London Evening Standard)
- PIPPA CRERAR
- 17 days ago
The 50 most polluted primary schools in London are to get toxic air audits to help them dramatically cut pupils’ exposure to filthy fumes.
Announcing extra help for them to bring in anti-pollution measures, Sadiq Khan branded the air quality around schools “shameful”. He warned that 360 schools in the capital are in pollution hotspots.
He spoke as the capital emerged from its worst dose of toxic air in six years. Yesterday Mr Khan declared the first “black alert” for very high air pollution since he came to power in May.
With a high pressure system creating cold, calm and settled conditions in the past week, severe particulate pollution hung over London, with levels reaching “very high” on Sunday evening — the worst since April 2011.
Toxic air hot the top “black alert” early yesterday morning, leading to one school — Sir John Cass’s foundation primary in the City — restricting time outdoors for young children.
On Monday: All Londoners warned over breathing toxic air
By 9am today the level of PM2.5 particulates had fallen below the “black” level of 100 microgrammes per cubic metre at the school. However it was still on “red” alert for “high” pollution. Similar peaks were recorded at Swiss Cottage and Ley Street in Redbridge.