University experts find dangerous pollution levels outside Leicester school

Posted by de57 at Feb 01, 2013 02:26 PM |
Researchers from the University of Leicester find damaging levels of nitrogen dioxide outside a Leicester primary school.

The concentration of nitrogen dioxide outside a primary school in Leicester is above recommended levels set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to a BBC Inside Out investigation, broadcast on Monday 28th January.

A team of researchers at the University of Leicester also revealed that levels during peak hours were above those that the WHO lists as ‘damaging to humans’.

These findings come as Leicester is revealed to have the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in England, with the neighbouring Midlands city of Nottingham recording the second highest. Residents of the cities are breathing in some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in Europe – ranking 9th and 11th in a table of European cities.

The gas pollution, known to cause problems for those suffering from respiratory conditions, is caused by vehicles on the road and experts say reducing traffic in the cities is the best way of improving air quality.

Inside Out East Midlands was broadcast on Monday 28th January at 19:30 GMT and will be available nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.