Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sifting smell distortion data

Sudden smell and taste loss has become a well-known symptom of COVID-19. However, some people have also woken up to discover that their usual beloved coffee odour has been distorted and now smells like garbage or rotting meat, a condition known as parosmia.

Aerial appraisal

Researchers from Spain have engineered a portable electronic nose that they suggest is almost as sharp as the human nose when it comes to sniffing out the problem odours of wastewater treatment plants.

NO2 peak recorded during COP26

The levels of air pollution in Glasgow rose by nearly a third during the climate summit, according to data released by sensor firm Aeternum.

High performance and low cost odour solutions

Anua Clean Air UK is an established leader in the fields of high performance, low-cost odour and solvent emission abatement primarily based on its patented biofiltration and bioscrubbing technologies.

A decade of ammonia in Africa

A new NASA-led study is the first to document changing atmospheric ammonia (NH3) concentrations in Africa over an extended period. Ammonia is an air pollutant which can lead to heart and lung-related illness. When present in excess in an ecosystem, it can make soil more acidic and hinder plant growth.

AQMesh pods measure volcanic emissions

Five AQMesh air quality monitoring pods are currently installed around Keflavic airport in Iceland to monitor gases produced by the nearby volcano at Fagradalsfjall, including hydrogen sulphide (H2S), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

PM2.5: Some parts more dangerous than others

Ammonium is one of the specific components of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that has been linked to a higher risk of death compared to other chemicals found in it, according to a new study.
How ACOEM UK is tackling the emissions-reduction challenge.

Emissions reductions: Getting down to it

Environmental services firm ACOEM UK has been stepping up its commitment to actively pursuing carbon emission reductions over the last 12 months.

New lawsuits challenge UK government’s “greenwashing and climate delay”

Both ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth are taking the government to court over strategies intended to advance the transition to a low emissions...

Unhappy boomerang: PFAS pollution in ocean comes back to land

Many of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that end up in the ocean boomerang back to shore after they are re-emitted into air...

Satellite images prompt felling trees to help peatlands recover

A satellite map technology has seemingly revealed that vast areas of peatlands in Scotland are in such a poor condition that landowners involved in...

Not-so-fast fashion? Captured carbon incorporated in fabric of Zara dress range

A collaboration between biotech firm LanzaTech and Spanish clothing retailer Inditex has led to the design of a capsule collection for the latter’s largest...

Space dust analysis could solve mystery of the origins of Earth’s water

An international team of scientists may have solved a key mystery about the origins of the Earth’s water, after uncovering persuasive new evidence pointing...

New stove emissions regulation sets a minimum standard

From 1st January 2022, a new regulation will impose Ecodesign requirements for solid fuel local space heaters. Regulation (EU) 2015/1185 24/5/2015 describes the...

Recent net zero cities ranking puts Brighton and Hove on top

Brighton and Hove appears to be the UK city closest to becoming net zero, according to a recent analysis1 of emissions per capita from...

Study shows substantial difference in radon levels between Canada and Sweden

There appear to be significant differences between Sweden and Canada in relation to radon levels in houses built in 1980 and later, according to...

COP26 must launch a reinvigorated UK effort on climate change, says CCC

A new independent assessment of COP26 and the critical next steps for the UK was published on 2 December by the Climate Change Committee...

New online tool to help UK ports transition to net zero

A free online tool to help UK ports meet their net zero targets has created by National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) in partnership with...

Data analytics application helps industry tackle emissions and make the shift towards predictive maintenance

• ABB Ability™ Genix Datalyzer is a cloud-based data analytics solution for fleet-wide management and optimization of emissions monitoring equipment in highly regulated industries...

“Top down governance is flawed”, says report on local government and net zero

New research from UK100 contains a stark warning from two major UK business leaders that the current model of ‘top down’ climate governance is...