London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled backpacks fitted with a battery and Dyson air sensor that schoolchildren will carry to measure air pollution.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled backpacks fitted with a battery and Dyson air sensor that schoolchildren will carry to measure air pollution.Credit:Latika Bourke

The air top quality readers will measure particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide levels, with their readings extracted each week by scientists at Kings College London.

On Monday, London breached air pollution limits for 2019. It is estimated that 9000 Londoners die prematurely every single year as a outcome of breathing in toxic air.

Khan mentioned the information gathered would assist inform policies on how to minimize air pollution ahead of the city’s move to an “ultra low emissions zone” in April.

“The info will imply we can supply excellent tips to a kid and their parents about what points they can do to minimise their exposure to toxic air,” he mentioned.

A student at Haimo Primary School in London with one of the backpacks designed to track air pollution.

A student at Haimo Major College in London with 1 of the backpacks made to track air pollution.Credit:Latika Bourke

“It is kids who face the worst consequences from the poisonous air in our city. When you hear that kids, since of the toxic air, have underdeveloped or stunted lungs permanently, it really is heartbreaking but it really is preventable.

The initiative is portion of the Breathe London system devised at the C40 Cities network, which involves Sydney and Melbourne. The network functions to tackle climate alter.

Khan, who described London as a globe leader in monitoring air pollution, mentioned he hoped the pilot would spread to Australia.

“The notion is to operate with other cities across the globe as the vice chair of C40,” he mentioned. “Sydney’s a member of C40 … we’re attempting to make positive that we can pilot suggestions and spread ideal practice across the globe.

“We’re hoping to show other cities how you can alter behaviour primarily based on information.”

Shannon Lawrence from C40 Cities mentioned London’s operate to monitor air top quality must be adopted globally.

“With a pilot like this, hunting at unique technologies, hunting at approaches we can incorporate these as portion of a monitoring method … we’re definitely hoping there’ll be worldwide lessons for cities all more than the globe to apply,” she mentioned.

Latika Bourke is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, primarily based in London.

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