Londoners are now able to monitor air pollution through a pollution app. After the most severe warning regarding air toxicity had been issued across the capital, a new service was launched to help people monitor air pollution by using their computer screen or their smartphone. Airview is the app initiated by Blueair’s Swedish air purification specialists.
- Some Swedish air purification specialists designed a pollution app.
- The new app is bound to indicate the level of air toxicity and the dangerous substances in the air in your location.
- This year, London recorded the highest level of air pollution from the last six years.
The newly developed app permits residents to use their exact location or type in their postcode to see which pollutants are present in the air, like viruses, industry fumes, and carbon dioxide. The free app makes use of data gathered from the monitoring stations spread across London, measuring the results and evaluating the quality of the air in the area.
Those residents who are genuinely concerned for their children’s health but also on their own have the option of signing petitions addressed to the government, requesting for improvements when it comes to pollution levels across the country. On Monday, January 23, a severe warning for air toxicity was issued in London. Residents were warned about the high levels of air pollution and were advised to remain indoors, having their windows closed.
Apparently, that day, toxicity levels reached the highest peak in the last six years. Based on the research of specialists from Kings College London, Marylebone Road in Westminster has registered the highest annual level of air pollution which was double than the legal limit in the EU. What is more, the Putney High Street violated the limit too, registering a value which was over 1,100 times the one recorded in 2016.
Based on the data provided by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Paediatrics and Child Health, every year, air pollution in the UK causes approximately 40,000 early deaths. This costs the government about 27.5 bn pounds per year.
The High Court has requested the environment department in the UK to enable an effective plan to annihilate the air pollution crisis in the country by July 2017. Annika Waller, a representative from Blueair, stated that the vast majority is unaware of all the toxic particles they breathe on a daily basis. Along the routes with high traffic and in the major cities, the level of air toxicity and harmful substances like nitrogen oxides can cumulate, and in the long run, these may boost the possibility of respiratory problems.
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