This initative is part of Airly’s ‘LetSchoolsBreathe’ campaign. Airly received over 100 applications from primary and secondary schools across the country for the air pollution monitors.
The devices measure concentrations of NO2, O3 and PM1, PM2.5, PM10 in real-time allowing people to quickly react to emergency scenarios but also to put in place longer term measures to safe guard their environment.
Many of the schools are located in flight paths or near main roads in the most polluted areas of the UK and will benefit greatly from the data insights and trends. The campaign has caught the attention of parents, teachers and activist groups who all want to help improve the air young people breathe. Local authorities have also taken note.
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On Clean Air Day, we’ve learned that over 25% of British schools are in areas of high pollution (research from Global Action Plan). Most of them are located in London and the South East of England, which is where most of the Airly ‘LetSchoolsBreathe’ sensors have been distributed.
In marking Clean Air Day at Airly, we have published a report on most polluted cities in Europe. 5 out of the top 20 cities for the highest levels of Nitrogen Dioxide are in the UK.
Newcastle Upon Tyne reached the second place with just after Romanian city Cluj-Napoca, and with Leeds, Edinburgh, Dundee, London, and Slough also making the list.
NO2 is a pollutant that damages immune system cells in the lungs and causes increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. It can make asthmatics more sensitive to allergens leading to a detrimental effect on their respiratory system. NO2 is produced mainly from fuel combustion.
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