Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Strengthen red route pollution monitoring to save lives, says London air report

The London Assembly Environment Committee launched ‘Clean Air for all Londoners’ - a report on air pollution in the capital - on 23 March....

Government sets out new targets on air quality, water pollution, waste and woodland cover

The UK government announced new environmental targets in four key areas of air quality, water, waste reduction and woodland cover on 16 March....

We need stricter MOT tests to eliminate air pollution, says campaign group

The Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ) - a social enterprise - believes it is making progress with its efforts to lobby parliament,...

Polluting vehicles predominate in car insurance enquiries, says survey

Despite the increasing popularity of greener vehicles, more than one in three (36%) cars in the UK fall into the worst two categories for...

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.

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.

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.
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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...