8 hourly or hourly mean*
15 minute mean
8 hour mean
24 hour mean
360 or more
180 or more
764 or more
400 or more
1064 or more
400 or more
23.2 or more
20 or more
100 or more
|1-3 ('Low')||Effects are unlikely to be noticed, even by people who know they are sensitive to air pollution.|
|4-6 ('Moderate')||Mild effects are unlikely to require action, but may be noticed by sensitive people.|
|7-9 ('High')||Sensitive people may notice significant effects, and may have to take action to reduce or avoid them (for example, by reducing time spend outdoors). Asthmatics will find that their 'reliever' inhaler is likely to reverse the effects of pollution on their lungs.|
|10 ('Very High')||The effects on sensitive people, described for 'high' levels of pollution, may worsen.|
I was delighted to find that Reading Council have four permanent Air Quality monitoring stations and that they provide online access including historical data so anyone can pull up the stats. Good and bad. And there are plenty of bad. The Ozone monitoring is not in a roadside location. Which would give a fairer indication of what walking and cycling commuters are being exposed to. But at least it's sort of honest.
You can find it here. Does not look that great. Not a lot of waffle, just what is air quality and honest statistics.
I was able to see that NO2, Ozone and PM10 Particles freequently enter the medium risk area. It would seem only fair that these alerts are at least broadcast on local the radio and tweeted as @cleanairlondon are doing.
Now for the Wokingham version.
Looks professional. Well written waffle. Absolutely no information or transparency.
If you open the PDF's you can see that in 2004 we gave up actually trying to reduce our local community emissions and we have chosen not to look at scope 3 which covers things like actual air quality as a result of commuting etc.
The Wokingham Borough Councils environmental policy can be found here
It includes a heart warming paragraph.
"Enhancement of the Rural and Urban Environment - as the majority of our population live in urban areas, we will continue to improve and enhance their environment, whilst protecting the rural environment wherever possible."
Can we put that on a poster in the council offices please!
It also tells us that In November 2007, we signed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change and have a strategy. But the links go no where useful.
Luckily we have a plan. It expired in 2009 but its in here
The web page talks the good talk 'the importance of air quality and education on it (don't worry @wokinghambc I'll do that for you. No charge) but if you go into the pdf plan it is all related to what the council does like using a green tarrif for electricity. i.e. its offices etc. Nothing to do with the main pollutant which is commuters and congestion and how we will reduce it.
I'm loosing hair here.
Well they know why. In 2004 they realized that they can't get pollution down to where they want it to be without having less people travel back and forth through the center of Wokingham. How would that tie in with the property developer conservative donors keep applying since the profit margins here are allowed to remain so high.
Indeed the 'Wokingham Regeneration' which is widely regarded as "Not what we thought you mean't when you mentioned the idea a few years back" in particular is aimed at bringing in many more commuters and residents whilst increasing the distance for many school commutes.
Residents who grew up in a Market town are left with the option to get out of become a towny and, just an inhaler on your person at all times.
I have asked wbc today about our actual air quality.
I will let you know what kind of information I get back.