UK capital taking steps to eliminate air pollution
Two million people in London live in areas with illegal levels of air pollution.
Air pollution levels outside of schools is a major issue the city aims to tackle as the data from the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (LAEI) suggests that there are 400,000 children living in these illegally polluted areas.
However, between 2013 and 2016, the number of primary schools in areas with illegal levels of air pollution hardly reduced, dropping to 169 from 171, whilst the number of secondary schools rose from 81 to 86.
The LAEI report was published on Monday ahead of the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) which will start next week.
The ULEZ, which will charge those driving vehicles that release high emissions in the centre of London, starts next Monday (April 8th). This aims to reduce air pollution levels in the capital to benefit the environment and the health of the public.
Long term exposure to air pollution can cause health issues such as reduced lung function, respiratory infections and aggravated asthma. Public Health England estimate that 28,000-36,000 deaths a year are attributable to poor air quality.
Measuring air quality is a major strategy in the fight against air pollution, Pinacl makes it easier to gather and monitor data through its Air Quality Sensors.
AQ data can be used to observe trends and take appropriate action such as issuing warnings to citizens, or optimising traffic lights during times of substantial commute and pollute to improve congestion. It also gives schools the opportunity to pre-plan indoor and outdoor activities based on predicted AQ conditions for certain times in the day.
Our AQ sensors will measure against the Air Quality Index (AQI) which is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and any associated health effects that you could experience within a few hours of breathing in the polluted air.
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