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92% of the world’s population exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution

Everyone, everywhere could use a personal air pollution monitor device to try and avoid the worst of the pollution most of us are exposed to. This is a new study from the World Health Organization reported on by Science Daily:
92% of the world’s population exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution
Date:September 27, 2016Source:World Health OrganizationSummary:A new […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Air Pollution, Mortality, WHO|0 Comments

More evidence particulate air pollution can enter the brain

BBC News article
Pollution particles ‘get into brain’
highlights the concern raised by a recent study that sub 200 nanometer iron pollution particles seem to be going directly from the  nose into the brain.

“But nanoscale particles of magnetite are believed to be small enough to pass from the nose into the olfactory bulb and then via the […]

By |September 5th, 2016|Air Pollution, Neurology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

London’s I Like Clean Air citizen science project

This is a great example of grassroots air quality monitoring leading to influence on government and policy, and is the kind of impact I envisioned Blue Marble Labs could support;

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/03/citizen-science-how-internet-changing-amateur-research

A quote from the “Shazia Ali-Webber: I Like Clean Air project” section of the article,

“If you want to raise awareness, the most powerful thing you can do is […]

By |July 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New study linking air pollution to mental disorders in young

This study from Sweden suggests a link between Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM) pollution emissions and mental disorders in children;

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-07-03/research-sweden-finds-link-between-air-pollution-and-mental-disorders-young.

While particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) are widely recognized and reported as the danger in air pollution, this is a study that also emphasizes the link between elevated levels of NO2 and human health.

The referenced […]

By |July 4th, 2016|Air Pollution, Neurology|0 Comments

Environment Found to Contribute to Several Human Diseases

“NIH researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers.”
Read more: http://www.33rdsquare.com/2014/11/environment-found-to-contribute-to.html#ixzz3LRSrgLJI

By |December 9th, 2014|Air Pollution, DNA, Genetics|0 Comments

Smart city initiatives focussing on finer grain air quality monitoring

From http://www.govtech.com/data/Smart-Cities-Understanding-the-Untapped-Value-of-Sensor-Data.html,
“This fall, Chicago will install a network of 40 sensors to discover how new data sets can inform decisions that make the city a better place to live. The Array of Things initiative will begin with devices being installed on light poles at the University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Argonne […]

By |November 7th, 2014|Air Pollution, Smart City|0 Comments