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UPDATED: The link between COVID-19 mortality and air pollution

Back in May, Breeze Technologies published an article outlining the preliminary findings linking higher COVID-19 mortality and air pollution. In this article we highlighted the limitations of the then-current research, as correlation does not…
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Copernicus and air quality: The Sentinel-5P instrument

Copernicus, previously known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), is the European Union’s Earth observation (EO) programme. It is served by a set of dedicated satellites from the Sentinel family developed by the European…
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What effect did the German fireworks ban have on air quality on New Year’s Eve 2020?

One year ago we analysed the particulate matter concentrations caused by fireworks on New Year's Eve in the city of Hamburg, and their effect on overall air quality. This time around, the sale of fireworks was prohibited due to the Coronavirus…
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The different ESA Copernicus Sentinel missions and what they measure

Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth observation (EO) programme. Managed by the European Commission (EC), it was previously known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES). Copernicus is currently served by a fleet of dedicated…
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The health impact of specific air pollutants

We breathe 15,000 litres of air every day. Apart from the oxygen (O2) and nitrogen (N2) essential for survival, the atmosphere also consists of many harmful foreign substances. When detectable, they are considered to be air pollution. Air pollution…
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The health impact of indoor and outdoor air pollution

We breathe 15,000 litres of air every day. Apart from the oxygen (O2) and nitrogen (N2) essential for survival, the atmosphere also consists of harmful foreign substances. When detectable, they are considered to be air pollution. Air pollution…
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Calculating an actionable indoor air quality index

An air quality index (AQI) is a descriptive scale used to show how polluted the air is. There is little research on the health effects of air pollution in short time frames. This is why air quality indexes are typically only provided for time…
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Why indoor air quality is important for every business

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has been a long overlooked issue in comparison to outdoor air pollution. Just because indoor air pollution can be harder to detect, however, doesn’t mean it’s harmless: the concentrations of some pollutants can be…
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The direct economic impact of improving air quality

Air pollution not only affects human health, but also the economy. Effective clean air actions sanctioned by governments have been found to improve individual health and productivity, thus providing clear economic benefits. How air pollution…
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The history of air quality measurement and legislation

Air quality has long been a historical issue, reaching back as far as the Roman times. It is only after a series of serious smog incidents that authorities finally took action, starting first with the curbing of emissions.
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Air pollution trends across the seasons

While air pollution is an issue all year round, different seasons see an increase in certain pollutants due to various factors such as temperature, climate, and human activities. Read on to find out more. Spring Ammonia (NH3) concentrations…
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The link between air pollution and climate change

There is a clear connection between poor air quality and climate change. Air pollutants and greenhouse gases are often emitted at the same time, and many air pollutants have direct or indirect climate effects. By reducing air pollution, we preserve…