Kuching’s air quality is back in the spotlight as the city once again ranks at the top of IQAir AirVisual’s most polluted cities. The ongoing Malaysia haze is being caused by smoke emanating from seasonal forest fires in Indonesia – and they are also affecting another neighbour: Singapore’s air quality has worsened and the city state is currently at no. 6 on the world ranking.
Beijing is on track to drop out of the world’s top 200 most polluted cities this year. Discover how the city's notorious pollution problem is being tackled in the latest IQAir AirVisual Beijing City Report, “State of the Air: 2008 to August 2019.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced two parallel proposals that would halt regulatory oversight of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, effectively withdrawing control over the sector's green-house gases, or heat-trapping pollutants, which contribute to climate change.
The young country of Kosovo has emerged as one of Europe’s worst polluters. Its reliance on the dirtiest form of coal means it has some of Europe’s worst air quality, and this pollution drifts beyond its borders into neighbouring Balkan countries, the European Union and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.