From Monday 6 March to 12 March the BBC will broadcast a special week of stories titled SoICanBreathe which looks at some of the different ways the world is seeking to reduce air pollution. Stories will run across BBC News in the UK, local TV and radio, World Service radio, World News, online and social media.
Reporting from across the UK and around the world, SoICanBreathe will discuss the causes and impacts of air pollution and will draw on ideas on how to solve this issue. It will look for evidence that these solutions are effective and report on any limitations.
Stories will be brought together online at bbc.com/soicanbreathe, featuring a range of ideas on how to tackle air pollution from Chinese solar architecture to banning wood burning stoves in the Alps, a gallery of crowd-sourced selfies with solutions and a quiz.
BBC News At Ten examines the latest technology designed to improve air quality, including sophisticated pollution mapping and cleaner diesel.
BBC News At Six visits Norway’s Arctic north, where the next generation of electric taxis is being tested to the limit. Plus a report from China on ambitious new energy policies designed to help clean up the country’s polluted air.
Coverage on BBC Breakfast includes films on why cars should stop idling around schools; how pigeons are being used to track air pollution around cities; and how far we’ve come since the Great Smog of 1952 to reduce pollution today.
BBC regional current affairs programme Inside Out takes a look at the effects of air pollution in each of the 11 English regions, reports include:
In the North East and Cumbria Chris Jackson visits York and investigates whether high levels of car ownership are linked to high levels of air pollution and asks whether York can learn from Freiburg in Germany where car ownership is discouraged.
The East Midlands team travel to Nottingham, a city which will give priority to electric cars when they open a new express way later in the year.
Jon Cuthill heads to Southampton for Inside Out South where he reveals how high levels of pollution from the large ships using the docks could be reduced to almost nothing.
The Inside Out air pollution specials will be broadcast on Monday 6 March at 7.30pm on BBC One.
BBC Scotland takes a look at the electric vehicle revolution taking hold in Dundee which has the largest council owned fleet in the UK, the largest fleet of electric taxis in Scotland and the two most popular charging points.
BBC Wales will broadcast The Invisible Killer On Our Streets, a half-hour current affairs programme for the series Week In Week Out. The programme asks: 'What’s life like for families living on Wales' most polluted streets?'
An estimated 2,000 deaths are caused by air pollution in Wales each year - mostly from traffic on its roads. So are we facing up to what's being called an urgent public health crisis, and can we learn from what’s being done elsewhere in the UK?
BBC Radio 4
On Radio 4, Today features an interview with the director-general of the World Health Organisation Dr Margaret Chan about the environmental causes of ill health and the numbers of children dying from diseases caused by indoor and outdoor air pollution. The programme also looks at the work done in Los Angeles to improve air quality and hear from the city’s Chief Sustainability Officer.
PM looks at the links between odours and air pollution and will ask whether learning more about smell can help reduce air pollution.
BBC World News
BBC World News offers international audiences dedicated programming examining the causes and possible solutions to air pollution.
A special documentary, Dust Storm, explores the growing menace created by these phenomena. From satellites observing dust in the atmosphere, to a supercomputer in a former church in Barcelona forecasting dust storms in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, the team look into what causes dust storms, why they appear to becoming more frequent and severe in some parts of the world, and what can be done to lessen their impact.
Over two episodes, BBC World News’ flagship technology programme Click surveys the technology which is hoping to solve the air pollution problem. In the first episode the team explore how air pollution detection works and asks why the technology behind it is so hard to miniaturize. They also wade into the debate surrounding whether or not personal air pollution detection devices are a good thing, or take the onus off policy-makers. The second episode analyses how we can improve air quality in cities with the help of a network of high tech sensors and smart urban planning.
BBC World Service
A range of business, science, history and health programmes will broadcast on BBC World Service radio, offering listeners in the UK and around the world a distinctly global look at some of the possible solutions to air pollution.
World Hacks is in Beijing for an hour-long special profiling some of the ideas used in China. The programme also discusses whether China’s governance and commercial sectors could lead the country - and possibly the world - towards a greener future.
CrowdScience scales the branches of tree science to discover whether we could make trees better at reducing pollution, while Witness speaks to Ramon Ojeda Mestre - the man behind the world’s first ever city-wide ban on cars - about a no-driving scheme he pushed through in Mexico City in 1989.
Health Check hosts a discussion on how people might protect themselves from air pollution and there are special editions of The Food Chain, Discovery, Science in Action and World Have Your Say.
The BBC World Service’s language services bring stories from around the world including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nepal and across the Middle East. Reports look at how air pollution is being tackled - be it by creative or entrepreneurial individuals, businesses or governments - and how ideas and successes can be expanded or applied elsewhere, including:
Mexico City - where a local environmentalist and engineer learned how to convert his old car into a zero-emissions electric vehicle - and now is working on several more car conversions while hoping to get government funding.
India - where traditional cooking methods using wood and animal dung are a major source of pollution inside the home, new technology attached to stoves is helping reduce the solid fuel usage.
Indonesia - where a native man's ingenuity saved his local rainforest from the devastating forest fires in 2015, through affordable engineering, social media campaigns and an SMS fire service – and efforts are being made to expand his successful project nationwide in a bid to tackle the urgent problem of forest fire haze in Southeast Asia.