What is air pollution? How is it caused? How bad is it in Bishopston? How can we clean our air? Do our own actions help? How can we talk to each other and work together to improve things? This section helps you learn about these knotty questions.

facemaskThe chances are that, if you are looking at this website, you are already aware of some of the worrying facts about air pollution and its effects on our health.

Either way, let's start with some basic facts about air pollution, the main sources and the substances that create it.

lifecourseAir pollution has increasingly been shown as having a serious effect on health, to the extent that experts have claimed we are facing a "public health emergency".

Let's look at the impact on health.....

bristolproblemWHO's air quality database showed 44 out of 51 British towns and cities had failed its tests for fine sooty particles smaller than 2.5 microns across. 

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Is it possible, living in an urban environment, to avoid air pollution? The short answer is NO, not all air pollution!

But...

AirQualityAir pollution and clean air is big news right now. But what are our politicians and local authorities doing to clean up our air?

We'll restrict our coverage of this question here to a quick summary of responses from Government, Bristol City Council and other cities.

CleanAirForBristolBristol City Council is required to implement a Clean Air Zone (CAZ). They have announced the options they are considering, will make a final decision by the end of 2018. 

The CAZ may cover a "small" area: the city centre (from the Bear Pit to Hotwells). Or it may cover a "medium area" which cuts through Bishopston and includes Gloucester Road up as far as Bishopston Library and most of St Andrews.

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Cars don't pollute, people do! How much difference to clean air can we make as individuals? Is our behaviour responsible? Should it change, if so how might it?

These knotty question are being hotly debated.

REMEMBER!: the Clean Air Bishopston team is small and purely voluntary, wants to do a lot more to enhance this web site and extend our project, but needs YOU!! Please get in touch with your contributions, comments, suggestions, offers of help, or for some other reason: click here to reach our contact form.
 

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