Monday, 1 May 2017

Tube 'higher than driving' for air pollution, our study finds

Travelling on the Underground exposes commuters to more than eight times as much air pollution as those who drive to work, a university study has found.

The University of Surrey study found when train windows were open, commuters were exposed to more pollutants..................

Prof Prashant Kumar, who led the study, said: "We found that there is definitely an element of environmental injustice among those commuting in London, with those who create the most pollution having the least exposure to it. The relatively new airtight trains with closed windows showed a significant difference to the levels of particles people are exposed to over time, suggesting that operators should consider this aspect during any upgrade of Underground trains, along with the ways to improve ventilation in underground tunnels."

Please note that the above contents are the excerpts from the BBC online article. The full story can be read here:

The story is based on our recent article:
Rivas, I., Kumar, P., Hagen-Zanker, A., 2017. Exposure to air pollutants during commuting in London: are there inequalities among different socio-economic groups? Environment International Online link:

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