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New app tells Londoners when to avoid toxic pollution fumes

The app, which tells people when to stay indoors to avoid toxic air pollution fumes, has been downloaded by over 3 000 Londoners.

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A new app created to help people "breathe better" by warning people when to avoid toxic air fumes outside has already had 3 000 downloads by Londoners.

Plume Air Report uses hourly data from sensors around London to monitor levels of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide to forecast air quality throughout the day.

Ranking it between "fresh" to "extreme pollution", the app rates whether it is dangerous for your health to go outside by colour coding the levels for users.

It also tailors results to the needs of cyclists, runners and those with children.

Plume Air Report was first launched in France, but can now be used in London, New York and 148 other cities.

Founder Romain Lancombe said: "What we’ve built is digital tools to help people breathe better, by informing them on what it is that they’re breathing.

“This means that we can put a pollution forecast in the hands of everyone."

Speaking at the Google Campus Urban Tech vs Pollution event, Lancombe said events such as these bring together developers who can make the streets cleaner.

9,416 people die every year in London as a result of long term exposure to air pollution, according to a study by King's College London.

The app is available on Android and iOS .

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