Toxic Air Crisis - 50 London Blackspots!

Professor Frank Kelly of Environmental Health at Kings College has stated that 'further investigation is needed' into the air crisis in London, as it breached a new record of over 50 blackspot occurrences within the capital for 2017 - These shocking facts were showcased in an Evening Standard expose, and outlined the dangerous levels of Nitrogen Dioxide which those in the city inhale on a daily basis. 

 

In the photo below, one of the areas most affected by the increasing levels of pollution in London is shown. 

(Photo courtesy of Green and Growing.org). 

Nitrogen Dioxide, or No2 as it is known by compound name, is a gas which is produced as a side output of any motor vehicles – including the iconic Big London red buses/ taxis which are found in and around the city. Having a high amount of No2 release within the atmoshpere is that it inflames the lining of the lungs for any of the general popultaion within such areas, and can therefore lead to respiratory health issues. 

The impact of this issue on the general public's health in London could be an increase in respiratory problems if not addressed. As highlighted in an article by Imperial College, lung health has interestingly been linked to a persons ability to fight airway infections such as cold/ flus circulating the population. Please read the full project summary by selecting this link

It is with this in mind, that Prof Kelly recommended that government action needs to be taken to address areas such as Lambeth (Brixton road) where the air pollution was measured to be as high as 3 times the legal maximum within the EU.