Introduction to smog

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This webpage provides links to posts and pages about smog in London.  See also Clean Air in London posts tagged ‘smog’.

1.  Articles in the media

http://delicious.com/CleanAirLondon

2.  Air quality forecasting

airTEXT

http://www.airtext.info/

Defra: UK-AIR homepage

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/

Defra: Last 24 hours

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/latest/currentlevels?period=24

Defra: Latest measurement summary

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/latest/?zone_id=15&Submit=View&type=forecast

Defra: Latest measured levels

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/latest/currentlevels

Defra: Forecast in words

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting/

Defra: Regional forecast in numbers

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting/summary

European Environment Agency

http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/air/air-quality/map/real-time-map

London Air Quality Network – Homepage

http://www.londonair.org.uk/LondonAir/Default.aspx

London Air Quality Network – Daily ahead forecast

http://www.londonair.org.uk/LondonAir/Forecast/

London Air Quality Network – Hourly bulletins

http://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/publicbulletin.asp?region=0&site=&bulletin=hourly&la_id=&postcode=&level=All&MapType=Google&VenueCode=&zoom=9&lat=51.431751825946115&lon=-0.17578125&Species=All&laEdge=&WhoBulletin=

Meteo France: Monitoring atmospheric composition and climate (N.B. press submit)

http://macc-raq.gmes-atmosphere.eu/som_ensemble.php?datemodel=20120615&mod=ENS&param=no2&field=Mean

Twitter list: updates from air pollution monitoring networks

https://twitter.com/CleanAirLondon/lists/smog

3.  Defra and Public Health England

High pollution episode warning: First “summer-smog” of 2011, 21 April 2011

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/high-pollution-episode-warning-first-summer-smog-of-2011

Air pollution ‘Information bulletin’ in 2012, 3 April 2012

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/air-pollution

Defra – Sky lanterns cause bonfire night nuisance, 2 November 2012

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sky-lanterns-cause-bonfire-night-nuisance

Air pollution advice to the public, 5 March 2013

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/air-pollution-advice-to-the-public

Changes to Defra’s UK-AIR website, 11 October 2013

http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/news?view=175

High levels of air pollution prompt precautionary health advice (PHE), 2 April 2014 (updated 3 April)

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/high-levels-of-air-pollution-prompt-precautionary-health-advice

Air quality continues to improve across the UK (PHE), 4 April 2014

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/air-quality-is-continuing-to-improve-across-the-uk

Breathe Better Together (30 January 2015)

https://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2015/01/mayor-s-new-air-quality-campaign-to-help-londoners-breathe

http://www.asthma.org.uk/news/launch-of-breathe-better-together-campaign

4.  Selected updates from Clean Air in London (and Bonfire night)

Clean Air in London – Is it still Government policy to issue smog warnings, 20 April 2009

https://cleanair.london/solutions/is-it-still-government-policy-to-issue-smog-alerts-for-london/

A warning for the London 2012 Olympics as Defra issues ‘First “summer smog” of 2009 alert’, 1 June 2009

https://cleanair.london/olympics/a-warning-for-the-london-2012-olympics-as-defra-issues-first-summer-smog-of-2009-alert/

Government issues national ‘High pollution episode warning ‘First “summer smog” of 2011, 21 April 2011

https://cleanair.london/olympics/government-issues-national-high-pollution-episode-warning-first-summer-smog-of-2011/

Smog could affect athletes, 16 January 2012

https://cleanair.london/olympics/smog-could-affect-athletes/

Government systematically hiding smog episodes 60 years after the ‘Great Smog’, 4 December 2012

https://cleanair.london/olympics/government-is-systematically-hiding-smog-episodes-60-years-after-the-great-smog/

Government did cover-up smog episodes and would scrap monitoring, 11 September 2013

https://cleanair.london/health/defra-did-cover-up-smog-warnings-and-would-scrap-local-monitoring/

CAL 260 Defra_Bonfire Night_Ad-hoc report_2002

CAL 260 Defra Bonfire Night_Report_2007

CAL 260_Defra_Recent UK air pollution episodes 140508

5.  Episode reports

London Air Quality Network (use drop-down menu for text explanations)

http://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/publicepisodes.asp?region=0

6.  Health advice

Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (detailed advice)

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/304633/COMEAP_review_of_the_uk_air_quality_index.pdf

LBC Radio 97.3 news on 27 February 2013

http://audioboo.fm/boos/1236065-mayor-s-office-keep-kids-indoors-on-smog-days#t=0m0s

LBC Radio 97.3: News on 27 February 2013

Health impact of Summer Smogs in 2003 and 2006 published by Clean Air in London

https://cleanair.london/olympics/a-warning-for-the-london-2012-olympics-as-defra-issues-first-summer-smog-of-2009-alert/

Mayor’s Question Time: Hospital admissions and smog episodes

http://mqt.london.gov.uk/mqt/public/question.do?id=44601

London Air Quality Network (summary advice)

http://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/airpollutionhealth.asp?HealthPage=HealthAdvice

Research showing association between cardiovascular deaths and previous day particle number concentrations

https://cleanair.london/wp-content/uploads/KCL-Atkinson-Fuller-Particle-numbers-and-health.pdf

7.  Media coverage

BBC Politics Sunday on 18 March 2012: London’s air pollution levels, monitoring and EU limits

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17421601

Evening Standard on 23 March 2012: Summer springs a surprise with six days of hot weather

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/london/summer-springs-a-surprise-with-six-days-of-hot-weather-7583558.html?origin=internalSearch

Evening Standard on 16 March 2012: London smog scare

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/london/london-smog-scare-7575337.html

Guardian on 15 March 2012: London air pollution at record high

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/15/london-air-pollution-record-high?intcmp=239

8.  Weather forecasts

2 week forecast

http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/uk/london/ext

BBC 5 and 10 day forecasts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743

Jetstream

http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=jetstream;sess=

Met Office 84 hour surface pressure forecast

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/surface-pressure/#?tab=surfacePressureColor&fcTime=1360843200

Met Office five day weather forecast for London

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/?tab=fiveDay&locId=352409

9.  Pollution Check

https://cleanair.london/indoor-air-quality/introduction-to-pollution-check/

Smog episodes up to August 2012

https://cleanair.london/wp-content/uploads/CAL-200_120812_Marathon-Day-compared-to-smog-episodes-with-times-in-20121.pdf

CAL 186 Introduction to smog_MQT smog hospitalisations

CAL 186 Introduction to smog_Defra smog warning 210411

CAL 186 Introduction to smog_Defra report on smog 2006

CAL 186 Introduction to smog_Defra report on smog 2003

CAL 066 Heatwave research 2003

CAL 066 Heatwave research 2006

Smog 130314_AQICN at 0800

CAL 264 GLA presentation to Fitzrovia BID_Breathe Better Days is ‘Solutions 4’ on page 8

http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/

Updated 1 November 2013