Camden Council urge people to rethink tackling air pollution

File photo dated 10/04/15 of air pollution over London. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA

File photo dated 10/04/15 of air pollution over London. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

“Think differently” about how you can help cut air pollution, says Camden Council.

This is after data collected by from community operated nitrogen dioxide (NO2) monitoring tubes showed there remains a long way to go in the fight against pollution.

Unsurprisingly, it is worse in the built-up south and west of Camden than elsewhere in the borough, with Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road the worst offenders.

On average over the first five months of 2018, monitoring tubes in Euston Road found 73.987 micrograms per metre cubed of NO2, with Tottenham Court Road averaged 78.929.

The UK’s national air quality objectives state that the target concentration of NO2 - often caused by vehicles - is to be less than 40 micrograms per metre cubed on average over a year.

However, according to the monitoring tubes, the majority of areas tested in Camden would not meet this target.

The data was collected at 47 separate sites across Camden between July 2017 and March 2018.

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Camden Council has recently launched a new air quality campaign and the Camden Clean Air Partnership - which met for the first time this month - it sees stakeholders across the community working together to create a clean air action plan.

Cllr Adam Harrison, Camden’s environment chief, said: “I hope this will get people thinking about what we can all do differently to cut air pollution – walking rather than driving, for example, or not getting that wood-burning stove, however appealing it may be.”