Londoners were urged to cut back all strenuous physical activity on Friday as pollution levels in the capital skyrocket. The government’s air pollution website predicted the worst possible score.
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on Friday ranked air pollution in London as eight out of 10 on its index. DEFRA had planned a “very high” pollution level, ranked 10 out of 10, but revised downwards on Friday morning.
The score of eight out of 10, considered “high”, always comes with a health warning: “Anyone who experiences discomfort such as sore eyes, a cough or a sore throat should consider reducing their activities, especially outdoors. “ indicates the government website.
DEFRA also calls on the elderly and people with breathing difficulties to reduce physical exertion.
The poor air quality has been linked to an area of high pressure covering Western Europe and a lack of wind, which means emissions and other pollutants are not washed away.
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Simon Birkett, founder and director of Clean Air in London, claimed residents of the capital were “literally simmering in their own juice with our own vapors trapped in the still air for days.”
“It’s a stark reminder of how much we need to reduce emissions from buildings as well as emissions from traffic. Please don’t burn wood on Fridays. he added.
Open source data suggests planes were hijacked around the capital on Friday.
Earlier this week, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the city was facing a crisis of “Dirty air and congested roads” and demanded that the use of the car be reduced.
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