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Air Quality

Air is essential to life. It is the mixture of gases that we breathe. Good air quality is therefore vital to good health. The main components of air are nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and variable amounts of dust and water vapour.

Common air pollutants include:              

  • Ozone
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Sulphur Dioxide
  • Lead
  • Fine particulate matter or PM 10 - particle in the air below 10mm aerodynamic diameter which can particularly affect people with breathing problems.

 

The Environmental Health Department is responsible for air pollution within the Borough, including the monitoring of air quality and prevention of pollution from industry and homes, including coal fires and bonfires. For further information please see links below.

 

 

In the 1950s the major source of air pollution in our cities came from the burning of fossil fuels like coal which gave rise to the great smogs. This type of pollution significantly decreased after the introduction of clean air laws. The biggest problem we now face comes from road traffic emissions.  Because most of the pollution is invisible, many people assume we don't have a problem. 

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