With the recent COP26 conference, and the world focusing on Climate Change, here is something I didn’t know about, and a very worthwhile project too.
As someone who has spent half his working life pushing a cab around London, the vehicle’s contribution to air pollution has not escaped my attention.
So when coming across this interesting research I just had to investigate it further. The findings discovered that tyres wear out from friction every time we brake, accelerate or turn a corner (including unexpected tight u-turns by cabs), and the particles become airborne affecting our lungs.
The Tyre Collective monitored the amount of tyre wear produced by a No. 9 London bus running between Hammersmith and Aldwych the route called ‘London’s oldest existing bus route’, which has its origins going as far back as 1851. At a distance of just over 5 miles, each journey on average released 4.65g per journey and a total of 65g a day.
The particles become airborne affecting our lungs, more are swept into our waterways and oceans eventually…
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