- Poor air quality has been identified as the largest environmental risk to public health in the United Kingdom
- Studies are already underway linking COVID-19 health impacts and air pollution
- Air pollution is linked to the development of asthma
- Latest data shows two million Londoners are living with illegal toxic air
- All Londoners are exposed to concentrations of PM2.5 higher than WHO guidelines
- Every year over 9,000 Londoners die prematurely from long-term exposure to air pollution
A second incinerator at Belvedere will mean more pollutants are released into the air when the waste is burnt and from the diesel-fuelled tugs and lorries delivering the waste for processing. These emissions will be carried far and wide by prevailing winds so will not only affect Bexley residents.
The image on the left shows the size of particulates (PM10 and PM2.5) compared to a human hair. PM10 can enter our lungs from the air we breath while PM2.5 can directly enter the blood stream via the lungs.
Further information on the proven health risks associated with polluted air is available on the websites of Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation (BFL) and World Health Organisation (WHO). Results of London’s air quality monitoring can be accessed from the Breath London website.
The air pollutants shown in our logo are: NOx = nitric oxide & nitrogen dioxide, SO2 = sulphur dioxide, CO2 = carbon dioxide, HC = hydrocarbons and PM = particulates.