Fall in air pollution in Falkirk Council area
Air pollution in the Falkirk Council area has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, figures reveal.
Figures from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs show the average concentration of PM2.5 pollution particles in Falkirk was 6 micrograms per cubic metre in 2019 - below the UK limit of 25, and the World Health Organisation guideline limit of 10.
That was a decrease from 6.1 micrograms in 2018, and the lowest level since 2010, when it was 9.
PM2.5 are tiny particles, measuring about three per cent of the diameter of a human air, which can lodge in the lungs and even pass into bloodstream, potentially causing damage to blood vessels and organs. They come mostly from traffic fumes. In Falkirk, the reading fell from 2011, when it was 8.4.