11 Jan 2012:
‘Dust Suppressant’ Sprayed
On London Streets to Improve Air Quality
Transportation officials in London have begun using a so-called “dust suppressant” at construction and industrial sites
in an effort to improve air quality in some of the city’s more polluted areas. A biodegradable saline solution, which contains calcium magnesium acetate, is sprayed by trucks onto roadways where it acts like a glue, preventing some particulate matter from drifting into the air where it can be inhaled by humans. According to Transport of London, the municipal transportation agency, the solution will be sprayed in small amounts several times a week
at 15 sites citywide. In early tests, city officials say, it has reduced particulate matter levels by as much as 14 percent. Mayor Boris Johnson said the dust suppressant is just one of many “short and long measures” the city will introduce to improve London’s air quality in 2012. Unless improvements occur, London could face fines for violating European Union limits on particulate matter.
Yale Environment 360 is
a publication of the
Yale School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies
Yale Environment 360
articles are now available in Spanish and Portuguese on Universia
, the online educational network. Visit the site.
Business & Innovation
Policy & Politics
Pollution & Health
Science & Technology
Antarctica and the Arctic
Central & South America
Photographer Robert Wintner documents the exquisite beauty and biodiversity of Cuba’s unspoiled coral reefs. View the gallery.
is now available for mobile devices at e360.yale.edu/mobile
The Warriors of Qiugang
, a Yale Environment 360
video, chronicles a Chinese village’s fight against a polluting chemical plant. It was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
Watch the video.
Top Image: aerial view of Iceland
. © Google & TerraMetrics.
A three-part series Tainted Harvest
looks at the soil pollution crisis in China, the threat it poses to the food supply, and the complexity of any cleanup. Read the series.