Saturday, March 21, 2015

Air Pollution Alert Issued in England

Smog over parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland has prompted a warning from Public Health England. The Department for Environment said there was moderate to high levels of the pollution, which is caused by traffic fumes and other sources. Air pollution has also blown in from Europe and Public Health England said the conditions could affect people with lung or heart problems or asthma.

Defra said levels were due to fall to moderate or low levels by Friday. More @ BBC

Smog is formed when pollutants, dust, pollen and other particles that would normally be dispersed by winds are prevented from escaping from the layer of cool air that is trapped at the Earth's surface.
Sotiris Vardoulakis, head of Public Health England's air pollution and climate change group, said: "While most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution - some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms."

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