Why we all need to have fresh air

Why we all need to have fresh air

Why we all need to have fresh air

First published in Letters by

THERE has been concern regarding the high levels of air pollution in the UK but actually this phenomenon has always been around.

Fifty years ago when I was a glider pilot, I was well aware of it. Anti-cyclonic high pressure weather systems trap all the dirt – by the inversion level (normally about 3,000 feet).

The present pollution has obviously been exacerbated by the Sahara sand but will dissipate quickly when the high pressure moves.

I am far more concerned about air quality – or lack of it – all the year round in public buildings and hotels.

I feel very sorry for all those slaving away in rooms that have no opening windows letting in “ fresh” air but are completely air conditioned and far from fresh. “ Air polluted” would be a much better title.

How much illness and disease is passed round UK staff from germs and bacteria recirculated and pumped through the vents all day/week/year long? How much does this cost British industry?

I would like to see public lists in the workplace stating hourly: “ This room has been scientifically checked for air quality to breathe and meets all human requirements for a healthy life.”

Keith Massey, Mill Lane, York.

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9:39pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Dr Robert says...

We are very fortunate to geographically live where we live, the British Isles, as a past Paraglider pilot, not having the pleasure of a cockpit, but flying by the seat of ones pants literally, at this time of year we generally have easterlies bringing masses of pollution from Europe. I remember sitting on the tops of hills in the Dales, either waiting for the wind to increase or drop before take off and not being able to see more than a mile to the east due to pollution. I do not think there is any filtration in the air con world that would give purely clean air. Thanks again to our geography we generally enjoy westerly's.
We are very fortunate to geographically live where we live, the British Isles, as a past Paraglider pilot, not having the pleasure of a cockpit, but flying by the seat of ones pants literally, at this time of year we generally have easterlies bringing masses of pollution from Europe. I remember sitting on the tops of hills in the Dales, either waiting for the wind to increase or drop before take off and not being able to see more than a mile to the east due to pollution. I do not think there is any filtration in the air con world that would give purely clean air. Thanks again to our geography we generally enjoy westerly's. Dr Robert
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