Urban Pollution News

  • Research to address health impact of indoor air pollution

    Research will be launched to evaluate the health impact of indoor air pollution in urban public spaces by the International Ecological Economy Promotion Association (IEEPA), announced Li Junyang, secretary-general of the IEEPA, at a seminar in Beijing on July 24, 2016. The seminar was held to solicit opinions on the research from experts in government departments and universities as ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Poor air quality and climate change are the two greatest threats to human health in the pan-European region - says new UN report

    Poor air quality, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and the disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the region, finds the latest Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) assessment for the pan-European region, prepared by the UN Environment Programme and the UN Economic Commission for Europe with support from the European Environment Agency (EEA). ...

  • ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link 1.4 released

    CERC's state of the art system for multi-scale modelling of pollutant dispersion, the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link (RML), has been updated for use with ADMS-Urban 4 and the new Run Manager version 1.7. The RML is an innovative automated ...

  • ADMS workshop in Shanghai, 4-5 May 2016

    CERC’s Managing Director Dr. David Carruthers gave keynote presentations at the two day Urban Transport Pollution and ADMS User Group Workshop in Shanghai 4-5 May 2016. This workshop was jointly hosted by the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of Fudan University and the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences. During the workshop, the new version of ADMS-Urban/ADMS-EIA ...

  • CERC at the recent Air Quality Science and Application conference in Milan

    In March, Dr. Jenny Stocker from CERC attended the Air Quality – Science and Application conference in Milan, presenting recent work on regional to roadside modelling and co-chairing a session on ‘Development / application / evaluation of air quality and related models’. Jenny’s presentation showed analyses derived from ...

  • New Air Pollution solutions released: ADMS-Urban, ADMS-Roads & ADMS-Airport 4.0

    ADMS-Urban is the comprehensive system for modelling air quality in large urban areas, cities and towns. ADMS-Roads is designed for investigating ...

  • New Report Calls for Policy Reforms to Achieve Planetary and Human Health

    Changing environmental conditions such as increased carbon dioxide emissions, rampant use of fertilizer and the acidification of the oceans could lead to major health challenges for millions of people, according to a new report launched today in Nairobi. The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report, Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch, establishes clear ...

  • Lawsuits could force VW to buy back cheating diesels

    Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether. Many of the more than 200 lawsuits filed in the past few weeks allege that for seven years VW marketed four-cylinder diesel Golfs, Jettas, Beetles and Passats as clean alternatives to gas engines, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces

    A new study has quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolution land-cover data. The findings show that different types of green space provide different ecosystem services, highlighting the importance of careful design during city planning. The authors say their method to map ecosystem services supply ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces

    Urban green spaces provide important ecosystem services in cities, from recreation to the mitigation of noise and air pollution. This study quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolution land-cover data. The findings show that different types of green space provide different ES, highlighting the ...

  • Volkswagen – EMIT can account for real-world diesel emissions

    Analysis of measurements from the last decade throughout Europe have demonstrated that ambient NOx and NO2concentrations are not decreasing in line with the published emission factors (Carslaw et al. 2011). On-road vehicle testing in the UK has highlighted that ...

  • EMIT 3.4 released

    A new version of EMIT is now available. EMIT is a simple, fast and comprehensive tool for compiling, editing and analysing emissions inventories. EMIT is invaluable in many situations, for example when carrying out emission calculations across large urban areas when dispersion modelling with ADMS-Urban, and when predicting the ...

  • Drawing the Line: Setting a Better, Healthier Ozone Standard

    Most people know about the Ozone hole, the thinning stratospheric ozone levels above Earth’s Polar Regions, but fewer know about ground level ozone. On October 1st, the EPA will be finalizing updated ground level Ozone standards using new research regarding public health and ozone. What does this mean and ...


    By Earth Day Network

  • Another environmental benefit of electric vehicles revealed

    A study in this week’s Scientific Report by researchers at Michigan State University and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly than conventional vehicles by uncovering two hidden benefits. They show that the cool factor is real – in that electric vehicles emit significantly less heat. That difference could ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Careful urban tree planting and pruning needed to reduce trapping of air pollution

    Careful planting and pruning is needed to ensure that air pollution in tree-lined streets is minimised, new research suggests. While planting trees in urban areas can have many benefits, such as enhancing biodiversity, trees can trap particulate matter pollution, say the study’s authors. Particulate matter (PM) air pollution is a component of vehicle exhaust emissions and PM2.5 (particles ...

  • Ozone levels still pose risk to health and vegetation

    Peak levels of ozone pollution have fallen at rural and urban sites in both Europe and the US in recent years, a new study shows. However, the research also found that limits to protect health and ecosystems are still being exceeded. After particulate matter, ground-level ozone is considered to be the second most important air pollutant in terms of its effects on human health. However, its ...

  • Reducing noise pollution - success stories

    A project in Ireland has won the European Soundscape Award 2014 for its work on acoustic planning and urban sound design. The prize, presented by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Thursday evening in Bern, recognises initiatives that can help reduce noise and create healthy soundscapes. Noise pollution can increase stress levels or disturb sleep, affecting human health. Prolonged exposure ...

  • Childhood obesity linked to traffic pollution

    Traffic pollution contributes to childhood obesity, a recent study concludes. In the US investigation of over 4 500 children, the researchers estimated that air pollution increased the body mass index (BMI) of 10-year olds in the most polluted areas of study by 0.4 units, compared to those in the least polluted areas. It is thought that pollution may have slowed the children’s metabolism. ...

  • Risky Business – The Economic Risks From Climate Change

    The American economy could face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report released today. The report, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” summarizes findings of an independent ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Green Clouds on the IT Horizon

    Small businesses could save up to 62% of energy costs by switching to a cloud computing system for their invoicing, according to research published in the International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management. The approach of integrating cloud computing and a more environmentally-aware approach to information technology also cuts carbon emissions, the team reports, and could work ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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