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;


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;


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

More than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization’s limits

More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted.

According to the latest urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and […]

By |May 22nd, 2016|Air Pollution|0 Comments

Cooperative Field Study of Air Quality to Advance Air Pollution Monitoring from Space

NASA and the Republic of Korea are developing plans for a cooperative field study of air quality in May and June to advance the ability to monitor air pollution accurately from space.

Read more HERE.

By |March 6th, 2016|Air Pollution|0 Comments

Ground-Level Ozone Exposure May Raise Death Risk

The analysis of data from nearly 670,000 participants in a nationwide cancer prevention study suggested that every additional 10 parts per billion (ppb) of long-term ground-level ozone exposure increased the risk of dying from diabetes or COPD during follow-up by 16% and 14%, respectively.

Read the report HERE.

By |February 15th, 2016|Air Pollution, Mortality|0 Comments

Serious crimes are more likely to occur in neighborhoods downwind of air pollution, according to a new study.

Neighborhoods downwind from tailpipe exhaust or industrial activity are more likely to experience higher rates of violent crime like homicide, rape, or assault, argue a team of researchers from the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the University of California–Davis in a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The researchers found […]

By |January 6th, 2016|Air Pollution, Neurology|0 Comments

Air pollution accounts for over 430 000 premature deaths in Europe

A new report published on Nov 30, 2015 by the European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates that air pollution continues to be responsible for more than 430 000 premature deaths in Europe. The most problematic pollutants affecting human health are particulate matter (PM), ground-level ozone (O3) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Read the report HERE.

By |December 1st, 2015|Air Pollution, Mortality|0 Comments

Air pollution linked to diabetes, heart disease

A new report suggests that Canadians who live in areas with higher air pollution have an increased risk of dying from conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Surprisingly, researchers did not find any increased risk of dying from respiratory disease. They said they could not explain the findings. Read more HERE.

By |November 6th, 2015|Air Pollution, Cardiology, Pulmonology|0 Comments