from Sunday Herald, 13 April 2014
This follows a scientific study suggesting that the performance of marathon runners and cyclists could be affected by breathing in elevated levels of tiny toxic particles from vehicle exhausts in the city.
There is also new evidence that some of Glasgow’s busiest streets have already breached air pollution safety limits this year – and fears that the demolition of five Red Road flats as part of the Games opening ceremony could make the pollution worse.
Last week large areas of England were engulfed in dangerously high levels of smog belched from vehicles and industry. Although the Prime Minister, David Cameron, blamed dust from the Sahara desert, experts said that was only a small fraction of the problem.
Though Scotland escaped this time, there’s a risk that pockets of pollution could contaminate Glasgow in July and August. “Parts of the city should be no-go areas for any athlete who wants to be at the top of their game,” said Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland.