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.

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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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Indoor Air Quality – Frequently Asked Questions

Article by Peter Dyment, Energy Consultant, Camfil Farr

Indoor Air Quality FAQs

There are many different ways our indoor air quality can become a problem. The basic properties of air that can easily vary are temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure.  Relatively small changes of temperature or humidity can make us feel uncomfortable.

Lastly but not least, air composition includes what we term air pollution. As we have become a crowded industrial nation this pollution has increased sharply over the last few decades.   Here are some frequently asked questions on Indoor Air Quality problems.

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