Anthropogenic air pollution impacts health and climate in the Middle East

Desert dust was assumed to be the primary contributor to elevated air pollution across the Middle East. But now a research group seems to...

Grimy windows could be harbouring toxic pollutants

Dirty windows can harbour potentially harmful pollutants under protective films of fatty acids from cooking emissions – and these can hang around over long...

Sponsored Content: Guardian2: The solution for multi-agent site monitoring

Casella continues to demonstrate its commitment to helping its customers reduce environmental risks from large construction projects with the Guardian2. The system allows the simultaneous monitoring and reporting of noise, dust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and vibration as well as wind speed and direction for an all-encompassing assessment of emitted levels. The Guardian2 unit can be ordered with any combination of the mentioned sensors.

Sponsored Content: Firm prioritises air quality

“At Air Spectrum Environmental, our priority is improving air quality in the industrial and workplace setting. Where possible, we believe that greening supply chains will make a huge difference to reduce or even eliminate emissions in our environment and improve occupational health and safety. This has become a focus for us as a product provider and as an organisation.”

Sponsored Content: Budget-friendly clean air technology

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 bio-scrubbing technologies.

Aerosol appraisal

What is purported to be the first global map of cargo ship pollution has revealed interesting effects including the apparent impact of fuel regulations. The "ship tracks" in clouds, which the study measured, also appear to be helpful in explaining how particulate matter both interacts with clouds and affects global temperatures.

Funding for early detection

Berlin-based start-up Dryad has secured e10.5 million in new funding to help commercialise its solar-powered sensor network for early detection of wildfires.

Budget-friendly package for local authorities

With local councils in England being encouraged to apply for a share of a £7 million grant scheme with a brief to 'reduce the impact of air pollution on public health', the big question still remains: how can local authorities mitigate air pollution without carrying out hyperlocal monitoring to understand where the problem areas are and identify the pollution sources?

Maxed out on disaster yet? Group warns of volcanic risk

Well you'll be discouraged to learn that the world is “woefully unprepared” for a massive volcanic eruption and the likely repercussions for global supply chains, climate and food. That's according to experts from the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER).

Getting warmer

As climate change leads to larger and more frequent wildfires, researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using sensors, drones and machine learning to both prevent fires and minimise the damage they cause to the electrical grid. Engineers are honing technology to remotely sense electrical arcing and faulty equipment as well as the direction of spreading fires.

Pollution primer: AQE returns to Telford

AQE returns to the Telford International Centre on 12 and 13 October. Visitors are promised the customary comprehensive package of training and development presentations on the latest methods and monitoring technologies relevant to the measurement of air quality and emissions to air.

Active commuting is best?

New research seems to find that people who commute by car can be subject to higher levels of harmful pollutants than those who walk or cycle to work.

Sensing evolution

Last month we looked at global sensors leader Alphasense and their work within the Gas Safety sector. This month we take a closer look at the steps they are taking to support the global drive to improve air quality.

Studying tiny plastics in the air

Large pieces of plastic can break down into nanosized particles that often find their way into soil and water. Perhaps less well known is that they can also float in the air. It's unclear how nanoplastics impact human health, but animal studies suggest they're potentially harmful. Researchers have developed a sensor that detects these particles and determines the types, amounts and sizes of the plastics using colourful dot films.

A fresh crop of data

Record hot temperatures in the UK over the summer caused significant changes to the levels of harmful pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter, prompting a number of novel observations by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

Report clarifies urban air pollution patterns worldwide

Late August saw the release of “Air Quality and Health In Cities”, the latest edition of The State of Global Air report, produced annually by the US Health Effects Institute. It attempts a snapshot of air pollution exposure in over 7000 cities worldwide, and its impact on health. Standout findings this year include a clearer picture of PM2.5 and NO2 pollution, with fine particles seeming to be an affliction of the world's poorer regions especially, while NO2 is a problem for city dwellers everywhere.

All-time record level recorded for fire likelihood index

A combination of record temperatures and dry weather in the UK this summer are causing "exceptionally high" levels of danger from extreme wildfires, according...

Water-resistant NO2 sensor uses graphene

A new laser-induced graphene sensor system is being presented as a solution for accurate, continuous monitoring of nitrogen dioxide and other gases in humid...

SPONSORED CONTENT: 10 things AQMesh did first

2022 marked 10 years of innovation and leadership from AQMesh. To highlight the group’s experience, ongoing forward-thinking and its commitment to pushing the capabilities...
Volunteer scientist Yuri Gorby

Community-led science

Residents of Belmont County in eastern Ohio had long suffered from headaches, fatigue, nausea and burning sensations in their throats and noses. They suspected these symptoms were the result of air pollution from fracking facilities that dominate the area and the subsequent investigation offers a powerful example of what can be achieved by citizen scientists.