What is Air Pollution

Air pollution is caused by nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. For an explanation of each of these, please see the pages on NO2  and on PMs.

Impact on Health

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Kentish Town Road: 98ug/m3

With over 9,400 air pollution related deaths in London each year, we believe official targets and timescales for cleaning up London’s air need to be much more ambitious. Air pollution from NO2, PM10 and PM2.5 is now at public health emergency levels — especially for children and other vulnerable members of Camden communities. Much of it comes from traffic, and most of that comes from the mistaken switch to diesel power 10-15 years ago, with construction sites and old style boilers also contributing. A report on the lifetime impact of air pollution was written by the Royal College of Physicians in Feb 2016, ‘Every Breath We Take’.

Traffic Levels in Camden

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Parliament Hill: 39ug/m

Like other inner London boroughs,  Camden carries high volumes of through traffic and has some of the highest levels of air pollution in London. Even in leafy residential streets, NOWHERE is below the SAFE AIR limit of 20 μg/m3 NO2 and all residential streets that take through traffic are at ILLEGAL levels for NO2 of 40μg/m3. Major shopping streets are higher still, with Kentish Town Road a shocking 98 μg/m3.

 

What Can be Done ?

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Gordon House Road: 45 ug/m3

Dealing with the crisis in London’s air is something we all need to be involved in, from the bottom-up and the top-down and all points in-between. See What Can You Do ? for some of the things we can do to protect ourselves from London’s polluted air, and to speed up action on cleaning it up.

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