Extinction Rebellion: better air quality for Londoners

Extinction Rebellion: better air quality for Londoners

Whatever your feelings about climate change protesters blockading roads in the capital, it's incontrovertible that no traffic = better air quality

After a week of protests by Extinction Rebellion in London, research by Kings College London shows that protestors significantly reduced air pollution around Oxford Street, Waterloo Bridge and The Strand in central London by reducing traffic in these areas. Overall, the environmentalist campaign reduced hourly air pollution levels by almost 50 per cent across all major campaign routes.
 
As concern grows about the effect human activity has had and continues to have on our planet, the issue of air pollution in cities and its impact on our health is becoming more prominent; and many scientists see growing plants close to roads as a simple step town planners can take to help cut pollution levels.
 
It's also clear that we should be introducing more plants into our interiors and offices should invest in green walls to help keep workers in good health.
 
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