….At approximately 6pm every evening my iPhone beeps….
I subscribe to a free service for people suffering from severe lung disease, called ‘airTEXT, your air for London’. I was introduced to the scheme by my Team of hospital doctors. At about 6pm every evening I receive a text to say what the following day’s air is going to be like, pollen or pollution-wise.
Last night I received this text:
MODERATE air pollution forecast for THURSDAY
Health effects are unlikely to require action.
If unwell, contact GP.
I have often received texts warning of HIGH Air Pollution, and the advice is to ‘Consider reducing exposure by spending less time outdoors’. I do usually ‘twig’ what the air is going to be like pretty much before the text comes through-as by the start of the evening pollen ‘fall-out’, I am suffering! Needless to say, I think this is a great free service. From time to time I receive questionnaires in the post, to help with their research but I think it is a fantastic scheme.
I remember my childhood, living in Pasadena, California, and frequently having Stage 1, 2, or 3 smog alerts!
….Those were the days of the LA Pea-Soupers!….