calima – haze caused by dust from Sahara
Blood red rain is possibly an exaggeration, but high pollution levels in England over the last few days, expected to peak today, with people warned to take care.
High pollution levels to hit southern England, add to the mix pollution from France and dust from the Sahara.
A major spike in air pollution across much of England poses a risk to those suffering from respiratory diseases, older people and children, health charities warned today.
The government pushed its smog alert levels to “very high” – its most extreme pollution warning – for some parts of south east England.
In Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings the official advice for all residents – regardless of their health – to reduce their physical exertion. Older people and children on Easter school holidays have been urged to avoid any strenuous activity at all.
In other areas of England, particularly the south east and Midlands, the smog levels will be high enough to cause problems for those with pre-existing problems.
When The Green Party puts forward someone to speak, it does help to have someone who actually knows what she is talking about.
On World at One (wato) on BBC Radio 4, transport spokesman Caroline Russell welcomed dust from the Sahara, as part of the pollution mix. She added because it made it visible.
An extremely crass comment to make. Any pollution mix is bad, worse than the constituents, a toxic cocktail. Dust from the Sahara is very bad.
Periodically, Tenerife is hit by sub-tropical storms, it turns very warm and what appears to be mist out to sea is dust, when it hits, extensive damage, dust is blown in from the Sahara, everywhere covered in fine yellow dust.
Within days, many people fall sick, coughing, flu-like symptoms, ache, groggy head, fever.
Speaking to a doctor, I asked was it an allegeric reaction, very fine dust penetrating deep into the lungs, or was it carrying in viruses. She said viruses.
I still have bronchitis, a month on from a sub-tropical storm hitting Tenerife. The last few days feeling much worse, coughing, blocked up, tired and weak. I thought maybe high pollen levels. Now I realise, suffering from high pollution levels.
Caroline Russell talked of people walking and cycling and gave a figure of £30 per head. Where did this come from?
Why oh why, did she not talk about bringing railways back into public ownership? Though she did talk about better integrated public transport.
Why oh why did Green Party not put forward Tamsin Omond. Tamsin knows what she is talking about and she is a candidate in London.
A wonderful breath of fresh air, Caroline Lucas on BBC Radio 4 Any Questions. A glimpse of what could have been had the Green Party had the good sense to put Caroline forward for the Seven Party Election Debate last week.
Wato were also at fault. Three main parties on earlier, the usual pathetic drivel. Why were they not put on the spot on air pollution?
When there is a high pollution alert, why is there not a ban on cars entering cities? They do this in France. Public transport is free. Much easier to achieve when public transport is in public ownerhip.
Why are our towns and cities not car free? Follow the examples of Athens, Istanbul, Puerto de la Cruz, Bassano del Grappa, Cascais, Santiago de Compostela, in all of which the old parts of the cities are car free. In Istanbul, deliveries are in the morning or early evening, vehicles park on the outskirts and deliver by handcart.
Aldershot has the crass stupidity, of late afternoon, vehichles permitted to drive through pedestrianised streets. For the last three months, this has not been possible due to the laying of waterpipes. Now people have got out of the habit, make it permament. People have been able to enjoy the benefits over the last three months. There is also more people on the streets late afternoon. This one act, would achieve far more than the crass stupidity coming from the local council.
It is claimed 27,000 deaths a year from air pollution. Where does this figure come from? It sounds an exaggeration, but even if only 2,700, it would still be too high.
People need to exercise more, walk, cycle.
In Cascais along the promenade, and in Tauro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz, there are outdoor exercise machines for people to use, popular and fun to use. Why not install along the seafront in Brighton?
We need a better integrated public transport scheme, cheap, reliable, and in public ownership.
Alton Station is classic how not to. A bus stop marked bus-train interchange, the bus timed to leave as the train arrives.
We need far more information at bus stops (often not even a timetable), and on the buses.
At A Coruña, bus stops have live information, show the buses, where they are, estimated time of arrival.
Across Europe, next stop displayed on the bus and announced in English and the local language.
The HS2 gravy train should be scrapped. The money invested in improving the existing rail network.
Why are developments permitted that will only cause an increase in air pollution?
1720s Tumbledown Dick demolished for a 200+ seater Drive Thru McDonald’s.
Air pollution would rule out additional runways at Heathrow or Gatwick, or any airport expansion in the south of England. Mayor Boris has already vetoed expansion of London City Airport.
air pollution forecast Friday 10 April 2015