Air quality concerns

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Image caption: Image 1: Professor Neil Alford, Cllr Stephen Cowan, Moumita Ganguly from Arborea, and former Imperial College student Julian Melchiorri (right), founder of Arborea. Arborea has developed a revolutionary new ‘solar leaf’ that can improve air quality

Air pollution is a major concern for our residents, which is why we created a resident-led Air Quality Commission to see how we can solve this deadly problem.

Together with the commission, we're doing everything we can to drive down pollution and boost air quality.

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Nearly one in seven early deaths (15 per cent) in Hammersmith & Fulham are attributed to nitrogen dioxide air pollution – the eighth highest level in London according to King’s College London. A further 8.1 per cent of early deaths per year are attributed to small particulate matter.

If Heathrow expansion goes ahead, the fight against air pollution is going to get tougher.

Thanks to our monitoring in Hammersmith & Fulham, you can gain a  more detailed understanding of the air quality near you. View current pollution levels in the borough and across London on the London Air website.

Causes and effects

The main source of air pollution is from traffic, followed by gas boilers and construction work. The main pollutants include nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which can inflame the airways, cause breathing difficulties and worsen asthma, as well as tiny particles (PM10), invisible to the naked eye, which can harm the heart and lungs and are linked to asthma and early death.

You can find out more about the levels of air pollution in your area on the air quality and monitoring page.

Here are the latest updates in the ongoing debate: