Air quality

An overview of the actions that we are taking to tackle air pollution and improve air quality.

About air quality in Lambeth

Air pollution

Air pollution is the presence of substances (pollutants) in the air that have harmful effects on humans. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM) are among the most dangerous pollutants. Air pollution may not be visible but it can kill.

  • In the short term, it causes people with asthma, respiratory and heart diseases to feel worse.
  • Long term exposure to air pollution is now known to cause medical conditions, such as lung cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart and lung diseases.

Nearly 9,500 Londoners die each year from exposure to air pollution. In Lambeth in 2013 air pollution contributed to 400 emergency admissions for lung disease and 351 emergency admissions for heart disease

Source: Health Burden Attributable to air pollution in Lambeth – final report (2016) LSE Msc & Public Health (unpublished).

Air pollution today

We are continuously monitoring air quality through three air quality monitoring stations in Lambeth. 

We also have diffusion tubes throughout the borough.

For the latest data check our Air Quality Annual Status Report available on Air quality resource and archive.

You can also subscribe to AirText to be alerted before high pollution episodes in Lambeth, and to allow you to check the pollution forecast in your area.