Air pollution down by 40% in cities during COVID-19 lockdown
Air pollution dropped sharply during the COVID-19 lockdown and new analysis shows where the biggest changes took place.
Updated figures show that nitrogen dioxide fell by over 40% in cities around the UK, while small particle pollution saw smaller changes.
“Virtually all changes” proposed for net zero emissions could improve air quality in the UK
The UK’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions could reduce air pollution in nearly every sector, from agriculture and land use to energy production, according to a new report published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
The report, written by Defra’s Air Quality Expert Group, suggests that there is potential for improving air quality nearly every step of the way towards net zero, depending on how replacement low-carbon technologies are used and whether new hazards are managed.
National Centre for Atmospheric Science statement on Black Lives Matter
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) supports the UKRI statement on Black Lives Matter. The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired and encouraged us to reflect on the injustices facing Black people, including across the atmospheric science research community.
Innovative public engagement project will tell the story of cleaner air during COVID-19
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science is embarking on a digital story-telling initiative to engage children with recent changes in our environment.
The new initiative, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, will pair air quality scientists with a writer and illustrator to tell a story inspired by the time our air became cleaner.