Air pollution monitoring

We all know air pollution in London is bad but how bad is it exactly where we live? 

To find out what the situation is exactly in our part of North West London, Transition Kensal to Kilburn and Transition Willesden have started an air pollution monitoring project on September 24th. 

We've been inspired by a similar project conducted in Camden. Dee Searle, from the Camden Green Party and Transition Kentish Town, came to TTKK open meeting last April.

Dee told us how a group of volunteers installed some diffusion tubes to monitor air quality in different parts of Camden, with the help of Clean Air UK. 

If you want to receive regular updates about this project and/or want to share articles and other bits of information about air pollution please join this group. 

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Latest Activity: on Wednesday

Here are the results of our pollution monitoring TTK2K map.  As you can see all but two of our sites are over the EU legal limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and Kilburn High Road is nearly twice the limit

And here are the results for Transition Willesden TW map 1 and TW map 2  Seven of our 10 sites were above the EU legal limit for NO2, with Cricklewood Broadway being over twice the limit.

In all 75% of the 20 sites tested exceeded legal limits for the pollutant.

We met in mid January along with other community groups to decide on actions to follow up this and combat pollution in our area. Watch this space for how to get involved.

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Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on October 17, 2016 at 14:56

I've just found out about Vehicle Idling Action, an education and behaviour change campaign to help reduce localised air pollution caused by motorists who leave their engines running when stationary.

12 GLA local authorities are running monthly event until March next year, with teams of local volunteers and project staff.

For more information visit the dedicated website.

Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on October 12, 2016 at 8:13
Tuesday 18th October   18.00 - 20.30
Tackling Air Pollution and Climate Change Together with  Health
UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park London NW1 4LE
For the first time major medical institutions are coming together to discuss air pollution and climate change, with leading experts proposing how to align action on air pollution and climate change in a way that is beneficial to health.
Speakers: Keynote presentations and a panel discussion from a range of speakers, including Professor Neena Modi (President of the RCPCH), Professor Frank Kelly (Chair of the Government’s Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution), and Dr Fiona Godlee (Editor in Chief of the BMJ). Discussions followed by the opportunity to ask questions and an evening reception.
The event also sees the launch of the report ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ from the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. The Health Alliance brings together the UK’s leading health institutions, representing 600,000 healthcare professionals, including Royal Medical and Nursing Colleges, Faculties, medical journals, and Associations.
Comment by Viv Stein on October 11, 2016 at 15:32

On Saturday 8th October, two of from Transition Willesden us set out by car to collect our tubes that have been monitoring nitrogen dioxide for the past two weeks.  We were pleased to find all ten tubes still in place.  However spiders had taken up residence in a couple of them!  It was obvious that those on busy roads were quite dusty with particles from traffic or nearby road or building works.

In all we clocked up ten miles from Cricklewood Broadway down to Harlesden.  With tubes labelled and sent off for analysis, we look forward to the results of our endeavours.

Pics and map to follow.

Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on October 10, 2016 at 8:21

Photographer and TTKK member Jonathan Goldberg took some photos on Saturday when we took the diffusion tubes down. Thank you, Jon!

Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on October 9, 2016 at 17:18

Camden council are organising an air quality conference on Wednesday 2nd November between 6pm and 8.30pm. You can book a ticket here. It's free. I've booked one.

Anyone else interested in attending the event?

I think it's important to know first hand what neighbouring councils are doing in order to get some action from Brent.

Comment by Sophia Flucker on October 9, 2016 at 17:03

Monitoring points for ten tubes (now collected)...we await the results

Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on October 9, 2016 at 13:08

I've just received an email from Friends of the Earth informing me that some more free diffusion tubes (aka Clean Air kits) will be available to order from Wednesday.

If you are interested in getting a air monitoring tube you should log into Friends of the Earth website early on Wednesday.

Comment by Janey McAllester on October 9, 2016 at 12:06

Success!  All ten of our tubes were retrieved untampered with and are being sent off to the lab for analysis.  A couple had insects in them but they seemed otherwise clean and untouched.  Well done to everyone for getting them up and out of reach.  A map of where they were will follow shortly.

Comment by Viv Stein on September 30, 2016 at 14:58

Transition Willesden have also been involved in this project.

Janey from TK2K and I spent the morning training at the amazing Grow Heathrow, run by Transition Heathrow, where we were provided with kits by the London Sustainability Exchange who are running this citizen science project.

Four of us then got together and put up ten tubes to monitor NO2 around Willesden and Dollis Hill. We located them at two official monitoring sites as well as outside schools, parks and busy roads – Willesden High Rd and Cricklewood Broadway.

We also borrowed a monitor that measures particulate matter, and used that in two sites a few days later.

Along with TK2K we'll be taking down the tubes on Saturday 8th October and look forward to a public meeting on Saturday 19th November to discuss results and plan actions.

Comment by Sophia Flucker on September 26, 2016 at 21:36

Planning where to place the monitoring tubes


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