Sunday, June 26, 2022

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.

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...

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...

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...

Sponsored content: Firm celebrates 25 years of sensor technology development

Alphasense, the UK-based manufacturer of gas detection sensors, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in October 2021 Originally founded by scientist and entrepreneur Paul Gotley OBE...
Solar Xplore

Heated VOC analyser goes portable

Signal Group (UK) has launched a portable gas analyser, the SOLAR XPLORE, which apparently brings the advantages of the firm's Flame Ionisation Detection (FID) technology for VOC measurement to a compact, easily transportable device.

Healthy choices helper?

An emerging class of personal air quality monitoring devices fills a need for people who care about pollution exposure in their immediate vicinity. This level of granularity does make a difference, it seems. Envirotec spoke to Rainer Kiirsk, who helped develop the AirSniffler, a seemingly ground-breaking product for its power consumption and sub- 70 price tag, as well as the usefulness of the software that runs alongside it.
Gdansk VOC detector

Simple setup for VOCs

Simple and accurate detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is promised by a new measurement approach developed at Gdansk University of Technology in Poland. Potential applications include air quality analysis and patient health screening.

PM and NO2 alerts during demolition

Envirochem Analytical Laboratories is undertaking perimeter particulate and NO2 monitoring for a client in a London district, during the demolition of a disused structure and subsequent construction project.

The light fantastic

A group has discovered a new way to fabricate tiny colour-changing gas sensors using new materials and a high-resolution form of 3d printing, with potential in indoor air quality monitoring and home automation.

Urban wood burning is soaring, with 18,000 complaints but only 3 fines

Image credit: Demetri Dourambeis, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license. New research from campaign group Mums for Lungs appears to reveal a failure to tackle wood smoke...

City leaders invited to discover benefits of real-time monitoring of GHGs and pollutants

A pilot urban air quality monitoring project is being demonstrated in Glasgow during the COP26 climate change conference. The project showcases a dense network of...

Carbon dioxide monitors could track indoor COVID-19 risk in near real-time say researchers

Researchers from MIT say they have developed a way of using carbon dioxide monitors to help estimate the risk of catching COVID-19 and other...
Envirotec Sept/Oct 21

Leveraging mobile data

Anonymised data from the O2 mobile phone network is being used as part of a series of new government-funded trials to help Thames Valley local authorities (LAs) plan improvements to air quality, public health, road surfaces, traffic flow and energy infrastructure.
Envirotec Sept/Oct 21

Apps spreading like wildfire?

The intensifying wildfires of the past couple of years have raised air pollution concerns as the smoke has spread beyond the perimeter of the affected regions.
Envirotec Sept/Oct 21

EV summit highlights

Electric vehicle adoption is "happening faster than any of us anticipated," said Daniel Lyons of Shell's e-mobility division, speaking at the UK's EV Summit on 1-2 September. The event reviewed developments in the uptake of EVs with over 80 in-person delegates in attendance and 400 online.

Using miniature drones to localise gas leaks

When there is a gas leak in a large building or at an industrial site, human firefighters currently need to go in with gas...

Registration opens for ‘virtual’ WWEM and AQE 2021

Long-established fixtures on the environmental monitoring calendar, both AQE (Air Quality & Emissions) and WWEM (Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring) events will take place...

Royal Mail commences emissions-cutting tyres trial with electric vans

Royal Mail has embarked on a six to nine-month trial of new tyres on a number of electric vehicles (EVs). The tyres are specially...

£10k/year charges on horizon for driving older, polluting vehicles in London

More motorists with older, higher polluting vehicles in Central London could face paying up to £10,000 each year - just for driving their car...