Wednesday, April 02, 2014
UK Air Pollution on Google Maps
The UK is this week experiencing record levels of air pollution. This is partly being caused by sand from the Sahara but also by the UK's appalling record on traffic pollution.
The record levels of air pollution has become a big news story in the UK media today. Which means that Defra (the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs) couldn't have picked a more opportune time for the launch of their new five day air pollution forecast map.
The Defra Air Pollution Forecast is a static heat map that displays air pollution forecasts for the next five days. However if you enter an address or postcode into the map you can view a local Google Map for any area of the UK, which includes more detailed local forecasts. Defra’s air quality forecasts are produced by the UK Met Office.