Learn about air pollution and what we can do about it
What is air pollution? How is it caused? What's its impact on health? How bad is it in Bishopston? How can we clean our air? Do our own actions help? How can we talk to each other and work together to improve things?
This section helps you learn about these knotty questions, and signpost you to more and better sources of information about air pollution and clearer air.
If you thought that NOx, and PM 10 and 2.5 were the only serious air pollutants to worry about, think again. The latest toxic (carcinogenic) vehicle exhaust pollutant to occur at levels that can be considered potentially damaging to health is the gas, 1,3-Butadiene.
This short video is recommended as a good introduction to the basic facts about what air pollution is doing to our bodies. Watch it here
This video gives useful hints on how to lower your exposure to air pollution from traffic. Watch it here
How effective are trees at reducing pollutants in the air? Watch the short video here
Here is yet another scientific article offering more evidence of why we should be doing all we can to reduce air pollution and mitigate the effects of breathing pollution loaded urban air. Barbara Maher, professor of environmental science at Lancaster University, discusses the effects of air pollution on the brain. Read the article here
This Guardian article by George Montbiot brings home very graphically the blinkered view governments are showing to the damage we are inflicting on the health of a whole generation of children. Change will only come about by people taking action themselves to overcome this political inertia. See article here
If you thought woodburning stoves were environmentally 'a good thing', then perhaps you should look at this: woodstoves .....and think again.
Bristol City Council is required to implement a Clean Air Zone (CAZ). They have announced the options they are considering and are expected to announce a final decision by the end of 2018.
The chances are that, if you are looking at this website, you are already aware of some of the worrying facts about air pollution and its effects on our health.
Either way, let's start with some basic facts about air pollution, the main sources and the substances that create it.