Air quality has improved significantly since the 1950s, with dramatic reductions in some pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide.
However, air pollution still damages our health and the environment. It is caused by emissions from industry, transport, energy and agriculture, as well as some household activities, such as heating.
Scottish Air Quality - What is the air quality like in my area right now? Air pollution level updated hourly across Scotland.
How has Scotland’s air quality changed since 1990? Interact with the graph below to consider reasons for these changes.
Scottish Air Quality Database - Nitrogen Dioxide levels. Nitrogen dioxide forms in air from the exhaust emissions from cars, buses, trucks and power plants.
Find out which sites in Scotland failed or passed since 2006. What do you think the reasons for this might be? Click on the map below and interact with air quality information.
Scottish Air Quality - What is the air quality like in your area right now? Air pollution level updated hourly across Scotland. You can also use this map to find out where SEPA monitor air quality in Scotland.
Scotland's environment map - Use this Scottish Pollutants Release Inventory (SPRI) map to find out more.
Air Pollution Information System
Monitoring air quality using lichens Lichen can give us a clue about local air quality. Use this app to survey lichen in your area and find out more.
Air Quality in Scotland
Air Quality Scotland keeps you informed about latest and forecast air pollution in your region. Download a free app for iPhone and Android keeping you updated about air pollution in Scotland.
CycleStreets can help you to plan cycle friendly routes and reduce your impact on air pollution. This app can help you plan cycle friendly routes.
Air Quality Survey
Air Quality Survey In this survey resource from the Royal Geographical Society lichen comparisons are made between contrasting sites in the local area.
OPAL Air Survey
Take part in the OPAL Air Survey and you can find out about air quality near you and help scientists answer important questions about the impacts of air quality across the UK.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Take part in the Lichen and Air Quality Survey. Lichens are highly sensitive to air pollution and are widely used as bioindicators for environmental health.
Find out more about air quality and the environment in this video from SEPA.
What is the greenhouse effect? Click on this diagram to find out more.
Sources of air pollution – primary and secondary pollutants. Click on this diagram to find out more.
Primary and secondary pollutants. Click on this diagram to find out more.
This page was last updated on 19 Sep 2018
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