This graph shows that seven monitoring sites in Scotland's largest four cities breached the PM10 annual mean Air Quality Strategy (AQS) objective of 18μg/m3 in 2014. None of these were in Glasgow, although the Glasgow Kerbside monitoring site recorded an annual mean concentration of 22μg/m3 in 2014. This figure is not included in the graph because the data capture rate of 71% for this monitoring site was slightly below the normally reported threshold of 75%.
Only measurements from monitoring sites with a data capture rate of greater than 75% are shown in the graphs above.
Glasgow Kerbside - this monitoring station is located on the pavement of Hope Street adjacent to Glasgow Central Station.
PM10 is among the most harmful of all air pollutants. When inhaled these particles evade the respiratory system's natural defences and lodge deep in the lungs.
Health problems begin as the body reacts to these foreign particles. PM10 can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis and other lung diseases, and reduce the body's ability to fight infections.
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