According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), pollution levels in Bournemouth are 10% lower than the safe level. The data comes from the World Health Organisations global platform on air quality and health. The database collects information from 3000 cities worldwide, covering 40% of the worlds urban population.
WHO’s safe level is number 10 on the global platform which is measured in micrograms of particles per cubic meter of air.
Bournemouths pollution levels were 10% less than the safe level at number 9, which is very positive. This is in comparison to Southampton and Portsmouth who were up to 50% above the safe level.
The pollution levels are measured by the annual average exposure to particulate matter, PM 2.5 which is the tiny particles within air pollution which can potentially penetrate the body and are closely linked with premature death from air pollution related diseases such as Ischemic heart disease.