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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:44

BBC TV shows community action can tackle UK urban air pollution

Resident groups, television producers and TV personality Dr Xand van Tulleken have collaborated with EarthSense Systems and demonstrated the effectiveness of community action to tackle localised air quality issues, the programme airs tonight, the day after BBC News revealed pollution scores for UK postcode areas.

The initiative, which took place in December 2017 in the Kings Heath suburb of Birmingham, demonstrates the challenges faced by typical urban communities with congested high streets and busy shopping areas.

bbc fight for airAs part of a day long campaign of action residents were urged to leave their cars at home, instead using public transport or walking or cycling for the daily commute and school runs. Volunteers carried out people and traffic surveys and Dr Xand van Tulleken showed his support presenting for the BBC TV programme "Fighting for Air" which will air today, 10 January. The experiment utilised special air pollution sensors, developed by EarthSense, which monitored changes in air pollution on the day compared to recordings elsewhere in Birmingham.

"We need to reinvent our high streets and communities to encourage relaxing and enjoyable environments, and clean and healthy air is a key part of the package. The air quality sensors provide a tangible way of recording and presenting evidence which can be used to plan and promote further initiatives," commented Professor Roland Leigh, Technical Director of EarthSense Systems. "This programme clearly demonstrates the positive outcomes that can be achieved as a result of community action."

bbc fighting for air 2In the run up to the community initiative EarthSense used its Zephyr air quality monitoring sensors to measure the base line of air pollution along the busy Kings Heath High Street and outside St Dunstan's Catholic Primary School. Results showed consistently high readings across the course of each of the proceeding 3 days with peaks in Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) during rush hour and school drop off and pick-ups.

Spearheaded by the Residents Forum, the Kings Heath Clean Air Day promoted 'leave your car at home' and took place on Friday 1st December 2017. During the course of the day the EarthSense Zephyrs captured real time measurements of air pollution and, when compared with the previous days' results, it became apparent that the community action had achieved significant reductions in NO2.

Building on the Kings Heath's project success EarthSense, a joint venture between aerial mapping company Bluesky and the University of Leicester, has launched a range of air quality community packages that are available for pre-order.

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BBC Two programme - 'Fighting for air'

BBC Pollution Hotspots revealed

Earthsense