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How bad is UK air pollution?

Air pollution is a major contributor to ill health in the UK and it’s hard to say exactly by how much, but it is confirmed that air quality of UK is degraded day by day and it will create a lot of environment and health problem.

There have been some asthma sufferers that have died from air pollution, whilst it is very rare for air pollution to be confirmed as the sole cause of death.

Air pollution is reduced our immunity power and it also develop mental illness, heart problems and lung problems. There are many sources of air pollution such as buses, taxis, industry, cutting trees, burning of woods, and other machinery as on building sites.

There have been some asthma sufferers that have died from air pollution, whilst it is very rare for air pollution to be confirmed as the sole cause of death.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/16/girls-death-contributed-to-by-air-pollution-coroner-rules-in-landmark-case

Air pollution is reduced our immunity power and it also develop mental illness, heart problems and lung problems. There are many sources of air pollution such as buses, taxis, industry, cutting trees, burning of woods, and other machinery as on building sites.

The Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010 require that concentrations of PM in the UK must not exceed:

  • An annual average of 40 µg/m3for PM10.
  • A 24-hour average of 50 µg/m3more than 35 times in a single year for PM10.
  • An annual average of 20 µg/m3for PM2.5.

How serious a problem is air pollution generally?

The WHO says air pollution is responsible for seven million premature deaths per year around the whole world. About 80% of deaths related to outdoor pollution are linked to heart disease and strokes, while 14% are due to lung or respiratory diseases and 6% to cancer which estimated by WHO.

Finally, I would like to say that if we are not awakened for rising of high level of air pollution, then we will invite one dangerous alarm and it is not only for us, but it will create a lot of hazardous issues to next generations. I think that one day the whole world will fight for fresh air breathing. So, still we have time to regenerate and to save our planet from worst air pollution.

 

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Born in Bradford (BiB)

 https://borninbradford.nhs.uk/news-events/news/new-study-reveals-extent-of-pollution-worries-among-bradford-residents/

New research by the ground-breaking Born in Bradford (BiB) research study has revealed the extent of Bradford residents’ worries about pollution in the city.

One research study said that born in Bradford research has provided vital evidence showing the terrible consequences that polluted air has on the health of children living in the city.

Born in Bradford aim to evaluate the impact of a Clean Air Zone on air quality, health and health inequalities in the city of Bradford.

BiB is the study of babies born in Bradford and their mothers. There are four main focus area such as families, community, environment and organisations which support schools to increase every child physical activity.

Evidence from the ground-breaking Born in Bradford (BiB) research study, which tracks the lives of more than 30,000 Bradfordians, has found clear evidence of the harm of traffic-related air pollution on children’s brain development.

Finally, as per research survey, High levels of air pollution harm the health of children in Bradford. Forty percent of Bradford’s schools are located within the CAZ, and it estimates that there could be a 30% reduction in dangerous pollutants around schools as a result of the CAZ. One finding show that families are keen for pollution to be tackled to clean up the air Bradford children breathe.

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New Electric Car Sales in UK

Hey, can you imagine that sales of battery electric vehicles are increasing more and more per year in UK as compared to plug in hybrids vehicles ?

As per analysis by Transport Correspondent, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is due to be banned in UK from 2030, and hybrids by 2035 which indicates that most cars on road are either electric, use hydrogen fuel cells, or some non-fossil fuel technology in 2050.

UK Government strategy helps to meet its 2050 net zero target, where electric vehicles (EVs) will soon become the most common option for anyone wanting to buy a brand-new car.

The UK will need to expand spontaneously the existing network of 30,000 public charging points.

As per UK Government Plan by 2030, electric car charge points to overtake fuel pumps and charging point will reach 300,000.

By this way, we can reduce greenhouse gas emission and global warming effect on our planet. We can also make the switch to cleaner, zero emissions cars, and that is why we continue to support the growth of our world-leading electric car and charging network.

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Leeds Air Quality during Covid19 lockdown period and without Covid19 lockdown period

 

Do you remember the quiet days of lockdown when the air was clear and easy to breathe? Those days in 2020 were literally a breath of fresh air to asthma sufferers, when they didn’t have to worry about air quality.

Air pollution is the dangerous effect on an environmental health as well as on human health, which can cause/aggravate conditions such as acid rain, reducing sunlight, reducing ozone layer, global warming effect and long-term health effects from air pollution include heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases and sometimes birth issues.

During Covid 19 lockdown, we had clean air but these days, no one can imagine that how air quality is degraded day by day and to demolish our natural environment as well as our future generation.

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The above Figure – 1(New-Blog 1) show that the during national lockdown period in the Leeds after 23rd March 2020, the concentration of NO2 pollutant was in decreasing trend due to less generation of NO2 pollutant from fuel vehicles, industrial activities, and construction vehicles, when we compare this Figure – 2. The total average concentration of NO2 pollutant was 21.60 microgram per cubic meter in the March month of the year 2020 (Figure – 1) and 30.80 microgram per cubic meter during this present March month of the year 2022 (Figure – 2). we can see that air pollution has increased substantially compared to the lockdown in March 2020.

So, everyone should have to wake up at an early stage for the real value and importance of our air quality. We can improve this situation by adopting more fleet vehicles, using more public transport, walking and cycling, increased awareness and fighting  against air pollution and  run campaigns on how to prevent air pollution etc and by this way, we should have to encourage people for the prevention of air pollution and to save our planet.

 

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