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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Why Indoor Air Quality is important for personal health

Article by Peter Dyment, Energy Consultant, Camfil Farr

 Indoor Air Quality Air Pollution

I am like almost any other person on this planet. My aim is to live as long as possible and keep myself in good health for as long as I can.  So it came as a bit of a shock to discover that I could lose years off my life and many more years of healthy living and a good quality of life. How can this be? After all I live in modern industrial country with a high standard of living and medical care.

Modern living in cities and industrial areas turns out to be the source of the problem. Air pollution is not just on the outside, but also indoors where we work and at home. So what can I do to stop my health being damaged?

First of all I need to understand the problem. This is the gist of it.  We all have to breathe air to live. The air we breathe is mainly indoor air because we spend up to 90% of our time inside buildings according to recent studies.  The air inside buildings where we live and work should be clean and free from air pollution but often it turns out to carry a toxic mixture of traffic exhaust gases and fine dust particles coming in from the outside and from the inside bacteria with moulds, fungal spores and other small organic bodies and parasites.

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Air Pollution: Are the public being protected at work from airborne toxic particles?

A review of the House of Commons Report from the Environmental Audit Committee by Peter Dyment, Energy Consultant Camfil Farr

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The previous report in March 2010 clearly identified PM2.5 as being the major risk to public health. It shows they are 3 times more damaging to health than passive smoking and cause 5 times more loss of life than traffic accidents.  It is a concern that this latest report, released on 14th November 2011 has said that:

the Government is still failing to get to grips with this issue of Air Pollution

PM2.5 are fine combustion particulates 2.5 microns and below in size. They are very toxic and because they are so small they can be inhaled and make deep lung penetration and migrate into the blood stream causing damage to lungs, hearts and even the brain.

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