Pollution levels on Scotland’s most polluted streets, including Academy Street in Inverness, plummeted between 17th March and 30th April this year.
Nitrogen dioxide levels have reduced by around 60% on Academy Street, one of Scotland’s most polluted, according to analysis of data from Air Quality Scotland by BBC Scotland, as the Covid-19 lockdown reduced the number of cars in the city.
Commenting on the data, Highlands and Islands Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie said:
“The unprecedented response to the coronavirus emergency has dramatically reduced the air pollution on Scotland’s most polluted streets, including by a staggering 60% on Academy Street.
“We know that poor air quality is responsible for thousands of deaths each year so it’s vital that we don’t allow pollution levels to return to normal as lockdown is eased in the weeks or months to come.
“It’s vital that Highland Council recognise the importance of protecting the health and wellbeing benefits that come with good air quality in Inverness city centre.”