Answers to air pollution questions lie in our distant evolutionary past

It’s not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped our DNA over millions of years. Carl Zimmer explains in an article in the New York Times. Air Pollution, Evolution, and the Fate of Billions of Humans The threat of air pollution grabs our attention when we see it … Continue reading Answers to air pollution questions lie in our distant evolutionary past

Brakes a bigger source of particulates in roadside air than vehicle exhausts

Brake dust produces more of the most harmful kind of air pollution than vehicle exhausts, a new study finds. Tom Bawden explains in an article on the inews website.   Brake dust is a major source of air pollution, new study finds Brake dust produces more of the most harmful kind of air pollution than … Continue reading Brakes a bigger source of particulates in roadside air than vehicle exhausts

Australia’s bushfires set record air quality concerns in Australia’s capital, Canberra

We are daily reading about the fires throughout many regions of Australia. EiD regularly publishes posts on air quality and their impact on society.  This week the air quality index hit 3,463 in Canberra, where a reading of 200 is considered hazardous. EiD has heard directly from friends in Canberra that it is almost impossible … Continue reading Australia’s bushfires set record air quality concerns in Australia’s capital, Canberra

Air pollution in India is severe but has failed to become a major political issue so far

Of the world's 30 most polluted cities, 22 are in India.  However, as Shivam Vij writes on the CNN website, there have been few demonstrations and  it has not become a major political issue so far.   Schools were shut and flights diverted. But air pollution still isn't a political issue in India As protesters … Continue reading Air pollution in India is severe but has failed to become a major political issue so far

New analysis from the European Environment Agency on air quality

Europe’s air is getting cleaner but persistent pollution, especially in cities, still damages people’s health and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis on air quality shows that exposure to air pollution caused about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU in 2016.   Cutting air pollution in Europe would prevent early deaths, improve … Continue reading New analysis from the European Environment Agency on air quality

New website in London let’s homebuyers see level of air pollution that could affect purchase price

The Central Office of Public Interest (COPI), the not-for-profit campaign behind the website, believes that property prices could plummet in the most polluted areas of London when buyers become aware of the problem. Ben Webster explains in an article in The Times.   Pollution hotspots website could drive down London house prices The Clean Air … Continue reading New website in London let’s homebuyers see level of air pollution that could affect purchase price

Plans for public transport buses in some English cities to suck out dirty air

It will be interesting to see how successful these buses will be in cleaning urban air. Corazon Miller writes on The Independent website about this effort planned in several English cities.  Is anyone aware of similar initiatives in other cities?   Buses that suck pollution out of the air to be rolled out in Southampton … Continue reading Plans for public transport buses in some English cities to suck out dirty air

Air pollution monitoring is to be revolutionised with the launch of a new satellite system

dioxide emissions and then make the data public, according to a recent article on The Independent website.   Climate crisis: Satellites to monitor air pollution generated by every power station in the world Air pollution monitoring is to be revolutionised with the launch of a new satellite system capable of tracking the damaging greenhouse gas … Continue reading Air pollution monitoring is to be revolutionised with the launch of a new satellite system

Scientists have been working on what they say is the world’s first “biosolar leaf”, which they claim can mop up carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen into the atmosphere more efficiently than a typical tree

Scientists say this technology can do the work of 100 trees using the surface area of one. Diane Taylor explains in an article in The Guardian.   'Biosolar leaf' project targets air pollution on London campus The news on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is rarely good. Scientists and campaigners have warned repeatedly that … Continue reading Scientists have been working on what they say is the world’s first “biosolar leaf”, which they claim can mop up carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen into the atmosphere more efficiently than a typical tree