Breathe London adds new feature to air quality map

Breathe London has added a ‘find my location’ feature to its map of the capital, which allows Londoners to view the latest air pollution data from their nearest monitoring station.

It includes current nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) readings and If you have the mobile data selected, you will also be able to see those average NO2 readings from the nearest roads.

They are hoping the addition will be a useful tool for Londoners to check nearby pollution levels, take precautions when necessary and feel empowered to demand action to clean the air. 

To use the feature, you need to click on this icon on the right corner of the Breathe London map.

Breathe London was launched in January 2019 by the Environmental Defense Fund and is backed by the Mayor of London and other partners. It aims to paint a clearer picture of air quality across the city, including through its network of state-of-the-art sensor pods on buildings and schools. 

In October, the second wave of data from Breathe London was published, which suggests London still has a long way to go until it meets World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

Air quality sensors were fitted in 30 schools, which showed that 90% were likely to exceed the WHO annual guideline of PM2.5 of 10 ug/m3.

Photo Credit – Pixabay


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