Warning over 'high' levels of air pollution in Bournemouth due to Sahara smog

Bournemouth Echo: Warning over 'high' levels of air pollution in Bournemouth due to Sahara smog Warning over 'high' levels of air pollution in Bournemouth due to Sahara smog

High levels of air pollution are expected in the South this week, posing a health risk to medically vulnerable members of the public.

Defra – the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – uses a 10-point scale to measure air quality, with 1 being a ‘low’ risk of air pollution, and 10 ‘very high’. Bournemouth today rates as eight along with Christchurch, while Poole rates as seven. 

On Thursday and Friday, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are expected to rate as level three as the smog moves away.

The high levels of air pollution have been caused by a combination of a South Easterly wind, European emissions and dust from the Sahara desert, creating smog in parts of the South and East Anglia.

And as a consequence, the health of those with existing medical problems is at risk.

Dr David Phillips, director of Public Health Dorset, said: "While the highest pollution levels seem to be in East Anglia and East Midlands, we are expecting moderate to high levels in Dorset today. Most people will not be affected by this but anyone with known heart or lung problems should avoid significant physical exertion while levels are high and people with asthma may need to use their inhaler more often. Pollution levels are expected to return to normal tomorrow."

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis of Public Health England said: “Whilst most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.”

He added that people with asthma may find they need to use their inhaler more often.

Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and the elderly are advised to reduce strenuous physical exercise outside, particularly if they experience symptoms.

Likely physical symptoms of air pollution include sore eyes, a cough or a sore throat.

The smog will spread across the South during the course of today and tomorrow, but is expected to have gone by Friday, when air pollution levels will drop to a 3 on Defra’s 10-point air pollution scale.

The high air pollution emphasises more than ever the need for renewable energy, according to East Dorset Friends of the Earth, who claim that the use of fossil fuels has long contributed to air pollution.

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12:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

twynham says...

This pollution has been over France, Belgium and the low countries for over a week, most have reduced motorway speed limits and restricted driving in cities to odd then even number plates to reduce the pollution.
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What do we do in the UK.
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Carry on!
This pollution has been over France, Belgium and the low countries for over a week, most have reduced motorway speed limits and restricted driving in cities to odd then even number plates to reduce the pollution. . What do we do in the UK. . Carry on! twynham
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Wed 2 Apr 14

sundaydriver says...

Lets just ignore it and it will go away - cup of tea darling?
Lets just ignore it and it will go away - cup of tea darling? sundaydriver
  • Score: 12

3:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

twynham wrote:
This pollution has been over France, Belgium and the low countries for over a week, most have reduced motorway speed limits and restricted driving in cities to odd then even number plates to reduce the pollution.
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What do we do in the UK.
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Carry on!
The primary source of this 'pollution' is perfectly natural and involves sand dust blown up from the Sahara Desert drifting slowly by chance and not for the first time across most of Europe.

What we all found on our cars the other day were NOT deposits of man made pollution but reddish coloured desert sand dust, it's happened before it will happen again, so DO please just carry on!
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: This pollution has been over France, Belgium and the low countries for over a week, most have reduced motorway speed limits and restricted driving in cities to odd then even number plates to reduce the pollution. . What do we do in the UK. . Carry on![/p][/quote]The primary source of this 'pollution' is perfectly natural and involves sand dust blown up from the Sahara Desert drifting slowly by chance and not for the first time across most of Europe. What we all found on our cars the other day were NOT deposits of man made pollution but reddish coloured desert sand dust, it's happened before it will happen again, so DO please just carry on! muscliffman
  • Score: 7

3:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

sundaydriver says...

Also................
...... I was in Bournemouth this morning and I could see the pier quite easily - are we looking at a library picc? (I dare not suggested the photographer put a filter on to create a 'misty' effect.
Also................ ...... I was in Bournemouth this morning and I could see the pier quite easily - are we looking at a library picc? (I dare not suggested the photographer put a filter on to create a 'misty' effect. sundaydriver
  • Score: 7

3:47pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

sundaydriver wrote:
Also................

...... I was in Bournemouth this morning and I could see the pier quite easily - are we looking at a library picc? (I dare not suggested the photographer put a filter on to create a 'misty' effect.
Guess which town competition is about to now start
[quote][p][bold]sundaydriver[/bold] wrote: Also................ ...... I was in Bournemouth this morning and I could see the pier quite easily - are we looking at a library picc? (I dare not suggested the photographer put a filter on to create a 'misty' effect.[/p][/quote]Guess which town competition is about to now start Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

4:08pm Wed 2 Apr 14

nobull says...

Easy, Stop breathing...........
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Easy, Stop breathing........... ........ nobull
  • Score: -1

4:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

nobull says...

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. nobull
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4:11pm Wed 2 Apr 14

nobull says...

Where is that pic?
Where is that pic? nobull
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4:19pm Wed 2 Apr 14

retry69 says...

sundaydriver wrote:
Also................

...... I was in Bournemouth this morning and I could see the pier quite easily - are we looking at a library picc? (I dare not suggested the photographer put a filter on to create a 'misty' effect.
I certainly hope it will not be like that in the future it will block the view of the wind farm
[quote][p][bold]sundaydriver[/bold] wrote: Also................ ...... I was in Bournemouth this morning and I could see the pier quite easily - are we looking at a library picc? (I dare not suggested the photographer put a filter on to create a 'misty' effect.[/p][/quote]I certainly hope it will not be like that in the future it will block the view of the wind farm retry69
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mudefordguy says...

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/11118654
.Updated__Worst_smog
_in_60_years_to_hit_
Essex/
http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/11118654 .Updated__Worst_smog _in_60_years_to_hit_ Essex/ mudefordguy
  • Score: 2

6:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

nobull wrote:
Where is that pic?
The completion has started.
[quote][p][bold]nobull[/bold] wrote: Where is that pic?[/p][/quote]The completion has started. Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Lord Spring wrote:
nobull wrote:
Where is that pic?
The completion has started.
competition
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobull[/bold] wrote: Where is that pic?[/p][/quote]The completion has started.[/p][/quote]competition Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Wed 2 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Europe is exporting their pollution as well as the populous.
WAIT!
An excuse for our Government to double the Green taxes.
Europe is exporting their pollution as well as the populous. WAIT! An excuse for our Government to double the Green taxes. BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

10:33pm Wed 2 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

The picture shows fog not dust and looks like Brighton!

This is why the echo wins awards and gets nominated for their own made up awards!!
The picture shows fog not dust and looks like Brighton! This is why the echo wins awards and gets nominated for their own made up awards!! hooplaa
  • Score: 5

9:22am Thu 3 Apr 14

twynham says...

muscliffman I refer you to

http://www.theguardi
an.com/uk-news/2014/
apr/03/record-pollut
ion-levels-likely-to
-stay

"Dust from the Sahara, emissions from continental Europe, low south-easterly winds and domestic pollution have caused air quality to plummet"

Man made pollutants CANNOT be seen!
muscliffman I refer you to http://www.theguardi an.com/uk-news/2014/ apr/03/record-pollut ion-levels-likely-to -stay "Dust from the Sahara, emissions from continental Europe, low south-easterly winds and domestic pollution have caused air quality to plummet" Man made pollutants CANNOT be seen! twynham
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6:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Lord Parkstone says...

Check out chemtrails. There is a link to this. Its been hushed up by the government and covered over with this scaremongering. The Russian's have been doing it for years with chemtrails. Google it before you dismiss it.
Check out chemtrails. There is a link to this. Its been hushed up by the government and covered over with this scaremongering. The Russian's have been doing it for years with chemtrails. Google it before you dismiss it. Lord Parkstone
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