Air quality refers to the degree of pollution in the atmosphere and is rated using a nationally agreed index system.
Air pollution is the contamination of the air by noxious gases and minute particles of solid and liquid matter (particulates) in concentrations that endanger health. The major sources of air pollution are car, bus and lorry engines, power and heat generation, industrial processes, and the burning of solid waste.
We review and assess our air quality to improve it to reduce our residents exposure to poor air quality and to improve it for the future. We work closely with Kent County Council, Highways Agency and other authorities to improve it.
Climate change is the disruption in the climate (or average weather conditions) over a period of time (typically 30 years).
It is caused by the greenhouse effect which is a naturally occurring process where the atmosphere traps heat from the sun warming the earth. The effects of climate change may include rising temperatures, rising sea levels, extreme weather, extinction of plants and animals, food and water shortages and a proliferation of diseases.