Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Mapping air pollution in Streatham

Cllr Scott Ainslie (pictured) and I were out today in Streatham, putting up diffusion tubes to measure the pollution in the Streatham area.

Deaths related to pollution in Lambeth are over 100 a year according to Public Health England (over 10 times the number of road casualty deaths).

We asked Lambeth Council if they would monitor air quality around local schools, but sadly Labour councillors voted against it.  So we made a bid to the initiative Mapping for Change, which was successful, and got funding to do a community project.

The tubes have been placed in the local area to measure NO2 emissions.  After four weeks they will be sent off for analysis, and we'll be able to identify pollution  levels, and hopefully the hot spots which need to be dealt with.

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