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You'll soon be able to find the least polluted way to commute

Words by Abi Scaife

One young entrepreneur has created an app to make your journey around London that bit healthier.

Tell me more.

Tanya Beri, aged 29, has won one of Innovator UK’s Young Innovator awards for creating an app designed to help you travel around London on the Tube.

But this isn’t quite like the other map apps you might have used - rather than showing you the quickest way to your destination, Tanya’s app will show you the least polluted route.

Hang on, what?

That’s right! Tanya’s app uses research which has been performed over the years by multiple scientists, including those from Kings College London, to tell you how polluted your journey will be.

This is in the hopes of reducing the amount of pollution you inhale on your trip around the capital, keeping you healthier for longer.

Why does the level of pollution in the air matter?

Various studies suggest that long-term exposure to the pollutants that gather in badly ventilated underground lines (such as Victoria or Jubilee which are deep underground) is linked to increased rates of chronic bronchitis and increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease.

Tanya’s app will be released later this year, so keep an eye out.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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