Those attending the Harpenden Society’s February meeting might well have described it as a ‘breath of fresh air’. It certainly created a temporary distraction from our pervasive pre-occupation with the St Albans District Local Plan and Harpenden’s own Neighbourhood Plan.
More appositely, the presentation was all about the degree of freshness of the air we breathe. The guest speaker Professor Ranjeet Sokhi is director of the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Atmospheric Research at Hatfield. The rhetorical title of his talk, ‘Air Pollution - How Fresh is our Fresh Air’ served to highlight the growing concerns throughout the world, especially in urban areas, about poor air quality and its inevitably harmful effects, most obviously on human health.
A full report on the meeting will be included in the society’s Spring newsletter.