Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
07 October 2011 09:03
Trees can improve air quality by filtering out pollution particulates
Locations with lots of trees are ideal for travellers with asthma and similar lung diseases, new research has shown.
Trees such as pines and evergreen oaks can enhance air quality significantly by filtering out pollution particulates that spark asthma, according to the study conducted by experts based at the University of Southampton.
The greenery of the Greater London Authority (GLA) area filters out somewhere between 850 and 2,000 tonnes of particulate pollution (PM10), which can be inhaled by humans, from the air every year, the survey said.
The results of the research were published in the journal Landscape And Urban Planning.
Holidaymakers suffering from respiratory conditions may wish to seek a comprehensive
medical travel insurance policy before heading off to destinations without much greenery.
Professor Gail Taylor, one of the authors of the study, said: "Trees have evolved to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, so it's not surprising that they are also good at removing pollutants.
"Trees which have leaves the whole year are exposed to more pollution and so they take up more. Using a number of different tree species and modelling approaches, the effectiveness of the tree canopy for clean air can be optimised."
22 February 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people with a potentially fatal genetic blood condition have yet to be diagnosed with the condition, a charity is warning.
21 February 2017
New technology to provide detailed scans of patients could improve the recovery of people suffering with liver cancer, scientists have said.
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.
08 February 2017
A terminal cancer patient is determined to fulfil his dream of climbing Mount Everest, despite having just months to live.
07 February 2017
One third of holidaying families will opt for a British break this year, new research suggests.