Oxford Street is the worst pollution hell hole in the world
London’s Oxford Street, home of Top Shop and lots of places selling ‘I went to London and All I Got Was This Lousy Chest Infection’ t-shirts, is officially the most polluted street on EARTH, with the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide.
The pollution station at Oxford Street has coughed and spluttered and produced a reading of 135 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre of air so far this year. That’s more than 4 times the EU limit of 40mcgs.
But that’s not even the true picture – that’s just the average. In the day time, when you’re out shopping for something pretty, the levels are even higher.
On one day in March, the nitrogen dioxide levels hit a chest heaving 436 micrograms per cubic metre of oxygen. These levels are higher than China and India, and it’s all down to diesel engines on buses and lorries.
David Carslaw from Kings College London said: ‘To my knowledge this level is the highest in the world in terms of both hourly and annual mean. NO₂ concentrations in Oxford street are as high as they have ever been in the long history of air pollution.’
So if you’re asthmatic, or would rather not die of heart disease or a stroke, then move to somewhere with cleaner air. Like Calcutta.