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27 Mar 2015airTEXT predicted last week's pollution episode three days in advance

Last Tuesday (17th March) saw levels of particulate pollution across London reach 'High' levels, according to the official UK Government definition. The airTEXT air quality forecasting system, operated by CERC, predicted this event three days in advance and as part of the Breathe Better Together campaign this triggered a cascade of alerts containing health advice to health professionals, interested organisations and individuals. The episode was caused by the combination of light easterly winds bringing pollution across from the Continent together with local high pressure conditions leading to the build up of locally generated pollution.

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4 Feb 2015Breathe Better Together campaign promotes airTEXT alert service

On Friday 30th January Boris Johnson the Mayor of London launched "Breathe Better Together" - a campaign that aims to raise public awareness about air quality in London and promotes the airTEXT air quality alert service operated by CERC. The launch took place at Norbury Manor Primary School in Croydon. Amy Stidworthy from CERC represented airTEXT at the launch, together with the Croydon air quality team (pictured). The campaign is being led by a partnership between Camden, Croydon, Islington and City of London Councils and the GLA and is supported by funding from the EU through the Joaquin project.


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