Air pollution falling across UK cities, latest data shows
Air pollution has started to improve in many UK cities, following the same pattern set by other countries where travel and outdoor activity have been restricted.
New analysis shows that levels of nitrogen dioxide and small particle pollution are significantly lower than the levels normally seen at this time of year in most of the UK’s largest cities.
Scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science based at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory have produced a set of graphics that compare this year’s air pollution levels to the average level of air pollution over the last five years.
Help solve the two-hundred year gap in British weather records
Scientists are appealing to the public to help save historical rainfall records, so that climate scientists can better understand the causes of wet and dry weather. By recording this information about rain online, we can help unlock answers to questions about our weather and changing climate.
The Rainfall Rescue project aims to fill in the gaps in our historical rainfall observation network. Scientists estimate there are nearly four million hand-written rainfall records, logged since 1820, that have been scanned - but never digitised.
Early signs suggest coronavirus outbreak will impact UK air quality
Scientists have seen significant reductions in air pollution levels around the world, as the coronavirus outbreak impacts travel and work.
At the start of March, NASA revealed that levels of pollution in China had fallen significantly. While Italy, the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases, has also experienced a reduction in air pollution.
Early signs suggest that the UK may follow a similar pattern, with air pollution falling across major cities.