air-pollution-hearts_15311Friends of the Earth Scotland has released a list of the most polluted streets in Scotland which confirms that many streets are still failing to meet safety standards including Hope Street in Glasgow.

The environmental campaign group analysed official Scottish Government data for two harmful pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and coarse particles (PM10) which are known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illness and early death.

The results have been published in light of news that the Scottish government may face court action if it fails to tackle the illegal levels of air pollution in Scotland’s major cities quickly enough.

According to an article in The Herald a Glasgow City Council spokesperson said… “While we have made good progress, we recognise that there is more to be done. We will continue to work together with our partners to reduce air pollution levels and improve the health of our citizens.”

Last week BCC Scotland Investigates aired Car Sick investigating the impact of car emissions on public health. The show is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer for another 3 weeks.

In addition FoE Scotland are calling on finance secretary John Swinney to allocate a further 1% of the road building budget to active travel – which will increase the active travel budget by 20% – please take a minute to sign and circulate the petition.