Clean Air Day, organised by Global Action Plan, is the UK’s largest annual air pollution campaign, which brings together individuals, communities, businesses, education and the health sector to encourage the public to improve air quality and their health.
Last year, over 2,000 organisations took part in approximately 550 events across the UK. This year Clean Air Day will be held on Thursday 20th June 2019, which aims to:
Find out more: https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/
The main source of NOx is road transport, followed by combustion activities and other industrial and commercial sectors. Particulate matter originates from both natural (sea spray and Saharan dust) and man-made sources, which in the UK is from transport and fuel combustion activities. Primary particles arise from engine emissions, tyre wear and non-exhaust emissions. Other sources include quarrying, construction and other non-road mobile sources.
There is an increased awareness that exposure to high concentrations of pollutants, particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10) can affect human health with the young, elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions being the most vulnerable. Due to their size, the smaller PM2.5 can be inhaled into the deepest parts of our lungs, which can then cross into the blood stream. Emerging research associates exposure to PM2.5 with blocking arteries increasing the chances of stroke and heart disease. However, with children, consistently high exposure levels can affect their lung function and development of long-term respiratory diseases such as Asthma.
Local Authorities across the UK have action plans with the aim to improve air quality in their area. Some of the larger and most polluted areas have been required to declare Clean Air Zones (CAZ). Outside of London (where the Ultra-Low Emission Zone was introduced earlier this year), these include Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton and Derby.
In Manchester the 10 councils which comprise the Greater Manchester Combined Authority shortlisted measures in their Clean Air Plan. These include congestion deals, clean air zones and electric vehicle incentives. Birmingham and Leeds plan to introduce CAZs from January 2020, and in Nottingham the Centrelink Clean Air Ways Project provides an integrated electric bus service.
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