One Atmosphere – by Clean Air in London [VIDEO]

One Atmosphere is a 35 minute film by Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, about the most important lessons he has learned from 10 years of campaigning. The film calls for immediate action to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change. It can be viewed in full or in 10 chapters.


One Atmosphere tells the story of ‘Clean Air in London’. Many other topics are covered in the film, which aims to give anyone an introduction to air pollution and the actions needed to address it with climate change through ‘win-win’ policies. Continue reading

MPs launch inquiry into Defra’s role in tackling air quality

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) have launched an inquiry into air quality in the UK.

Clean airDefra has a vital role in ensuring that all individuals in the UK can breathe clean air. The Department is currently consulting on how the UK can meet EU Directive requirements for limiting emissions of nitrogen dioxide. But it also has a wider role in tackling the harmful levels of many other pollutants emitted by the transport, energy and industrial sectors as well as from households and farming.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into air quality in the UK.

Neil Parish, Chair of the Committee, said:

“Airborne pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, particulates and sulphur dioxide damage people’s health and the UK’s environment. But the UK is failing to meet EU air pollution limits. Continue reading

Illegal levels of air pollution recorded again in London

Community groups have recorded illegal levels of air pollution in London. A University College London (UCL) project has found the highest level of NO2 was in central London.

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Eight out of nine areas monitored by community groups recording air pollution in London, breached EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air. The UCL project found the highest level of NO2 in the areas was in Marylebone in central London.

The results are part of the social enterprise Mapping for Change’s Air Quality Monitoring project where community groups measured the amount of NO2 in July in areas of London including Marylebone, Soho, Walthamstow, Brentford, Haringey and Ham.

The highest reading came from Marylebone Road in central London, where they measured 145 micrograms of NO2 per cubic meter air (µg/m3). This is almost four times the EU’s legal limit of 40µg/m3. Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho was next, measuring at 119µg/m3. Continue reading