Misconceptions about air pollution: ‘There’s nothing I can do about it’

Founder & Director of Clean Air London, Simon Birkett recently wrote an article for Environmental Health News on the Misconceptions about air pollution.

The piece contains a series of cartoons which the campaign group Clean Air in London commissioned to address the capital’s environmental challenges. Beautifully crafted by Andy Davey (@DaveyCartoons), the cartoons address matters such as London smog, wood burning, the tube, cycling and taxis.


What you can do:

Find out about air pollution near where you live, work and play. You can protect yourself by walking or cycling down quieter streets and reduce pollution for yourself and others by walking, cycling or using public transport rather than driving a diesel vehicle. Continue reading

Improving the air quality for Asthma sufferers

In 2013, data released jointly by the Epidemiology And Allergic and Respiratory Diseases (EPAR) Department from Sorbonne University and the Institut National de le Santé et de la Recherche-Médicale (INSERM), both based in Paris, indicated that air pollution may cause new cases of asthma.

They also specify that evidence from toxicological studies, together with information from genes associated with asthma, suggest the link between air pollution and asthma is biologically plausible.

The findings revealed that an average of 1 in 7 children living within 75 metres of a busy road, are likely to develop asthma. In areas with the heaviest air pollution, 1 in 4 children could potentially develop asthma.

AsthmaClient: Bateman Family
Location: Manchester
Date: March 2014
Sector: Domestic

About the project:

Camfil were approached by a family in Manchester whose daughter suffers from asthma and was having to take a substantial amount of time off from school as she was having asthma attacks in the night which made it difficult to get a full night¹s sleep.

They had been recommended the CamCleaner 300 for use within their daughter’s bedroom as a means to clean the air to enable her to breathe more easily throughout the night.CamCleaner 300



They started to use the CamCleaner 300 and within a few weeks their daughter was sleeping better, felt generally healthier and was taking less time off from school.

She has subsequently suffered fewer asthma attacks during the night and she was noticeably more alert during the day at school enabling her to be more productive.

Outdoor levels of air pollutants continue to aggravate asthma in sufferers despite industrial air pollution generally decreasing. Continue reading

The Solution to Pollutants

The Camfil Group is a world leader in the development and production of air filters and clean air solutions. We manufacture and supply products that satisfy all the demands at airports to control particulate and molecular pollutants. These products also satisfy the recommendations of EN13779.

The European standard EN 13779:2007 focuses on achieving a comfortable and healthy indoor environment in all seasons with acceptable installation and running costs. It is now a national standard in all countries. It specifies the required filter performance in a system to achieve good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) taking into consideration the outdoor air.

The Solution to PollutantsVarious solutions are available depending on the extent of the pollution problem. Molecular filtration may be applied in either the fresh air make-up or recirculation air systems.

Solutions for makeup air are preferred since the principal sources of pollutant are external. These tend to be more heavy duty and reflect the high pollutant concentrations and one-pass operation. Solutions for recirculation applications reflect lower ambient concentrations and multi-pass operation. Continue reading