Thinking Outside The Box – Is A Clean Air Zone The Way To Tackle Dirty Air?

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Local clean air campaThinking outside the box - header image.pagesigners barely had time to catch their breath last week, with several events relating to air quality taking place across the city. The launch of Clean Air Southampton, the announcement of the City Council’s clean air strategy and a Researchers’ Café on air quality all served to raise awareness of dirty air in Southampton.

Perhaps it should have been dubbed ‘Clean Air Week’ for Southampton?
An idea for next year perhaps. We need to see whether the levels of air pollution will have dropped in 12 months time. Anyone looking at the results from last week’s ‘smogmobile’ survey would hope so.

Do you mean the electric van with air quality monitoring equipment?
The very same. It was driven around the city throughout the day to monitor roadside emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates, and below are some of the results from the survey. This…

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Grey Matter – Expert Evidence on Atmospheric Pollution

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By Mandi Bissett & Liz Batten

Michael Gove asserted recently that “people in this country have had enough of experts.” But he was wrong. We need them now, more than ever. Expert evidence forms the basis of our knowledge of climate change and air pollution, and will help us work towards solutions. In Southampton, air pollution seems to be an intractable problem, but one that fortunately we have the expertise to solve.

In mid-July, academics, council officers, industry representatives and campaigners were gathered together at a workshop hosted by the University of Southampton. The hope is that this is the first step towards developing an effective policy for tackling dirty air in Southampton and creating a model for other port cities to follow.

In his introduction, Professor Mikis Tsimplis got straight to the heart of the matter by stating that serious atmospheric pollution from road…

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