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The readings taken for Birmingham have shown to fairly consistently sit within good levels of air cleanliness, as can be seen on the city page as well as the new air quality map pages, or air pollution pages as they are also referred to. As of mid-May of 2022, there are not a huge amount of air quality monitoring stations that are available for Birmingham, although the ones that do exist will cover the areas of the city that will help to give an accurate idea of what the overall pollution levels are like.
To quote some figures as shown on the air quality maps for Birmingham as of May 2022 (and although there are still few now, such monitoring stations will continue to grow in quantity, thus giving an even clearer picture of the air pollution level within the city, as well as in adjacent towns and other areas where people may need to commute through), the readings shown in the form of US AQI will be referenced. Some figures that were observed in May were ones such as 25, 25 and 29, all falling within the 'good' air quality rating bracket. This is the best rating possible, with a corresponding color code of green, which can be used for quicker reference when referring to both the city page for Birmingham as well as the air quality map above. A 'good' air quality classification requires a US AQI reading of anywhere between 0 to 50 to be set as such, with closer to 0 being the most optimal. A 'moderate' reading of 55 was seen in neighboring Coventry during the same time frame as the above-mentioned figures were taken, which is shown as a yellow disc on the map, and the next pollution rating up from the 'good' air quality one. 'Moderate’ air pollution readings require a US AQI reading of 51 to 100 to be classified as such, and whilst the general public may not be affected too harshly, those with certain health issues (discussed in much greater detail later in the article) can start to experience respiratory distress. Generally, Birmingham has a good level of air cleanliness for much of the year but may experience deviations from the norm during certain times of the day or in certain months.
Numerous studies conducted over many decades have shown increasingly prominent links between air pollution levels and a whole host of illnesses, ranging from superficial ones such as skin irritation all the way over to premature death, and everything in between. As such, by consistently referring to air quality maps for Birmingham to check its air cleanliness levels, many ill-health consequences may be avoided as a result.
Whilst all members of society in Birmingham can most definitely benefit from referring to both the air quality map, or air pollution map pages, as well as the city map pages that show the pollution level as an average throughout the city (as well as giving forecasts and concentration levels of certain pollutants), there are those who due to some reasons, may need to monitor both their health and the air cleanliness levels more closely. For those that are more prominently affected, preventative measures may need to be put into action to stay as safe as possible from breathing any potentially harmful pollutants, looking at both chemical compounds in the forms of gases as well as ultrafine particles that can permeate the air, causing health issues as well as aggravating pre-existing ones amongst inhabitants of Birmingham.
To go into more detail as to who would benefit from utilizing air quality maps and staying up to date with pollution forecasts (although it can be noted that Birmingham generally maintains an appreciable level of air quality throughout much of the year, although as with all cities worldwide, it can be subject to sudden jumps in its pollution levels due to many reasons), they would fall into certain categories or demographics within the population of Birmingham. They include people such as the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to ailments that affect the respiratory tract, on occasion seeing simple or mild infections of the throat or chest turn into ones that lead to more severe complications. Air quality maps can allow elderly citizens within Birmingham to be able to spot areas of higher pollution concentrations, and thus avoid them, significantly reducing the amount of haze, chemicals or clouds of ultrafine particles that one might come into in such areas. Once again, the pollution levels shown on the air quality maps in Birmingham are generally very good, but can still be useful during times of excess pollution due to a lack of strong winds or rain in certain areas allowing pollutants from cars, industrial sites and power plants, along with ultrafine materials coming from construction sites all potentially accumulating under the right circumstances, which is when the air pollution maps can be of great use.
Others include young children and babies, so as such families who are taking care of younger ones can utilize the air quality maps to avoid any higher areas of the city, which can prevent young children from developing potentially lifelong health issues such as asthma, as well as preventing their aggravation. Pollen levels can count amongst the ultrafine particles in the air, with pollen splitting into smaller fragments and becoming part of the PM10 or even PM2.5 collective. In closing, others that benefit from the use of air quality maps include those with the aforementioned pre-existing health conditions (particularly of the cardiac or pulmonary variety), those with compromised immune systems, as well as individuals who have a hypersensitive disposition toward certain chemical compounds, gases or particles. Keeping up with air pollution forecasts on the city pages can allow users to pre-empt when there may be spikes in the US AQI levels, and as such the air quality map itself will show exactly where in Birmingham these pollution levels are at their highest, so the most vulnerable groups of people can more easily avoid them, along with healthy individuals and those who wish to keep their pollution exposure to a minimum.
As the pollution readings are taken in the form of US AQI on the air quality maps for Birmingham, users can know what pollutants they may be breathing. US AQI itself is a number aggregated from the main pollutants found in the air throughout the world (due to them being released consistently by the usual polluting sources we see in all societies, with some variations of course being witnessed). As such, when the US AQI levels are high in Birmingham, certain areas as shown on the air quality map will have higher concentrations of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide as well as PM10 and PM2.5. All of these can have significant effects on the health of individuals, with certain pollutants being higher in particular areas (as an example, cars tend to release larger amounts of nitrogen dioxide and as such busy roads, motorways and areas that have rush hour traffic may see a higher concentration of this chemical pollutant in the air).