The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record pace, threatening the prosperity of the planet

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record pace, threatening the prosperity of the planet

The Amazon, often referred to as the ‘Earth’s Lungs,’ plays a vital role in managing the planet’s Carbon Dioxide levels and creating Oxygen. Today, the Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Wildfires in the Amazon are up 80% from last year, and more than double years prior, in 2013. The consequences of such destruction threatens the livelihood of the entire planet.

NewsAugust 21, 2019Kelsey D.
The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record pace, threatening the prosperity of the planet
NewsAugust 21, 2019Kelsey D.

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record pace, threatening the prosperity of the planet

The Amazon, often referred to as the ‘Earth’s Lungs,’ plays a vital role in managing the planet’s Carbon Dioxide levels and creating Oxygen. Today, the Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Wildfires in the Amazon are up 80% from last year, and more than double years prior, in 2013. The consequences of such destruction threatens the livelihood of the entire planet.

Cities in Sarawak, Malaysia experience fifth straight day of hazardous air pollution
NewsAugust 14, 2019Kelsey D.

Cities in Sarawak, Malaysia experience fifth straight day of hazardous air pollution

Crop burning practices have caused a persistent haze across the Malaysian state of Sarawak, which occupies Borneo’s northwest coast, and contains a large area of parklands, beaches and rainforest.

Scientists find billions of air pollution particles in the hearts of Mexico City residents
NewsAugust 5, 2019AirVisual News Reporter

Scientists find billions of air pollution particles in the hearts of Mexico City residents

Scientists have examined the hearts of deceased adults and children as young as three from urban areas with poor air quality and found they contained much higher numbers of tiny pollution particles than people who had lived elsewhere.

Air pollution caused 30,000 United States deaths in a single year, new study estimates
NewsJuly 30, 2019Kelsey D.

Air pollution caused 30,000 United States deaths in a single year, new study estimates

While air pollution in the United States has steadily decreased since the Clean Air Act of 1963, airborne particulates, namely PM2.5, are still responsible for tens of thousands of deaths across the country, particularly in lower income counties.

India formally joins the UN’s Climate & Clean Air Coalition
NewsJuly 24, 2019Kelsey D.

India formally joins the UN’s Climate & Clean Air Coalition

Earlier this month, India took an important step towards mitigating national air pollution and reducing the country’s impact on climate change, by joining the Climate & Clean Air Coalition of the United Nations, as the 65th member country.

Be part of our mission to enable everyone to have access to accurate, real-time air quality data
BlogJuly 11, 2019AirVisual Team

Be part of our mission to enable everyone to have access to accurate, real-time air quality data

The IQAir AirVisual Pro is designed to help accelerate our journey to a world where everyone knows what they breathe. An unprecedented high accuracy - yet accessible - air monitor, the Pro's outdoor PM2.5 readings can be broadcast to the global map, putting reliable data within reach of communities anywhere. All new data points added bring us one step closer to safer breathing, and ultimately tackling global air pollution.

Revealing the Invisible: Tim in Orpington, UK
BlogJuly 9, 2019Kelsey D.

Revealing the Invisible: Tim in Orpington, UK

Tim Webb captures a startling pollution event involving 11 buses and a blazing fire. While luckily no one was directly injured from the incident, his publically deployed AirVisual Pro paints a picture of the environmental effect and short-term impact on breathing, previously unknown.

Revealing the Invisible: People in Need in Mongolia
BlogJuly 4, 2019People In Need

Revealing the Invisible: People in Need in Mongolia

For the first time, Mongolians living in cities outside the capital, Ulaanbaatar, can know what their air quality is like thanks to a national monitoring network set up by “People in Need,” a humanitarian response NGO. Here the NGO shares its top 10 tips for breathing safely in Mongolia and elsewhere

Thousands march in protest as newly elected governor of Madrid ditches pollution-combating traffic policies
NewsJuly 1, 2019Kelsey D.

Thousands march in protest as newly elected governor of Madrid ditches pollution-combating traffic policies

While many European cities have begun implementing vehicle restrictions in an effort to fight local air pollution, Madrid has U-turned on it’s own “Madrid Central” policy, implemented just under a year ago, which limited or banned vehicles from certain city zones.

After 4 decades of improvement, air quality in the US appears to be in decline
NewsJune 26, 2019Kelsey D.

After 4 decades of improvement, air quality in the US appears to be in decline

Many US cities are experiencing worsening air quality, amid an increased prevalence of wildfires and weakened clean-air regulations.

Lagos, Nigeria to establish six air quality monitoring stations in landmark effort to battle state-wide air pollution
NewsJune 20, 2019Kelsey D.

Lagos, Nigeria to establish six air quality monitoring stations in landmark effort to battle state-wide air pollution

In celebration of the 2019 World Environment Day, the Lagos State Government, with support from the World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health programme, committed to installing a state-wide network of air quality monitors in an effort to curb air pollution and its effects on local residents.

Utah’s air pollution mitigation efforts may be making wintertime smog worse
NewsJune 18, 2019Kelsey D.

Utah’s air pollution mitigation efforts may be making wintertime smog worse

New research reveals that ammonium nitrate pollution (NH4NO3) is better controlled through regulation of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions, than emissions of it’s precursor, Nitrogen Oxide. The findings, which are contrary to most pollution mitigation strategies in the United States, may offer a new approach to managing wintertime particulate matter around the world.

Sand Fire burning in Northern California brings area’s first air pollution alert of 2019
NewsJune 10, 2019Kelsey D.

Sand Fire burning in Northern California brings area’s first air pollution alert of 2019

Smothering hot temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds have rapidly escalated growth of the California Sand Fire. The fire, which ignited just 48 hours ago, has already burned 2,200 acres.

Flying the polluted skies - exceedingly high air pollution levels are causing mechanical failures in commercial-plane turbines
NewsJune 6, 2019Kelsey D.

Flying the polluted skies - exceedingly high air pollution levels are causing mechanical failures in commercial-plane turbines

While air pollution is often unseen, it’s having a visible, corrosive effect on some commercial plane engines.

Alberta’s raging wildfires cause dangerously polluted air quality, and point to a concerning global trend
NewsMay 29, 2019Kelsey D.

Alberta’s raging wildfires cause dangerously polluted air quality, and point to a concerning global trend

The Chuckegg Creek fire burning in Alberta, Canada has now scorched 107,000 hectares (314,000 acres) of land. Expert Edward Struzik explains how the situation escalated, and why such frequent severe wildfires may be the “new normal.”

Colorado’s 90-day air pollution loophole exposes the state to toxic air
NewsMay 28, 2019Kelsey D.

Colorado’s 90-day air pollution loophole exposes the state to toxic air

Colorado-based oil and gas companies may be taking advantage of relaxed regulation enforcement and a state law loophole, which allows unmonitored pollution emissions for the first 90 days of a new production facility, exposing the state residents to ozone and VOC levels exceeding federal standards.

Update: Jakarta residents file air pollution lawsuit, anticipate escalation to the Supreme Court
NewsMay 23, 2019Kelsey D.

Update: Jakarta residents file air pollution lawsuit, anticipate escalation to the Supreme Court

Earlier this year, we reported on Jakarta citizens who threatened to take legal action against the government, should another 90 days transpire without a clear plan to tackle the city’s air pollution problem. Now, the threatened lawsuit has been filed.

India’s air pollution problem has become a voting issue - finally!
NewsMay 22, 2019Kelsey D.

India’s air pollution problem has become a voting issue - finally!

As major political parties vie for position in India’s upcoming election, air pollution has emerged as an important topic in party manifestos, for the first time in the country’s history.

Dhaka air pollution is on the rise, despite new regulations - here's why
NewsMay 20, 2019Kelsey D.

Dhaka air pollution is on the rise, despite new regulations - here's why

Dhaka’s High Courts summon city authorities to address their failure to uphold newly established requirements, and discuss new ways to tackle the capital’s worsening air quality.

Mexico City’s current air pollution levels cause government to declare an Environmental Emergency
NewsMay 17, 2019Kelsey D.

Mexico City’s current air pollution levels cause government to declare an Environmental Emergency

Dry season conditions and rising temperatures have exacerbated hundreds of brush fires in Southern Mexico, blanketing much of the region in a toxic smog

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