Pollutionwatch: Air pressure high – air quality low

EarthzineEarth Observation

air pollutionDuring September the UK sent its annual air pollution assessment to the EU. For air pollution purposes the UK is divided into 43 areas. During 2012, 38 of these areas breached the EU limits for nitrogen dioxide. These limits were set in 1999 but concentrations in London are still two and a half times the legal requirement. Only Preston, Blackpool and rural areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland achieved the standard.