Air Quality Articles

  • Air quality in Europe — 2016 report

    This report presents an updated overview and analysis of air quality in Europe. It is focused in the state in 2015 and the development from 2004 to 2015. It reviews progress towards meeting the requirements of the air quality directives. An overview of the latest findings and estimates of the effects of air pollution on health and its impacts on ecosystems is also ...

  • Biomass is Carbon Neutral – What Does This Mean for Sustainability?

    The topic of climate change is not without its fair share of controversy, and while there are dozens of conflicting scientific and political perspectives at play, one positive that has emerged from the chaos is that the average global citizen is far more aware of the importance of sustainability and environmental responsibility than perhaps ever before. This has trickled into the realm of ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • 4 Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality To Watch For

    The quality of indoor air is something most of us take for granted. Unless there is something very specific and unusual going on around us, like heavy cleaning or maybe new construction, we don’t often think about whether or not there is anything wrong with the air we breathe as we go about our daily business. The truth is, though, that indoor air quality is often worse than ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • The challenges and benefits of local air quality monitoring

    A new generation of air quality monitors is now being offered to provide localised, real-time air quality readings – but the potential benefit is only just starting to be realised. It is generally accepted that whilst measurements from air quality reference stations are highly accurate, they are not sufficiently location-specific. Key pollutants – such as NO2 and PM2.5 ...


    By AQMesh

  • How air pollution affects office workers—and the economy

    FOR anyone who has tried jogging through smog, the physically sapping impacts of air pollution should come as no surprise. But pollution doesn’t just slow down runners, it hampers workers too. Research by Tom Chang of the University of Southern California and colleagues found that pear packers working indoors were slowed by air pollution even at levels well below current air-quality ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • 5 Things You Probably Didnt Know About Indoor Air Quality

    Did you know that air fresheners, candles, furniture, carpets & many other items create indoor air pollutants and are a health risk says Camfil Air Filtration Experts! When you mention air pollution, most people automatically think of smog around cities and factories, or millions of cars racing from one place to another leaving trails of fumes behind them as they ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • How to Get Higher Acceptable Indoor Air Quality Anywhere

    The quality of the indoor air we breathe is a concern for everyone, especially those in urban environments where contaminant and particle levels are higher due to nearly constant exposure to things like automobile and truck exhausts, construction, and fumigation. Unfortunately for most people, when it comes to the quality of the air in the buildings where they spend most of their time, ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Evaluation of flow-rate dynamics in the simultaneous photocatalytic treatment of multichlorinated substituted phenols in continuous-flow systems

    The project investigated the simultaneous degradation of chlorophenols dissolved in aqueous systems. The photocatalysis advanced oxidation process was the technology applied to achieve treatment. Chemical behavioural tracking was performed using the chloride dehalogenation sequence dynamics. The study recorded reductive dehalogenation chemical transformation kinetics of multi-substituted ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How levels of acidity can affect aquatic ecosystems

    We already know that the pH of water can have detrimental effect on human health, and can be affected by a number of different factors including: residue from volcanic ...


    By AQUAREAD Limited

  • AQMesh: a new option for flexible air quality monitoring

    AQMesh has an impressive collection of global users and performance results measuring ambient air quality in applications ranging from traffic planning and urban hotspots to industrial fence line monitoring, building ventilation management, or environmental lobbying. This pole-mounted unit comes with an independent power supply and communications, so offering the possibility of measuring air ...


    By AQMesh

  • Removal of naphthalene from offshore produced water through immobilized nano-TiO2 aided photo-oxidation

    In order to increase the applicability of photocatalysis in treating offshore produced water (OPW), an immobilized catalyst was introduced into the UV irradiation system and its performance on the degradation of organic compounds in OPW was evaluated. Naphthalene was selected as the target pollutant owing to its abundance in produced water and its chemical property as a typical polycyclic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Photocatalysis assisted by peroxymonosulfate and persulfate for benzotriazole degradation: effect of pH on sulfate and hydroxyl radicals

    Recently, notable attempts have been devoted to removing emerging pollutants from water resources. Benzotriazole (BTA) as an emerging pollutant has widely been detected in the aquatic environment and water resources. In the current work, peroxymonosulfate (PMS) and persulfate (PS) were added to a TiO2/UV system for BTA degradation, as electron acceptors to overcome recombination of hole and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR in water by the UV/TiO2/H2O2 process

    The ultraviolet (UV)/titanium dioxide (TiO2)/hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) process (UTHP) has been proven to be effective in removing organics because of its high production of free radicals. In this study, UTHP was further investigated for the photocatalytic degradation of microcystin-LR (MC-LR). Results showed that three mechanisms could realize MC-LR photocatalytic degradation ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Proposed Revisions to the Guideline on Air Quality Models (Appendix W)

    On July 14, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA’s) Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards’ (OAQPS) Air Quality Modeling Group provided a pre-Federal Register (FR) publication of the proposed revisions to the Guideline on Air Quality Models (Appendix W to 40 CFR Part 51) (Guideline) on the U.S. EPA’s Support Center for Regulatory ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical inactivation of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus

    Water disinfection usually requires expensive chemicals or equipment. Chlorination is a common disinfection method, although it is not able to inactivate all pathogens. High concentrations of residual chlorine also cause an unpleasant taste and smell in drinking water. As an alternative, photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical treatment has a high disinfection potential in drinking water by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A short overview of the state of the art and perspectives on the main basic factors hindering the development of photocatalytic treatment of water

    This brief overview focuses on three of the main basic phenomena limiting the applications of photocatalysis using semiconductors for the treatment of water, so that this technology has really not gone beyond the demonstration stage aside from niche applications. These phenomena are: the recombination of photogenerated charges; the adsorption of trace organic pollutants; the spectral range of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • First evaluation of a novel screening tool for outlier detection in large scale ambient air quality datasets

    Systematic collection of long term meso- to large-scale datasets of ambient air quality provides an indispensible means for air pollution monitoring. However, the quality of these monitoring data depends on the chosen method of measurements and the QA/QC procedures applied. We present the first version of a prototyped screening tool for the automatic detection of outliers in large data volume ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • PRESAXIO regional air quality modelling system: validation and applications

    Different operational air quality forecasts (ESSEM Cost Action 0602) are currently available in Europe. However, most of them are not suitable for regional application and, also, their coarse outputs do not fit well with air quality management needs. In this work, PRESAXIO regional air quality modelling system is validated and applied over Galicia (NW of Spain), including WRF and CHIMERE models. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Intraurban variability of Ambient PM Arsenic and other air toxics metals case study

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) and Washington University participated in a project to collect and analyze air toxics metals data. It was funded through a Community Air Toxics Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The study grew out of the southside St. Louis Community Air Project (CAP) which identified six hazardous air pollutants of concern including ...


    By Cooper Environmental

  • Dispersion models and air quality data for population exposure assessment to air pollution

    Evaluating the extent of exposure to chemicals in absence of continuous measurements of their concentration in air and direct measures of personal exposure is crucial for epidemiological studies. Dispersion models can be a useful tool for reproducing spatio-temporal distribution of contaminants emitted by a specific source. However, they cannot easily be applied to short-term epidemiological ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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