Your browser does not support JavaScript!

Better Hold Your Breath: London's Killer Air

Better Hold Your Breath: London's Killer Air

For access to this article, please select a purchase option:

Buy article PDF
(plus tax if applicable)
Buy Knowledge Pack
10 articles for $120.00
(plus taxes if applicable)

IET members benefit from discounts to all IET publications and free access to E&T Magazine. If you are an IET member, log in to your account and the discounts will automatically be applied.

Learn more about IET membership 

Recommend Title Publication to library

You must fill out fields marked with: *

Librarian details
Your details
Why are you recommending this title?
Select reason:
Engineering & Technology — Recommend this title to your library

Thank you

Your recommendation has been sent to your librarian.

E&T reporter Tereza Pultarova takes part in a King's College London experiment to find out what Londoners inhale. Each of the study's eight volunteers uses a different mode of transport to get to and from their offices in the city. The detectors are measuring black carbon - a type of particulate matter which generally comes from diesel exhaust. It's mostly related to exposure to traffic, but can also be found underground as it can come from brake wear. The participants are also wearing a GPS watch, which will allow exposure tie exactly to the location to picture how exposure on routes differs. The study runs over two weeks, and during the first week the volunteers use their regular routes. After that, Andrew Grieve, King's College air quality analyst, will analyse the data and propose a different, quieter and less polluted route to see how much exposure could be reduced by avoiding the worst air hotspots.

Related content

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address