It’s 60 years since the Clean Air Act became law in the UK, so we don’t get the old black soot pea-souper fogs any more. Today though, the pollution is just as dangerous, but you can't usually see it - emissions from road vehicles and domestic and commercial heating systems are mostly colourless.
But long-term exposure to air pollution is now proven to increase levels of heart and lung disease, asthma, and reduced lung capacity in children. In fact every year in the UK 30,000 people die early as a result of poor air quality, and it costs the economy £16 billion. It affects each and every one of us, and particularly our children.
We have to act, and act now, so we’ve created the AirSensa project, to monitor and visualise urban air quality right down to individual street level.