News roundup: lockdowns & air quality, concern over plastic pollution and asthma and air pollution
Our latest monthly roundup of headline-grabbing air and water quality news – highlighting studies into lockdown and indoor air pollution, how Brits are reacting to the plastic pollution crisis and the links between asthma and air pollution in London.
An increase in indoor air pollution, thanks to lockdowns
A recent study found that indoor air quality took a hit in the UK, Europe and the US over the winter lockdown. This was mainly attributed to more of us working from home, with spikes in CO2 and a general increase in the presence of VOCs in homes. A build-up of these pollutants has been associated with decreased cognitive ability as well as headaches and throat irritations.
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80% of Brits are reducing their plastic usage
Last month was Plastic Free July, which saw many people both raising awareness of the plastic pollution crisis and doing their bit to reduce their usage. A survey by City to Sea and Friends of the Earth found that almost 80% of Brits are taking steps to use less single-use plastic, which is positive to see, but many expressed frustration at the lack of refillable options available to consumers.
Read more on our thoughts on plastic bottled water here.
Air pollution triggers asthma for a huge 300,000 Londoners
It’s no secret that London suffers from poor air quality, but a report last month stated that a shocking 337,500 out of 504,202 asthma sufferers in the city find that their symptoms are triggered by toxic air.
Whilst there was positive news that the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone would be expanded, the research shows how existing air pollution is already seriously impacting the health of Londoners.