Because I live in the North West of Edinburgh I am in the middle of the main roads leading West and North to other parts of Scotland. ‘Rush Hour’ in my area is a time when everyone knows “Leave it a few hours to go out”, often it’s so bad we make ‘Rush Hour’ a part of our lives because it impacts so heavily on our lives in these parts of the World. The number 1 worst area for Air Pollution is St John’s Road, this road takes you out West towards Edinburgh Airport and the M8 (M=Motorway/Freeway for foreign readers) leading West. Go the other way and the Road leads you ONLY over the Forth Road Bridge into the Highlands of Scotland. So I live right in the middle of two of the worst roads for pollution it is untrue, but we live so far in the middle we are also high up a hill, the fumes don’t come to my area where I live, but we do avoid it when possible if we have to go out at rush hour. Also I take this from the Daily Record. If you are not from Scotland it is ALMOST looked upon as a Media to not help the Scottish Yes Movement. They say in the image above they want ‘Fairness for Scotland’ But if we look, they stopped asking for us. This is a Scottish Newspaper, it should be asking EVERY DAY why Scotland isn’t getting a fair deal, or what was promised. But that is for others to debate at another time. For now, the pollution levels are high, but compared to China, Japan, Parts of Europe, Asia and the America’s the levels are very low compared to say Hong Kong
ST JOHN’S Road in Edinburgh was yesterday named Scotland’s most polluted street. The busy route into the capital was found to have dangerously high levels of nitrogen dioxide in a study by environmental campaigners. Investigators discovered that toxic fumes belching from cars, lorris and buses were 60 per cent above safe levels . Hope Street in Glasgow and Seagate in Dundee made up the top three worst streets for nitrogen dioxide fumes, which are known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illness. The safety limit for nitrogen dioxide is 40 microgrammes per cubic metre, and for particles 18 microgrammes per cubic metre. The top three streets reached levels of up to 65 for nitrogen dioxide.
The study, based on official government statistics, showed that the air in cities and towns across Scotland was a danger to public health. According to the latest government monitoring, levels of nitrogen dioxide and tiny sooty particles are polluting urban areas with fatal consequences. Around 2000 Scots die prematurely every year due to the fumes spewing from heavy traffic. Hope Street in Glasgow was second on the list of the country’s choking . The new figures, compiled from official measurements by Friends of the Earth Scotland, have prompted a renewed threat of legal action against the Scottish Government for failing to tackle the problem. ClientEarth, an environmental group that took the UK government to court on air pollution and won, is warning that Scottish ministers could be next. “These results show the scale of the problem facing Scottish cities,” said ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews.
“People who regularly walk along these streets are being exposed to illegal levels of pollution that can seriously damage their health. “Scottish ministers should be aware that they could be subject to legal action if they do not tackle this public health crisis.” 13 urban streets exceeded annual average limits for nitrogen dioxide or tiny particles, or both, in 2015. This is fewer than the 23 streets in 2014, but campaigners say last year’s wet weather masked the true extent of the pollution.
Emilia Hanna from Friends of the Earth Scotland said: “Air pollution causes over 2,000 early deaths in Scotland each year at a cost of over £1.1 billion to the economy.” Hanna called on the Scottish Government and local councils to put more resources into cutting pollution and to ban high-polluting vehicles from city centres. “The government must support local authorities with funding required to implement low emission zones in our cities to tackle the scourge of dirty air in our towns and cities,” she said.
David Newby, a cardiology professor at the University of Edinburgh , said: “It is disappointing that despite the well publicised and documented health hazards attributable to air pollution, Scotland continues to breach air quality standards. “This is harming the population of Scotland and potentially causing avoidable health problems including heart attacks and strokes.”
The Scottish Government and councils stressed that significant improvements in air quality had been achieved in recent years. “We recognise that there is more to be done to deliver further benefits for human and environmental health where areas of poorer air quality remain,” said the environment minister, Dr Aileen McLeod.
The City of Edinburgh Council disputed some of the pollution figures, arguing that actual exposures to people were lower. It listed 14 moves it was making to improve air quality, and pointed out that 97 per cent of city streets met required standards. “We are making every effort to address pockets of poor air quality in the city,” said the council’s transport and environment convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds.
According to Glasgow City Council , 95 per cent of the city now met air quality targets though Dumbarton Street in the city’s West End is one of the most polluting streets in the country. “While we have made good progress, we recognise that there is more to be done,” said a council spokeswoman. “We will continue to work together with our partners to reduce air pollution levels and improve the health of our citizens.”
Source: Friends of the Earth Scotland and www.scottishairquality.co.uk