exposed to new air pollutants.

Around the world, there are many examples where reducing air pollution has improved public health. It now seems likely that childhood exposure to air pollution has a lasting influence on health, so the gains from tackling air pollution today will be felt throughout the decades to come.

Key facts

In 2012, road traffic in the UK was ten times higher than in 1949. Total distance walked each year decreased by 30% between 1995 and 2013.

  • Growth in pollution has not always been as fast as growth in traffic, thanks to tighter exhaust controls. Modern cars produce very little carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, and the sulphur and lead in diesel and petrol must meet tight regulations.
  • Nitrogen dioxide and particulates from diesel engines have been poorly controlled and these remain a problem. In the UK today, about half of cars run on diesel. This is the trend across Europe, but not in the USA or Japan. Nearly all buses, vans and lorries, forms of water transport, and many trains, use diesel in the UK, along with construction and farm machinery.
  • Each year, inhaling particulates causes around 29,000 deaths in the UK, which, on recent evidence, may rise to around 40,000 deaths when also considering nitrogen dioxide exposure.
  • Air pollution can stay around for days or weeks after it’s created. One type of chemical may interact with others in the atmosphere, to cause even more pollution. Air pollution also crosses cities, counties and even countries, so local action is not enough on its own.

Reproduced from: Royal College of Physicians. Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution. Report of a working party – 20-page summary document. London: RCP, 2016.

Copyright © 2016 Royal College of Physicians. Reproduced with permission.

New video released on the effects of PM1 particles on your body

Particulate Matter (PM) is present in every breath you take and it comes in a range of different sizes. Particulate Matter is measured in a range of different sizes with the most common from PM10 (10 micron Particles or less), PM2.5 (2.5 micron particles or less) or PM1 particles (1 Micron Particles). Our body has built in defenses against many of these particle sizes but some can penetrate deeper than others.

The PM1 particle is the size that penetrated deepest into the human body. Find out more about this particle in the video below

Clean Air Roadshow back in London to raise awareness of the health effects of #AirPollution

We are bring our Clean Air Roadshow back to London in June to highlight the issues surrounding air pollution and the link between outdoor air and indoor air quality.

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The Camfil Clean Air Roadshow will be at the;

Facilities Show at London Excel on 21-23rd June 2016 on Stand U1500

The Camfil team will be on hand to demonstrate to Property & Estates Managers, FM’s and Health & Safety professionals how their award winning low energy HVAC air filters can save lives and money. Camfil will be demonstrating their patented air cleaners and air purifiers which are equipped with the most efficient Absolute™ HEPA filter. The units complement existing ventilation systems to provide a healthier working environment with less dust and fewer harmful particles. The team will highlight;

  1. Why high-quality air filters and air purifiers are required for good protection against outdoor pollutants e.g. PM 1, PM 2.5, PM10 and NO2
  2. How we can save money by significantly reducing energy consumption
  3. Visual performance demonstrations of Camcleaner City Air Purifiers
  4. Live Roadshow MeasurementsAir quality varies daily and by location. Camfil have placed three air quality monitoring stations in different city locations around the world that continuously report real-time air quality back to the trailer. These values will be compared to local conditions, inside and outside the trailer.

If you can’t wait, then you can take a sneaky peek at http://www.camfil.com/roadshow/virtualtour/: Continue reading