Air quality concerns
Air pollution is a major concern for local people, which is why Hammersmith & Fulham Council, aided by a resident-led Air Quality Commission, is doing everything we can to tackle the problem. Visit the Air Quality Commission's web page.
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.
You can gain a detailed understanding of the air quality near you thanks to monitoring in Hammersmith & Fulham. Current pollution levels in the borough and across London based on monitoring across the capital can be found here.
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.
There is still time to help the resident-led Air Quality Commission by giving them an understanding of how air quality affects your life, and what can be done to improve it.
Here are the latest updates in the ongoing debate: