More than a QUARTER of London's parks, playgrounds and open spaces exceed safety limits

Mail Online | 10/10/2019 | Jack Elsom For Mailonline
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London's air pollution crisis was today laid bare by a shocking interactive map that reveals how poor the air quality is in your local park.

A damning report has revealed more than a quarter of green spaces in the capital breach international nitrogen dioxide (NO2) thresholds.

Scientists - 'genuine - Concern - Health - Londoners

Scientists have now expressed a 'genuine concern' for the health of Londoners after they analysed the air quality of 4,470 parks across the capital's 33 boroughs.

Bustling tourist hubs such as Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent's Park are among the most polluted places and all exceed the 40 µg/m3 per year limit imposed by both the European Union and World Health Organisation.

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But people living in deprived areas are also among the hardest hit, with average NO2 levels substantially higher than the most affluent streets.

Children are particularly at risk, with the closest play space for 250,000 under 16-year-olds breaching the international threshold of NO2 - a poisonous emission produced mainly by cars but also from factories and even wood-burning stoves.

Scientists - Imperial - College - London - University

But the scientists, from Imperial College London and the University of Leicester, also warned that the elderly and those with poor health are disproportionately affected.

Some 24 per cent of playgrounds and 27 per cent of public parks burst through the 40 µg/m3 per year pollution cap.

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City of London, Westminster, Camden, Kensington and Chelsea and Islington are the five boroughs with the highest level of nitrogen dioxide.

Victoria Embankment Gardens has the highest NO2 level of 59.7 µg/m3, followed by Parliament Square Gardens - in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster - at 58.7µg/m3.

Dr - Daniela - Fecht - MRC - Centre

Dr Daniela Fecht, from the MRC Centre for Environment and Health within Imperial's School of Public Health, said: 'Dangerously high levels of nitrogen dioxide are a genuine concern for people living in the capital, especially for those with...
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