Sunday, June 26, 2022

WHO values are insufficient, say developers of European map of aerosol pollution

Researchers have measured the composition of fine dust at 22 locations in Europe, producing what they describe as a European map of the most...

PM risk for autoimmunity

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a heightened risk of autoimmune disease, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue and inflammatory bowel diseases, finds research published online in the open access journal RMD Open.

Smart, affordable monitor

Instrument firm Oizom has launched an industrial-grade, single-parameter air quality monitor - AQBot - capable of measuring a range of gases in addition to particulate matter.

Smoking out the dangers

Increasingly large and intense wildfires in the Pacific Northwest of the US are altering the seasonal pattern of air pollution and causing a spike in unhealthy pollutants in August, new research appears to find. The smoke seems to be undermining clean air gains, posing potential risks to the health of millions.
Manaus

The secret life of clouds

Even the finest particles of pollution influence the process of cloud formation and the rainfall regime, it seems. A study conducted in Manaus, in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, appears to show that oxidation leads small aerosols expelled by factories and car exhausts, for example, to grow very rapidly, reaching up to 400 times their original size, and that this affects raindrop formation.
Blueair DustMagnet air purifier

Destined to be a new piece of furniture?

A new air purifier is seemingly designed - somewhat uniquely - to catch airborne dust before it settles on floors and surfaces. Announced in February by Swedish firm Blueair, the DustMagnet™ also seems unusual in its departure from anything machine-like in appearance having been designed to look like a piece of furniture.
worker at station

Time to get real?

Recent years have seen a concerted drive to better understand and monitor various chemical and physical agents in the workplace, including things like machine vibration. One recent development along these lines is the drive to provide real-time monitoring of dust, as instrumentation firm Casella explains here.
Casella 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.

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...
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.

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...

Sponsored content: Versatile cloud solution for real-time dust and noise measurement

When it comes to minimising both dust and noise, monitoring can play an important role, as instrumentation firm Svantek explains. The firm introduces a...

9-11 responders with the greatest exposure to toxic dust have a higher likelihood of...

World Trade Center responders had a higher likelihood of developing liver disease if they arrived at the site right after the attacks as opposed...

Measuring the Moon’s nano dust is no small matter

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland say they are now measuring tinier moon dust particles than ever...

Environmental hazard monitoring expert announces 2021 webinar series for dust, noise, vibration and asbestos...

Global occupational health and workplace hazard monitoring expert Casella has announced its schedule of webinars for 2021. The line-up of free-to-attend, virtually accessible webinars...

Curved barrier shields pedestrians

The team has used airflow modelling techniques to study the effects of unique roadside structures to deflect particulates away from pedestrians

Real-time collection of particle data

German instruments firm GRIMM has released the EDM265, which provides real-time monitoring of particle number and particle size in addition to information on particle surface distribution and dust mass distribution

Measuring multiple particle sizes

Instrumentation firm TSI recently introduced an air quality monitor equipped for simultaneous measurement of PM1, PM2.5, PM4 and PM10 particulate matter, in addition to temperature and relative humidity

Microplastics from textiles damage lung cells, finds study

Microplastics from textiles may inhibit the lung’s ability to repair damage caused by conditions such as COVID-19, according to research findings released on 24...

Air and noise quality study will help inform Oxford City’s future environmental policy approach

Researchers at the University of Birmingham and University of Oxford have secured £207,000 funding from the Natural Environment Research Council to investigate the impacts...