Londoners alerted to minimize outdoor physical activity due to ‘very high levels of pollution’

Experts have warned Londoners should avoid excessive physical exercise on Friday due to “extremely high” pollution levels.

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Horrible air quality

Air quality is terrible due to a major high pressure area encompassing Western Europe. Due to the lack of air movement, automobile emissions and other pollutants are not swept away as quickly as they usually would.

According to the government’s estimate, pollution levels are expected to reach band 10, the highest level on the scale. In March 2018, pollution levels reached this level for the first time.

Reduced physical activity

According to official government recommendations, older people and those with lung or heart problems should avoid vigorous exercise, while asthmatics may need inhalers more often.

“Reduce physical exertion, especially outdoors, especially if you have symptoms like a cough or sore throat,” even healthy people, according to the American Heart Association.

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Pollution levels

Air pollution

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Stratford to the east, Hammersmith to the west and Stratford to the east should all look dirty. However, pollution levels are likely to be high throughout the city.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, claimed earlier this week that car use had returned to pre-pandemic levels and the consequences for Londoners could be dire. “We will replace one public health problem with another – caused by polluted air and congested roads – if we don’t redouble our efforts to achieve a greener and more sustainable future.”

By Saturday, pollution levels are expected to return to normal.

London’s pollution problem

Air pollution linked to girl's death

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Two women and a dog sit on Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath overlooking an overcast central London on April 10, 2015 in London, England. Air pollution and smog now blanket much of central and southern England, posing a potential health risk to people with respiratory illnesses, the elderly and children, according to charities.

Everyone who lives or works in London is affected by air pollution. Children, the elderly and people with heart and respiratory problems are the most sensitive categories. Poor air quality also affects people in disadvantaged areas, mainly because these places are often located near busy roads.

Experts called the reductions extraordinary, saying they demonstrated the air pollution situation was not impossible. In 2015, more than 9,000 people in the capital died prematurely due to air pollution.

Several contaminants that can harm human health and the environment are covered by the UK Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010. Based on EU limit.

Shares of Sadiq Khan

Since Sadiq Khan became mayor of London, air pollution has dropped by 94%, with the number of people living in areas with illegal nitrogen dioxide levels dropping by 94%. From 455 in 2016 to 14 in 2019, the number of schools in these locations has decreased by 97%.

A four-lane traffic tunnel under the Thames at Silvertown was supported by Khan, but was reprimanded. They use the budget for public transport, cycling and walking, according to Victoria Rance of the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition, which yields significantly better environmental results. According to an analysis by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies published in June, the tunnel is incompatible with the Greater London Authority’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

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