Thursday and Friday saw a huge elevation in pollution levels across Britain. in particular the South East. With the pollution levels now falling, what could be done to solve the problem? Why did we have so much pollution? The picture (left) shows the pollution levels in Central London on Thursday, it got so bad that the elderly and people with heart or lung conditions were being told to refrain from vigorous exercise outside as their conditions could worsen. Met Office Forecasters are now predicting these pollution levels will continue to fall over the next week fairly rapidly. Data showed pollution levels had dropped from a maximum of 10 on Thursday to low and moderate levels across the South East. Health effects
- Those with existing lung and heart conditions may find symptoms worsen
- They should avoid doing too much, especially outdoors
- Healthy people may experience minor symptoms such as a sore throat or a tickly cough
- They should avoid strenuous activity in order to reduce such symptoms
- “To say this is a temporary issue caused by Saharan dust shows a clear misunderstanding of the air pollution issue.
This, according to David Cameron is a ‘naturally occurring phenomenon’. Winds even brought sand from a Sahara Desert sandstorm, combining with general European pollution, this amounted to record breaking levels of pollution.
A Higher Asthma risk High levels of air pollution are usually reached about five times a year. Defra advised people with lung and heart conditions to avoid strenuous outdoor activity while pollution levels remained high. Defra also said that anyone suffering symptoms of pollution, like sore eyes; coughs and sore throats should cut down on the amount that they do outside. Asthma UK urged anyone suffering from the condition to be vigilant and follow basic safety tips to lower your risk of an attack.