Decline in vehicle use in lockdown had no impact on reducing toxic particle emissions

By Paul Homewood

 

 

h/t Mr GrimNasty/AC Osborn

 

 

 

Notalot’s back of a fag packet suggested back in April that the lockdown seemed to have little effect on particle emissions.

A new study confirms this:

 

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The significant reduction in vehicle journeys at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown – which saw traffic levels fall by as much as 80 per cent – did not reduce the level of toxic ‘fine’ particles in Scotland’s air, according to experts at the University of Stirling.

A new report published today shows that harmful particulate matter emissions, also known as PM2.5, remained consistent during the first month of lockdown, despite a 65 per cent decline in the number of vehicles on Scotland’s roads.

The study concluded that ‘traffic is not a key contributor to outdoor air pollution’ – and went on to warn that people ‘may be at greater risk from air pollution in their own homes’.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-8710499/Decline-vehicle-journeys-lockdown-did-NOT-reduce-emissions-toxic-particles.html

 

The report does find that emissions of NO2 did appear to drop though.

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September 9, 2020 at 04:18AM

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