all around the world are watching London’s groundbreaking
congestion charge experiment to see how effective it is in cutting
traffic and improving London’s environment.
Its impact on air pollution is also being closely monitored in
London, by the Environmental Research Group, part of The School of
Health & Life Sciences at King’s College London, which
has over 80 monitoring sites across London.
This year, for the first time, they are assessing the impact of
the Congestion Charging scheme on both air quality and the health
of the population, with funding from the Health Effects Institute
in the USA. This is a combined study of both the toxicology of
pollutants and an epidemiological study of their impact on
While the monitoring group measures and collects pollution
particles samples, the laboratories study the impact of the
particles collected on samples of the fluid which lines the lungs,
to see how dangerous they are to public health.
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