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.

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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

FACTS on the health effects of air pollution

The way we live increases our exposure to air pollution:

  • We spend close to 90% of our lives indoors
  • Indoor air can be up to 50 times more polluted than outdoor.

IAQ Quick Facts

Outdoor air pollution infiltrates into buildings. Without appropriate ventilation, it accumulates and can even react with other indoor air pollutants.

Indoor air pollution is made of outdoor air pollutants, including heating and traffic particles and gases that infiltrate into our buildings as well as chemicals emissions from building materials, DIY products, cleaning products, air fresheners, combustion particles from heating, cooking and candles, pets allergens, electronics and appliances offgasing…

Find out all the facts and references on particles, health and productivity by downloading the Camfil Farr IAQ Quick Facts PDF here.

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