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Smog warning for Gower and Carmarthenshire as Saharan dust and man-made pollution levels rise

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

Here's what London used to look like in the smog. Don't worry, it won't be like that here, but people with certain medical conditions should still heed the Defra advice.

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THE smog which has been creating potentially lethal levels of pollution in the UK will go up a notch in Swansea Bay tomorrow.

Coastal areas will see an increase to level four on Government section Defra’s air pollution scale.

Four means ‘moderate’ and sparks the following advice from Defra: ‘Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors.’

The smog is caused by pollution from the UK and Europe, along with dust from the Sahara Desert, coupled with south-easterly winds and other weather-related factors.

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The Saharan dust first struck on Monday when it left a dirty residue on cars across Swansea Bay.

Large parts of England, particularly the south and east, have been experiencing very high levels of air pollution, leading to warnings not to exercise outdoors, even if you have generally good health.

Today Swansea Bay has been covered by a 3 - low pollution level.

But tomorrow, while most of Swansea Bay remains on a 3, Gower, particularly the coastal community, will see moderate (4) levels of pollution, along with Llanelli and coastal and inland parts of Carmarthenshire, through to eastern Pembrokeshire, including Tenby and Saundersfoot.

On Saturday, the far western tip of Gower, along with the Pembrey, Burry Port and Kidwelly areas of Carmarthenshire, and a similar area of Pembrokeshire, remain at a 4, while the rest of the region will experience a 3 - low pollution rating.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 06 2014, 2:33PM

    PJL1967 i know i said i wasn't going to comment on this subject again but i really do feel the need to intervene. It is very foolish of you to place on this forum you own personal medical history. I hope you have the good scene to ask for your post to be removed, but in case you do not i will be doing this for you.

  • PJL1967  |  April 05 2014, 8:35PM

    "If it were down to the air quality then many others including myself would be suffering a similar fate as yourself" What part of 29,000 people dying prematurely each year in the UK due to poor air quality don't you understand?

  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 7:24PM

    PJL1967 i never said that lack of clean air doesn't harm anyone. And of course the various clean air acts both of the UK government and the EU has gone a long way to improve air quality. I merely pointed out to yourself that your health problems are most likely of your own making of inherited. If it were down to the air quality then many others including myself would be suffering a similar fate as yourself. It's a shame perhaps me and you couldn't have met in person many years ago, i'm sure i could have kept you fighting fit with a health diet and exercise program. anyway it's too late for that now. Good luck with your health in the years to come. I now i said it before but this time i mean it for me this topic is closed, i've had my final say.

  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 7:17PM

    PJL1967 i have no idea what your name is or indeed where you live. And as far as profile names well i would imagine the majority of fictitious, and i would advise you to not believe any of them. Anyone can simply just make a name up, don't be fooled my friend.

  • PJL1967  |  April 05 2014, 6:55PM

    BTW, Neathboy, who ever you are... the P Lynch that lives in Port Tenant Road is not me. I live in Morristion. Nice try though, lol

  • PJL1967  |  April 05 2014, 6:46PM

    I'll take that as a yes!

  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 6:45PM

    PJL1967 air pollution as a lot to day where a person lives, for instance the air would probably be a lot cleaner down the Gower than say down Port Tennant Road.

  • PJL1967  |  April 05 2014, 6:40PM

    Neathboy, how do you square the fact that you are a massive supporter of the EU but choose to completely ignore what they say on air pollution? Are you deliberately trying to look like an ignorant coward AND a hypocrite?

  • PJL1967  |  April 05 2014, 6:27PM
  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 6:21PM

    PJL1967 a fossil fuel is one that is generated by the burning of a living animal/plant that lived many millions of years ago. There are many alternatives to this wind/wave/nuclear and others. Waste gas and heat generated through industrial processes are also forms of non fossil fuel, It's far better to use such forms of energy than to watch them merely burnt off to atmosphere. We saw this happening for many years at the old BP Baglan bay, fortunately times have moved on and great progress has been made.