Research from Queen Mary University of London has shown once again the vital importance of getting real air pollution data at hyperlocal level, continuously, and in real time. AirSensa’s solution for hyperlocal monitoring can deliver the guidance needed to help people avoid as much air pollution as possible - and research like this is showing why it’s so important.
Press release: 30 July 2018 - UK-based environmental and data analytics company AirSensa launches UK’s first mini-bond to offer investors a stake in tackling air pollution - Mini-bond will fund roll-out of 800 sensors across four cities - First roll-out will take place in Manchester in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester
As part of AirSensa’s plan to establish large demonstration meshes to showcase low-cost monitoring in major cities, AirSensa will roll out its first City Demonstration Mesh (CDM) in Manchester over the next few months. Transport for Greater Manchester will work with AirSensa, three local universities, and a range of other partners to install a network of 200 AirSensa pollution sensor units to monitor key air pollutants in real time.
The UK government says air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer, obesity and heart disease. We speak to a father whose daughter was rushed to hospital with breathing problems - he blames poor air quality. We'll find out what the authorities are doing to try and reduce congestion.
AirSensa has established an advisory council of experts in fields and industries that align with the Company’s interests, including: Michael Brockman Professor Pali Hungin OBE DL MD FRCP FRCGP FRSA Dr Peter Biesenbach Anthony Bouchier
The repeated hospital admissions of a girl who died in an asthma attack at the age of nine show a “striking association” with spikes in illegal levels of air pollution around her home in London, legal documents have revealed. Ella Kissi-Debrah, from Hither Green, near the capital’s busy South Circular Road, experienced seizures for three years prior to her death in February 2013. Her family are calling for a new inquest into her death following fresh evidence that air pollution was a contributory factor.
According to a report recently published by Unicef ‘A Breath of Toxic Air’, more than 4.5 million children - almost a third of under-18s - in the UK are growing up in areas with toxic levels of small particulate air pollution, including 1.6 million under-fives and 270,000 babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 70% of towns and cities in the UK have unsafe levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
The European Commission recently published a paper to accompany its decisions on improving air quality, titled 'A Europe that protects: Clean air for all’. "Air pollution is a cause of both chronic and serious diseases such as asthma, cardiovascular problems and lung cancer," the paper said. But is the commission's policy actually leading to clean air for all?
Some pupils in London are being taught in classrooms where air is so polluted it breaches World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, a study has found. In some cases, the report found that pollution levels inside the schools were higher than outside. Sadiq Khan wants the funds to allow schools to make "immediate changes". A review of existing studies concluded that "children living or attending schools near high traffic density roads were exposed to higher levels of motor vehicle exhaust gases, and had higher incidence and prevalence of childhood asthma and wheeze".
A decade-long Canadian study of 6.6 million people, published in The Lancet, found that 1 in 10 dementia deaths in people living within 50 metres of a busy road was attributable to traffic fumes and noise.
Around 850,000 people suffer from dementia in Britain, and it is now the leading cause of death for both men and women – resulting in these findings being significant for the UK.
According to the EEA’s Air quality in Europe – 2016 report, 467,000 people died prematurely in 2013 due to air pollution. With over 430,000 due to PM2.5 and 71,000 from NO2 (there is certain level of cross over). In the UK, air pollution overall costs the economy more than £20bn per year – just under 16% of the NHS’s annual £116bn budget.
A report conducted jointly by the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2016 concluded that premature deaths due to air pollution are costing the global economy $5.1tn annually. This is roughly twice the economic output of the UK, with more than half of that burden falling on China and other developing economies in Asia.
The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined brain tissue from 37 people in Manchester and Mexico, aged between 3 and 92. Abundant particles of magnetite, an iron oxide toxic to the brain, was found in the tissue and abnormal accumulation of these brain metals is a key feature of Alzheimer’s disease. While this raises concerns, the new work is still a long way from proving that the air pollution particles cause or exacerbate Alzheimer’s.