Our Senior Air Quality Consultant, James Browne, summaries the latest Air Quality news this month. Including over a billion fewer cigarettes smoked a year since 2011, a big response to Sheffield’s CAZ consultation, Luton airport to monitor more air pollutants and Leeds University trees removing 350kg of pollutants a year.
According to a new Cancer Research study, compared to 2011, 1.4 billion fewer cigarettes are being smoked a year. The study found that monthly cigarette consumption dropped by nearly a quarter, equating to 118 million fewer cigarettes being smoked a month.
The research is based at University College London (UCL). The data was collected by comparing cigarette sales data in England to the monthly self-reported use of over 135,000 people from the Smoking Toolkit Study.
In response to Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone Consultation in July, around 12,000 residents and businesses have responded to the consultation. Under the plan, high polluting vehicles such as vans, taxis, HGVs, buses and coaches would have to pay a charge to enter the city’s zone within the inner ring road.
Potential charges would range from £10 to £50 a day, depending on the type of vehicle, private cars would not be subject to a charge. Views from respondents will inform the final plans for the clean air zone, when they go before the full cabinet later this year.
Luton airport is set to have the capability to monitor more air pollutants than any other airport in the UK thanks to a newly commissioned air quality monitoring supersite. When completed this ‘supersite’ will be able to monitor a wide array of different pollutants, specifically PM1 and volatile organic compounds, naphthalene and toluene, all of which are not monitored at any other UK airport.
The new facility with monitor the air for pollutants, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The data will be reviewed monthly culminating in an annual report.
Researchers have found that trees on the Leeds University campus remove 350kg of air pollution every year, by using a revolutionary new piece of software called i-Tree Eco. Thanks to the software, scientists were able to determine the volume of pollutants removed on campus by the university’s trees.
The trees soaked up a large amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from the area, indeed, 124kg of NO2 has been removed from the air thanks to the trees on campus, equivalent to the output of 1 million cars driving past the university every year.
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