London’s Low Emission Zone and its high emissions

London has a Low Emission Zone, which might come as a surprise to those of you who experience the poor air quality in London. It is one of the most polluted places in Europe, according to air quality monitoring. The European Union has an air quality standard which forbids the exceeding of certain levels of pollution for more than thirty five days and London regularly exceeds this. It may be heavily fined by the European union if the air quality continues to be bad. Continue reading

Cough it up: No relief from Air Pollution

Air is all around us. If you pollute one part of it the pollution moves to another part or spreads itself thinly over the whole world. In places air pollution is particularly bad. One of the most polluted places in London is the Euston Road, which runs on the north central part of the city. The East India Dock Road is also heavy with air pollution. We ought to control air pollution but we are not controlling it. The pollution arises from two sources – production of energy and transport. Both sources can be controlled to some extent but it is more expensive to control them properly and while we seek to control air pollution we permit technologies which will inevitably add to air pollution but will be hard to control, like biomass power stations and wood burning heating systems. Continue reading