Smog pollution in Essex higher than Beijing and Los Angeles as air quality remains poor today

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AIR pollution in Essex was higher than Los Angeles and Beijing yesterday as experts warn of continued high levels of pollution today. 

Essex Weather Centre says air quality levels remain poor on Thursday, especially in Southern and Eastern parts of Essex. 

The 24hr mean pollution level was 7/10 in South Essex yesterday - nearly four times higher than defined World Health Organisation 'safe level'. 

Pollution levels are expected to drop to around 6/10 today but the air won't clear completely until a fresh blast of air from the Atlantic on Friday, forecasters say. 

Defra has warned people to be braced for "very high" levels of air pollution over the next few days.

Despite the higher levels of air pollution, Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures soaring to 21C. 

Today will see highs of 18C inland in Essex and 16C along the county's coast.

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9:28am Thu 3 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Handwringers of the world unite.

Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above.

This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind.

All should be back to normal tomorrow.
Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -8

10:06am Thu 3 Apr 14

ddf35 says...

where in Essex was it 21c?

Southend felt a lot chillier than tuesday and temperate gauge i looked at never went past 15
where in Essex was it 21c? Southend felt a lot chillier than tuesday and temperate gauge i looked at never went past 15 ddf35
  • Score: 2

10:16am Thu 3 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

I blame the turning off of streetlamps......
I blame the turning off of streetlamps...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 10

10:43am Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Handwringers of the world unite.

Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above.

This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind.

All should be back to normal tomorrow.
Spoken like a true flat dweller, without a single ounce of knowledge on the subject, they say ignorance is bliss, Gandy must be chuffed...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true flat dweller, without a single ounce of knowledge on the subject, they say ignorance is bliss, Gandy must be chuffed... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

10:58am Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

The Government need to rush through the new exhaust tax, help pay for the extra costs in regards to this issue.
The Government need to rush through the new exhaust tax, help pay for the extra costs in regards to this issue. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -4

11:00am Thu 3 Apr 14

Chris Flunk says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Handwringers of the world unite.

Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above.

This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind.

All should be back to normal tomorrow.
How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too.

Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?

According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.[/p][/quote]How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too. Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"? According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"? Chris Flunk
  • Score: 13

2:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

barrylabs says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.
How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too. Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"? According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?
"According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?"

WHO?
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.[/p][/quote]How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too. Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"? According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?[/p][/quote]"According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?" WHO? barrylabs
  • Score: 6

2:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Chris Flunk says...

barrylabs wrote:
Chris Flunk wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.
How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too. Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"? According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?
"According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?"

WHO?
Yep, it was the WHO. It's good they are informing My Generation, hopefully we Won't Get Fooled Again and Substitute fossil fuel for renewable energy. Then the smog will be gone and I Can See For Miles again.
[quote][p][bold]barrylabs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.[/p][/quote]How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too. Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"? According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?[/p][/quote]"According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?" WHO?[/p][/quote]Yep, it was the WHO. It's good they are informing My Generation, hopefully we Won't Get Fooled Again and Substitute fossil fuel for renewable energy. Then the smog will be gone and I Can See For Miles again. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 10

7:33pm Thu 3 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Nicely done, Chris Flunk!

Bad as it is, surely it wasn't worse than the smog of "Beijing AND Los Angeles"? Maybe Beijing OR Los Angeles?

(Effing useless reporters ... LOL)
Nicely done, Chris Flunk! Bad as it is, surely it wasn't worse than the smog of "Beijing AND Los Angeles"? Maybe Beijing OR Los Angeles? (Effing useless reporters ... LOL) /@|_|@\
  • Score: 2

8:50am Fri 4 Apr 14

Bhudeeka says...

I have seen worse areas than that picture
I have seen worse areas than that picture Bhudeeka
  • Score: 0

10:28am Fri 4 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Handwringers of the world unite.

Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above.

This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind.

All should be back to normal tomorrow.
Spoken like a true flat dweller, without a single ounce of knowledge on the subject, they say ignorance is bliss, Gandy must be chuffed...
"Gandy must be chuffed" for a split second I thought you had posted 'cuffed'
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true flat dweller, without a single ounce of knowledge on the subject, they say ignorance is bliss, Gandy must be chuffed...[/p][/quote]"Gandy must be chuffed" for a split second I thought you had posted 'cuffed' ThisYear
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
I have seen worse areas than that picture
I agree: in fact, given the source of this story, I am sorry but I have to question its veracity. I've been in Los Angeles and I've seen the smog first-hand and it is significantly worse than the misty veil hanging over the rural pastures in the picture above. Usual ol' tut from the Brainless and Witless staff.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: I have seen worse areas than that picture[/p][/quote]I agree: in fact, given the source of this story, I am sorry but I have to question its veracity. I've been in Los Angeles and I've seen the smog first-hand and it is significantly worse than the misty veil hanging over the rural pastures in the picture above. Usual ol' tut from the Brainless and Witless staff. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Fri 4 Apr 14

onorris24 says...

I was in Los Angeles last wednesday and air quality was actually very good, which is rare. you could see the coast which is very very rare
I was in Los Angeles last wednesday and air quality was actually very good, which is rare. you could see the coast which is very very rare onorris24
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Fri 4 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Wow! Lucky you. When that happens So Cal and the LA Basin/Santa Monica Bay area have THE best climate and weather!
Wow! Lucky you. When that happens So Cal and the LA Basin/Santa Monica Bay area have THE best climate and weather! /@|_|@\
  • Score: 0

10:25pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Handwringers of the world unite.

Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above.

This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind.

All should be back to normal tomorrow.
How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too.

Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?


According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?
Oh come on now Chris, it could be worse.
Now that G.B. has ceased to manufacture our contribution to pollution has dropped significantly. Shifting production to the little chaps on the other side of the globe has also transferred the pollution problem - cunning plan of New Labour.
I remember the smogs in London in the fifties - people died from the effects in their own homes! You could hear the buses but not see them till the spot light the driver used to follow the kerb came into view less than six feet away.

I enjoy a scary combination of bronchitis and asthma. The bellows have been a bit clunky the last couple of days but my manual outside work seems to help keep the chest machinery running.
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Handwringers of the world unite. Yes it is bad out there but really, most of the time our air is quite good in comparison to the places mentioned above. This is just a quirk of nature, Sahara sand and pollution from Europe and a southeasterly wind. All should be back to normal tomorrow.[/p][/quote]How is air pollution a quirk of nature? Yes, this level of air pollution is unusual for this early in the year but in the summer it's a more regular occurrence. Also, this is not just continental air pollution, the light winds mean we are stuck with our domestic air pollution too. Children in some London schools were kept inside yesterday because the air was not fit for them to go outdoors to play. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"? According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution led to 7,000,000 premature deaths in 2012. Isn't that worthy of a bit of "handwringing"?[/p][/quote]Oh come on now Chris, it could be worse. Now that G.B. has ceased to manufacture our contribution to pollution has dropped significantly. Shifting production to the little chaps on the other side of the globe has also transferred the pollution problem - cunning plan of New Labour. I remember the smogs in London in the fifties - people died from the effects in their own homes! You could hear the buses but not see them till the spot light the driver used to follow the kerb came into view less than six feet away. I enjoy a scary combination of bronchitis and asthma. The bellows have been a bit clunky the last couple of days but my manual outside work seems to help keep the chest machinery running. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 1

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