Tag Archive for: air quality

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Do plants improve air quality?

According to an often-quoted study conducted by NASA, house plants have been found to purify the air and remove “up to 87% of the amount of toxins in the air”. Recent studies, however, have cast doubt on these statements finding that indoor…
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Future use cases for air quality data: individual health, air pollution exposure and asthma alerts

As part of the InterLuft project, we are envisioning future use cases of ubiquitous air quality data in our cities: This article is part of a series of visions of the future and thought experiments on how our surroundings might become more environmentally…
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Everything to know about nitrogen dioxide (NO2)

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a chemical compound part of a group of highly reactive gases known as oxides of nitrogen or nitrogen oxides (NOx). It is a common air pollutant recognized by many standard air quality guidelines, including the World…
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Lichens as an Indicator of Air Quality

Indicator species are organisms that provide information on the condition of their environment. Lichens are one such example, and have been used by scientists for the purpose of determining the air quality in a given area. Read on to find out…
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Traffic & Air Quality – The Influence of Mobility on Urban Air Pollution

Air pollution is the greatest environmental health risk, killing approximately 7 million worldwide every year. Ambient air pollution accounts for 4.2 million of those deaths, of which traffic and mobility are a major source. Global transport…
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Not all particulate matter is equal – why some particulates are more dangerous than others

Particulate matter (PM) is an air pollutant composed of tiny solid and liquid particles. Primary particulate matter is emitted from a direct source, while secondary particulate matter is formed as a result of chemical and physical reactions…
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How much air pollution do rocket launches cause?

The billionaire space race has been a hot topic lately. Richard Branson of the Virgin Group went to space on July 11, 2021. Jeff Bezos of Amazon followed soon after on July 20, 2021. Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX plans on travelling sometime…
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Everything to know about Particulate Matter (PM)

Particulate matter (PM) is a common air pollutant harmful to human health that is recognized for monitoring and mitigating by the World Health Organization and Breeze Technologies. Read on to find out more. What is particulate matter? Particulate…
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The new 2021 WHO air quality guideline limits

The World Health Organization (WHO) has tightened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, 22 September 2021. This was the WHO's first adjustment of its recommendations on particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon…
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How Disneyland reduced the emissions from their fireworks

Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth”, is renowned for its brilliant firework shows that run almost nightly year-round. As beautiful as they are, however, fireworks are notorious air polluters. Disneyland has received numerous smoke…
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Everything to know about Ozone (O3)

Ozone (O3), specifically at the ground level, is a common air pollutant recognized by many standard air quality guidelines, including the World Health Organization’s. At Breeze Technologies, ground-level ozone is among the many pollutants…
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Everything to know about Ammonia (NH3)

Ammonia (NH3) is a common air pollutant. Despite it not being included in many standard air quality guidelines, such as the World Health Organization’s, we at Breeze Technologies consider it vital to be monitored. Our sensors are thus calibrated…