Air Pollution Worsens on Scotland’s Streets, puts Commuters at Health Risk
According to Friends of the Earth Scotland, Glasgow's Hope Street is among the most polluted places in the country with highest levels of nitrogen dioxide and fine particles recorded in 2013. For particulate matter, Aberdeen's Market Street appeared as the worst.
Particulate matter pollution is linked to increase in heart attack risk whereas unsafe levels of nitrogen dioxide cause asthma.
Level of nitrogen dioxide for Hope Street was 65 micrograms for every cubic meter, which was way higher than European legal limit of 40 micrograms per cubic meter.
While the Scottish air quality objective is 18 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter, Aberdeen's Market Street contained 27 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The City's Wellington road was second with 24 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland, said figures are really worrisome in context to health of many commuters who are daily exposed to dangerous pollutants in the air. "Fumes from cars, lorries, buses and factories are killing off more people than car crashes. Air pollution is like passive smoking, we do not choose to breathe in this poisonous air, it is inflicted upon us", added Hanna.
Hanna pointed towards the need for discouraging most-polluting vehicles and action against traffic violators. Low Emission Zones are the need of the hour to curb air pollution, said Hanna.