Government issues UK Air Quality Statistics

An annual update on concentrations of major air pollutants in the UK has been published by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Air Quality Statistics

The publication summarises the concentrations of major air pollutants as measured by the Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN). This release covers annual average concentrations in the UK of:

  • particulates (PM10)
  • ozone (O3)

The release also covers the number of days when air pollution was ‘moderate or higher’ for any one of five pollutants listed below:

  • particulates (PM2.5)
  • nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • ozone (O3)
  • particulates (PM10)
  • sulphur dioxide (SO2)

For additional information on concentrations of air pollutants visit UK-AIR. Continue reading

UK told to clean air to save lives

A Lancet study funded by the British Heart Foundation shows the effects on health of long- and short-term exposure to pollutants from traffic and industry.

heart failure pollution danger

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh found that even brief exposure to air pollution increases hospital admissions and death rates among people living with heart failure.

The study which spanned 12 countries and nearly four million heart failure patients, shows that air pollution is harming people with weak hearts – even killing them.  It looked at the effect of long-term exposure to nitrogen oxides and particulate matter – PM2.5, which has a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres, and PM10, with a diameter less than 10 micrometres. Among the participants in the study, 2,095 developed lung cancer during an average 13 years of follow-up.  It is estimated that the toll includes thousands of Britons each year. Continue reading

Boris gets a wheeze on poor London Air Quality

Article by Peter Dyment, Energy Consultant, Camfil Farr

Indoor Air Quality and PollutionBoris Johnson the London Mayor should reconsider whether spraying glue on the ground near to London Air Quality monitoring sites is an effective way of reducing air pollution and a good use of public money.

It is good to see that he is taking any action to respond to the public health hazard of the respirable fine combustion particles found in PM10.  At least there is a tacit acknowledgement from government that there is a public health problem judging by these actions.

Camfil Farr Indoor Air Quality Image pollutionSource: WHO

These diagrams show why this is not good use of resources if the London authorities are genuinely trying to protect peoples lung health from damage by inhaling fine combustion particulate.

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