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London is among the worst cities in Europe for air pollution. It has the highest recorded level of nitrogen dioxide of any capital city in Europe.

Last week to respond to the Mayor of London’s clean air survey

Last week to respond to the Mayor of London’s clean air survey

Londoners have until this Friday 29 July to tell the Mayor he needs to be bold and do all he can to clean up London’s air. The urgency with which the new Mayor seems to be treating tackling air pollution has been widely welcome and is much needed. Read more →

Mayor of London launches clean air survey

Mayor of London launches clean air survey

Just two months into his term as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the first stage of the consultation on his plans for cleaning up London’s air. Sadiq, who blames developing asthma as an adult on the years of breathing London’s dirty air, promised to make air pollution one of his top Read more →

Twice as many deaths caused by air pollution in London

Twice as many deaths caused by air pollution in London

A new study commissioned by the Mayor of London has shown that the health impacts of air pollution in the capital are much worse than previously thought Read more →

Have your say on the Ultra Low Emission Zone for London

Have your say on the Ultra Low Emission Zone for London

Londoners have until the end of this week to take part in TfL’s consultation on the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) so make sure you have your say. An Ultra-Low Emission Zone could really tackle London’s air pollution problems but the current proposals are not ambitious enough. This would be the first scheme of it’s kind and could set the standard for others to follow. Read more →

Consultation opens on proposals for Ultra Low Emission Zone in London

Consultation opens on proposals for Ultra Low Emission Zone in London

Plans for the much anticipated Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) are finally open for scrutiny by Londoners. Since the Mayor of London announced the intention to investigate the feasibility of a ULEZ, there have been many calls for more ambition in its design, scope and implementation. So what is being proposed? Read more →

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Which transport option is the healthiest? – Video

Transport is the main contributor to air pollution in our cities, and how we move around in them can have huge consequences for how much air pollution we are exposed to. The Healthy Air Campaign teamed up with King’s College London, Read more →

Boris proposes charge for diesel drivers in central London

This week the Mayor of London announced supposedly “game changing” plans to tackle London’s air pollution disaster. Headlines were made over proposals to charge drivers of the dirtiest diesel vehicles for the privilege of driving into central London from 2020 under a proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone. However, after all the fanfare has died down, what are we left with?
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Healthy air for the great urban outdoors

This Saturday the Healthy Air London team were at The Urban Outdoors Festival with designer and campaigner, Vivienne Westwood, her Climate Revolution team, and Camden Council. This community festival was a chance to celebrate our great urban outdoors and encourage sustainable and healthy lifestyles to help protect it. Read more →

Cyclists deserve to breathe cleaner air

Weather man Martin Stew recently highlighted how cyclists can be exposed to harmful levels of air pollution along the capital’s busy roads in a report for ITV London. He also outlined steps that can be taken to reduce the negative impacts.

During his normal cycle commute from Streatham into Central London, monitoring equipment showed how Martin was frequently exposed to air pollution over the World Health Organisation’s recommended levels. Read more →

Can a black cab go green?

2014 could be heading in the right direction for London’s air quality with announcements for two new cleaner options for black cabs in the last few weeks.

Black cabs are seen by many to be emblematic of London but their diesel engines are catastrophic for the capital’s air quality. Diesel vehicles have been favoured by Government policies because they have slightly lower carbon emissions than their petrol counterparts. Read more →

Air pollution affects my life on a day-to-day basis

Rosalind Dalton has lived in the Royal Borough of Greenwich for 25 years, close to the A102 (pictured). A couple of years ago she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is a condition often associated with smoking, but neither Rosalind nor anyone in her household has ever smoked… Read more →

Making green links with Living Streets Southwark

Making green links with Living Streets Southwark Living Streets are partners of the Healthy Air Campaign and I went along to talk to the Southwark Living Streets group in March. Southwark being home to the Old Kent Road, they are no strangers to the issues around air quality, and Ben Barratt and his team from Read more →

Seeking Cleaner Air Champions for London

Healthy Air Campaign partner Sustrans are providing training and support for volunteers and volunteer groups to be champions for clean air in Hackney, Redbridge and Havering. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in one of these boroughs, get in touch with the Healthy Air Campaign Read more →

We can’t just move away: air pollution must be addressed

‘My daughter has had bad wheezing episodes recently – the doctors have mentioned they’re seeing more people than usual with similar complaints, which often happens when the weather makes air quality worse.’ Read more →

Frances Davidson

Meet Frances who lives in Islington. She recently shared with us her experience of air pollution in her local area. She suffers from a variety of health problems which she thinks are partly as a result of traffic-related pollution from busy roads. Read more →

Wandsworth Older People’s Forum

Wandsworth is home to Putney High Street, one of the worst hotspots in London for air pollution – levels of nitrogen dioxide are currently more than triple the legal limit Read more →

Croydon Cyclists sign up to the Healthy Air Campaign

Disappointed to see that Croydon’s draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy didn’t once mention cycling, the Croydon Cycling Campaign got in touch with the council and councillors Read more →

Malachi Chadwick, Cyclist

Meet Malachi – He moved to London 3 years ago. He loves cycling and rides his bike to work and to meet friends across London. Read more →

Camden school children: “We need to stop air pollution!”

Children from three schools in Camden explore the issues around air quality in these videos produced by Camden Council. Read more →

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