Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing due to toxic air from Germany


Blackleaf
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Air pollution in London passed levels in Beijing this week, figures have shown, with popular wood burning stoves and a cloud of toxic air from Germany’s industrial heartlands blamed for exacerbating the problem.

On Monday London mayor Sadiq Khan issued the highest air pollution alert in London for the first time, and said on Tuesday that the capital’s ‘filthy air’ is now a ‘health crisis.’

Readings at 3pm on Monday showed that air at locations in the capital were worse than in notoriously smoggy Beijing, hitting a peak 197 micrograms per cubic metre for particulate matter on the Air Quality Index. Pollution in the Chinese city only reached 190, which is still deemed ‘unhealthy.’

Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing... and wood burners are making problem worse


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London was more polluted than Beijing this week


Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
25 January 2017
The Telegraph

Air pollution in London passed levels in Beijing this week, figures have shown, with popular wood burning stoves and a cloud of toxic air from Germany’s industrial heartlands blamed for exacerbating the problem.

On Monday London mayor Sadiq Khan issued the highest air pollution alert in London for the first time, and said on Tuesday that the capital’s ‘filthy air’ is now a ‘health crisis.’

Readings at 3pm on Monday showed that air at locations in the capital were worse than in notoriously smoggy Beijing, hitting a peak 197 micrograms per cubic metre for particulate matter on the Air Quality Index. Pollution in the Chinese city only reached 190, which is still deemed ‘unhealthy.’

Although nitrogen dioxide levels in London rose higher than China in 2014, it is believed to be the first time particulate readings have exceeded those in the far east.


Wood burners release significant amounts of particulates and are responsible for 10 per cent of winter pollution


Wood burners and filthy air from the industrial heartlands of Germany have been blamed for London's air pollution

Experts at King’s College London said the recent spell of unhealthy pollution was the worst since April 2011 in the capital and was being caused by cold, calm and settled conditions combined with ‘traffic pollution and air pollution from wood burning.’

Temperatures have fallen below zero overnight over the last few days, meaning householders are burning more fuel to keep warm.

“This was the largest contribution from wood burning measured during the winter so far,” said a spokesman for King’s College.


A jogger makes her way through the fog at Grantchester Meadows in Cambridgeshire Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

More than a million homes now have a wood burning stove with 175,000 new ones installed every year.

Demand for the stoves, which cost between £400 and £7,000, has tripled in the last five years – partly down to the savings they can make to energy bills.

Last year experts at the University of Southampton warned that wood burners 'liberate significant amounts of particulate pollution into the outdoor air’ and said they risked undoing the good work of the Clean Air Act which was brought in following the Great Smog of 1952, which is estimated to have killed 12,000 people.


Sadiq Khan has pledged to tackle aid pollution and is bringing in pollution audits for schools Credit: Eddie Mulholland

Over the past few days, many parts of the capital have recorded double the legal limits of emissions. Some schools banned children from playing outdoors, and Public Health England warned people not to exercise outside.

The mayor said the situation was becoming so toxic to children that hundreds of schools will now be audited to see whether gates and play areas can be moved away from busy roads.

‘No idling’ zones are likely to be implemented to prevent drivers leaving their engines running while waiting for children on the school run, while the most polluting vehicles may be banned entirely from driving up to entrances.

Schools will also be encouraged to plant hedges and bushes around their sites to provide barriers to block out fumes and children will be encouraged to walk and cycle to cut down on lifts.

Mr Khan said: "Every child deserves the right to breathe clean air in London and it is a shameful fact that more than 360 of our primary schools are in areas breaching legal pollution limits.

"London's filthy air is a health crisis and our children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of air pollution.

He said the new air quality audits would be "a strong step towards helping some of the most polluted schools in London identify effective solutions to protect pupils from toxic fumes".


Cars are likely to be banned from idling near schools under new plans to stop pollution Credit: Joe Raedle

Air pollution from sources including factories and vehicles, particularly diesel engines, is linked to the early deaths of around 40,000 people a year in the UK - and causes problems such as heart and lung diseases and asthma.

In children it can lead to coughs, bronchitis and asthma, and harm the development of their lungs and brains.

A letter from 100 London schools, coordinated by Greenpeace, is calling on the mayor to tackle diesel vehicles on the roads, make walking and cycling to school safer, boost public transport and speed up the switch to clean vehicles.

The British Lung Foundation also called for more to be done to clean up London’s air and said the government must consider banning diesel cars.

“Children living and attending school in highly polluted areas are more likely to have damaged lungs when they grow up,” said Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation.

“Air pollution contributes to 9,500 early deaths in London every year. It worsens existing lung conditions and increases the risk of getting lung cancer.

“It’s a complete no-brainer: investing in making cycling and walking safer and more accessible in our cities - and moving towards ditching diesel will not only help clear up our roads, but will clean up the air we’re all breathing too.”

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Rebecca Abrahams, head teacher at St Luke's Church of England school in Tower Hamlets, said: "We have a duty to protect the children in our care, but sadly, even while they play outside at lunch, they are being harmed by invisible air pollution from traffic.

"Given what we know about the life-long consequences of exposure to air pollution as a child, it's imperative we clean up London's air without delay."

Friends of the Earth London campaigner, Sophie Neuburg said: “We strongly welcome any action to protect children’s growing lungs, and no-idling zones around schools are an important way to reduce children’s exposure to pollution.

“But schools shouldn’t have to take dramatic steps such as moving playgrounds and entrances to keep their pupils safe - London’s children deserve better.”

Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing... and wood burners are making problem worse *
 
Curious Cdn
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Your prevailing winds are Easterly in England?

Really?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Your prevailing winds are Easterly in England?

Really?

Must be, unless Germany's to the west of us.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Must be, unless Germany's to the west of us.

Hmmm... not at your lattitude.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Hmmm... not at your lattitude.

Germany is definitely east of Britain. 190 miles to the east.

 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Germany is definitely east of Britain. 190 miles to the east.

Of course it is but your prevailing winds are Westerly.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Of course it is but your prevailing winds are Westerly.

Who cares? After a quick check I see that the prevailing winds are south westerly - although obviously not all our winds are south westerly. That's why we regularly get toxic air from Germany and bad smells from France.
 
Machjo
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I believe in freedom. People should be free to burn all the wood they want and idle all they want. That's what the bottled-air industry is for.

As for economic development, we need to give more special tax exemptions to the petroleum-exploitation businesses. That too can help to promote the bottled-air industry.

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Who cares? After a quick check I see that the prevailing winds are south westerly - although obviously not all our winds are south westerly. That's why we regularly get toxic air from Germany and bad smells from France.

but the Great British nation is not a nation of whiners and complainers, but a nation of doers. So when will you build the Great greenhouse of Britain so as to keep the polluted air of other countries out of the UK?

You might want to leave an opening over your airports though to allow flights to fly in and out.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo View Post

but the Great British nation is not a nation of whiners and complainers, but a nation of doers. So when will you build the Great greenhouse of Britain so as to keep the polluted air of other countries out of the UK?

You might want to leave an opening over your airports though to allow flights to fly in and out.

A greenhouse of 93,628 sq miles in size?

That would make it 2,636,564.5 times the size of the Crystal Palace.

 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

A greenhouse of 93,628 sq miles in size?

That would make it 2,636,564.5 times the size of the Crystal Palace.

But it sure would create plenty of jobs. My advice, use glass that doesn't shatter.


You can do it. The UK is great after all.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo View Post

But it sure would create plenty of jobs. My advice, use glass that doesn't shatter.


You can do it. The UK is great after all.

GREAT Britain is the greatest and most successful civilisation in history, but not even the British could construct a structure of such behemothic dimensions.
 
MHz
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Really?? So China's pollution is from NY then???
 
lone wolf
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Tel Aviv called.... They want their whine back
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Really?? So China's pollution is from NY then???

I don't think that's likely, do you? Have you looked at a map recently? Britain may be able to get pollution from continental Europe and get covered in a fine layer of Saharan sand in summer but I doubt China will get much polluted air from New York.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by blackleaf View Post

great britain is the greatest and most successful civilisation in history, but not even the british could construct a structure of such behemothic dimensions.

roflmfao.
 
Murphy
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It's idiotic stories like this that have brought BL here. He comes to a board called Canadian Content and posts about the UK - a place teeming with inbreds, Muzzies, and people with single digit IQs. Is this a cry for help? The ranting of a fool? Or is BL not firing on all cylinders?

Yes.

Ask the ghosts of dead, inbred royals to help before you all suffocate.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Murphy View Post

It's idiotic stories like this that have brought BL here. He comes to a board called Canadian Content and posts about the UK - a place teeming with inbreds, Muzzies, and people with single digit IQs. Is this a cry for help? The ranting of a fool? Or is BL not firing on all cylinders?

Yes.

Ask the ghosts of dead, inbred royals to help before you all suffocate.

What's idiotic about it?
 
Murphy
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That you have bad air. You just have bad DNA. The Muzzies will fix that for ya. Or the pollution will kill you off and save them the bother.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Murphy View Post

That you have bad air. You just have bad DNA. The Muzzies will fix that for ya. Or the pollution will kill you off and save them the bother.

No, it's bad air, and it's coming over from mainland Europe.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I don't think that's likely, do you? Have you looked at a map recently? Britain may be able to get pollution from continental Europe and get covered in a fine layer of Saharan sand in summer but I doubt China will get much polluted air from New York.

From somewhere else then?? (rather than it being a 'local cause so a local fix is in order') Perhaps the UK should try this solution rather than blame it on the EU so nothing can be done to eliminate the pollution. Thet are just trying to 'pass the buck'.

Beijing to spend $2.7 billion on cleaning capital's air
 
Blackleaf
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/265194...air-pollution/
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

No, it's bad air, and it's coming over from mainland Europe.

You are spreading bad air, get a grip for once.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

From somewhere else then?? (rather than it being a 'local cause so a local fix is in order') Perhaps the UK should try this solution rather than blame it on the EU so nothing can be done to eliminate the pollution. Thet are just trying to 'pass the buck'.

Beijing to spend $2.7 billion on cleaning capital's air

Britain is in no way to blame for German pollution.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/265194...air-pollution/

Do you believe everything you read?? Why didn't the pollution end up a little north or south of London, instead it makes a beline for that specific city and no other locations at all are polluted. That about sum it up??
 
Blackleaf
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'Red' toxic smog alert issued in eight London boroughs as filthy air arrives from Germany | London Evening Standard
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6 days ago - A toxic air “red alert” was issued across London today, with millions of people urged to consider taking it easy to protect their health. ...

A red alert is issued when the scale indicating air toxicity stands between seven and nine out of 10. ... City Hall issues a London-wide alert ...
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6 days ago - London has issued a "red alert" for much of the capital as a cloud of toxic air sweeps in from Germany. Millions in central and west
 
MHz
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If the EU is so advanced why do any cities have pollution problems at all?? What is the pollution like in Germany if it is causing alarms to go off in the UK?? (after being diluted as it makes the long journey)
 
Murphy
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The short answer is that BL just isn't too bright. The longer, more definitive answer would be too difficult for him or most Britons to understand.

Blame Germany? This coming from someone whom I suspect lives in a group home.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Who cares? After a quick check I see that the prevailing winds are south westerly - although obviously not all our winds are south westerly. That's why we regularly get toxic air from Germany and bad smells from France.

Ummmm... Germany is not to the Southwest of you. How does pollution from the East move upwind?

Maybe, just maybe, YOU are the source of the air pollution in England. I know that it's a tough one to swallow, especially with all of those foreigners across the Channel from you, but ...
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

GREAT Britain is the greatest and most successful civilisation in history, but not even the British could construct a structure of such behemothic dimensions.

Wow.........there is such a word as behemothic............who knew.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Wow.........there is such a word as behemothic............who knew.

They are extremulizing robustuous!