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Tackling indoor and outdoor air pollution for a healthier future

The Clean Air Programme is proactively tackling the air quality challenges facing us all today

We bring together leading researchers from across a wide range of specialisms, spanning the physical, social and life sciences to the atmospheric sciences, arts and humanities. By working together, we can better predict and understand exposure to air pollution and its effects on our health, including the impacts on vulnerable groups such as children and older people.

Our community of engaged researchers and scientists enable the UK to address these challenges and effect change where it is needed, whether through policy, behavioural change, or legislation. Our work also helps industry respond to the need for new technologies to limit emissions and exposure to air pollutants, thus reducing the associated health risks and supporting cleaner growth. Read about our vision, mission and values here. 



Indoor air pollution and the health of children and young people

Professor Sir Stephen Holgate talks about the growing health issues associated with indoor air quality

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Will air pollution from wood burning increase due to rising costs this winter?

Photo credit – National Centre for Atmospheric Science

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Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital takes air pollution monitoring to the next level – empowering clinicians to inform and support their patients on the associated health risks. To read more, click here.

Kenyan farms benefit from Clean Gas Engine technologies, turning cow muck into energy to power farm machinery, lighting and IT equipment. To read more, click here.



Wave 2 Announcement

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Recent tweets from @UK_CleanAir

Local TV, Newcastle World @ClimateNCL, speaks Professor Anil Namdeo, Regional Clean Air Champion @UKCleanAir about the Newcastle Clean Air Zone due to launch on 30th January.

Only 1 day to go until @ClimateNCL walk to welcome @NewcastleCC new Clean Air Zone (CAZ). Setting off from @NorthumbriaUni Business School on Saturday 28 Jan at 10am. Say hello to our Regional @UK_CleanAir Champion @AnilNamdeoNCL who will be involved 🚶🏾‍♂️

Clean Air Champion @DrGaryFuller's latest @guardian piece looks at the role of wood and solid fuel heating in #London's recent #airpollution episode.

He also looks at problems with existing rules inc research by @Jwheydon of @UniofNottingham

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Human Environmental Health Roundtable

As part of an area of work on human environmental health, the SPF Clean Air Champions…

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Delivery Partners

The Clean Air programme is jointly delivered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Met Office, with others.

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