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Clean Air for Oxfordshire

Oxford Friends of the Earth is a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years. Our purpose is to work together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment

Poor air quality is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, causing asthma, heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Oxfordshire has some of the worst air pollution problems in the country, mainly due to domestic burning and heavy traffic.

What’s the problem?

There are two main air pollution problems in Oxford: particulates and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). 

Particulates are ultra-small particles that can be easily absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream with serious health consequences, especially for the young and the elderly. In Oxford, domestic combustion (e.g. open fires and wood burners) accounts for two thirds of the most concerning particulates (PM2.5), with the rest coming from construction and transport: cars, trucks, buses, taxis and trains. Here are current particulate levels in Oxford:

NO2 pollution is produced mainly by transport. You can see the problem areas for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on this national Friends of the Earth map.

We have an Air Quality Working Group and welcome new people to work with our campaign. If you’d like to know more email: cleanair@oxfoe.co.uk.