Environment Agency - Adds Pollution Maps
(as well as Flooding)
You can now select individual polluting gases and their location that can be define and find more information about the substances
Main Sources of Air Pollution
- Air quality and emissions
Find out how air quality has changed over time, and how emissions of different substances impact on the environment and health.
- Air pollution incidents
In 2005 154 pollution incidents had a serious impact on air quality in England and Wales, the lowest number on record.
- Acid rain
Acid rain has been tackled for over a decade with some success.
- Ozone depletion
Ozone in the upper atmosphere shields the earth from harmful ultra violet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun. Man-made chemicals have damaged this “ozone layer”, allowing more UV radiation to pass through.
Other Sources of Pollution
- Pollution incidents - Pollution incidents such as oil spills or the accidental release of raw sewage can damage the environment, harm wildlife and pose a threat to human health.
- Ozone depletion- Ozone in the upper atmosphere shields the earth from harmful ultra violet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun. Man-made chemicals have damaged this “ozone layer”, allowing more UV radiation to pass through.
- Acid rain - Acid rain has been tackled for over a decade with some success
- Noise - Noise from industry, traffic and homes can annoy, disturb sleep and affect health.
- Light pollution - Light pollution has reduced our ability to view the night sky and causes impacts on wildlife. England is more brightly lit than other European country with the exception of the Netherlands.
- Environmental Crime - Illegal activities can directly harm wildlife or the environment. This section covers breaches of permits and fly tipping.
- Nutrients in rivers, lakes and coastal waters - Nutrients are essential for aquatic life, but high levels can upset ecosystems, create unsightly algal blooms and even threaten our health.
- Fertilisers - Fertilisers must be used with care to avoid pollution.