urban pollution News

  • Health impacts of air pollution: the evidence reviewed

    The damaging health impacts of some key air pollutants can occur at lower atmospheric concentrations than indicated by the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality guidelines, set in 2005 and currently used in Europe. This is according to a new WHO report, which assesses scientific evidence to help inform European air pollution policies. The report highlights key findings of the ...

  • Hot summer weather exacerbating ozone pollution

    Unusually high temperatures this summer may be contributing to poor air quality in many European cities. Thresholds to protect health from ground-level ozone have been exceeded across Europe in recent weeks, according to preliminary data reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Ozone pollution has serious effects on health, especially for older people and children, or those with ...

  • US$100m for urban water management in Chinese city of Bengbu

    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a loan of US$100 million to the People’s Republic of China to help improve the water supply and manage wastewater in a major urban area of Anhui Province – around 400 kilometers west of Shanghai in the east of the country. The Bengbu Integrated Environment Improvement Project will focus on improving water management in the middle and ...


    By The World Bank

  • China-UK Urban Air Quality Management Workshop in Beijing

    Air quality is one of the most critical environmental issues in China. CERC, in partnership with the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, held a China-UK Urban Air Quality Management Workshop in Beijing on 13 June 2017. There were 20 speakers at the event, with ...

  • Producing clean water from urban sewage streams in India

    Recently in India a project started for local treatment of urban sewage streams for healthy reuse (LOTUS HR). This project aims to clean one of the most polluted streams in Delhi. “India is facing its worst water crisis in a decade,” says Tanya Singh of Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra). “Its rapid urbanization keeps on putting more stress on fresh water supply, while ...

  • IDB approves US$56m for urban environmental program in Brazil

    The Inter-American Development Bank announced on Monday the approval of a US$56.7 million loan to the Municipality of Goiânia for an urban environmental program in the Macambira and Anicuns River watersheds. The program will help mitigate the impact of haphazard settlement along riverbanks and promote citizen participation in sustainable development of the city of Goiânia, located in west-central ...

  • Many Europeans still exposed to harmful air pollutants

    Almost a third of Europe's city dwellers are exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter (PM), one of the most important pollutants in terms of harm to human health as it penetrates sensitive parts of the respiratory system. The EU has made progress over the past decades to reduce the air pollutants which cause acidification, but a new report published today by the European ...

  • Children with asthma affected by `safe` levels of air pollution

    Children with asthma living in cities are especially vulnerable to urban pollution. Emissions from motor vehicles, in particular, are thought to provoke asthma-related symptoms. New research suggests that even 'safe' levels of atmospheric pollutants can affect children with asthma, causing breathing difficulties and an associated increase in health problems. Researchers examined the relationship ...

  • Quality of urban waterways found to affect bat populations and biodiversity

    Urban waterways can provide foraging opportunities for a range of bat species. However researchers have found that bats in the UK are negatively affected by high levels of invasive plant species and urban development near waterways. The researchers highlight the value these often disregarded urban spaces can have for ecosystems, and suggest ways to improve the biodiversity of waterways. ...

  • EPA and Public Lab Revitalize Urban Waters in New Orleans

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $52,185 to the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab). The organization will train community members and wetland restoration advocates to monitor and track progress at eight ongoing urban wetland restoration projects near Lake Pontchartrain. The training will include introduction to basic science, technology, ...

  • Urban Observatory monitors Newcastle with new generation of environmental sensors

    The UK’s first Urban Observatory, led by Newcastle University, has been designed to provide a digital view of how cities work. AQMesh air quality monitoring equipment is being deployed across Newcastle and Gateshead in conjunction with other instruments for monitoring parameters such as air and water quality, noise, weather, energy use, traffic and even tweets. ...


    By AQMesh

  • Health impacts of air pollution need better communication

    Reductions in air pollution in European cities significantly reduce the number of premature deaths, according to researchers. However, these results need to be communicated effectively to policy makers in order to have an impact. One of the four main target areas of the EU's Sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP)1 is Environment and Health, which includes air pollution. Particulate matter is ...

  • Local people place different values on urban sustainability indicators

    Progress towards achieving a sustainable urban environment may be measured by sustainability indicators (SIs), which can be chosen to represent values that are important to local communities. A recent study has assessed a set of SIs developed by both sustainability experts and local citizens and suggests that local communities can attach different values to SIs to reflect local values and ...

  • Air pollution monitoring model takes off in Australia

    “The Air Pollution Model (TAPM) increases our ability to pinpoint pollutant behaviour in a wider range of atmospheric conditions,” says CSIRO’s Dr Peter Hurley. ”Over the coming years the new model will continue to fill a gap between simple air pollution dispersion models and the much more complex earth system models such as The Australian Community Climate and Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS).” ...

  • Urban Observatory Monitors Newcastle With New Generation of Environmental Sensors

    The UK’s first Urban Observatory, led by Newcastle University, has been designed to provide a digital view of how cities work. AQMesh air quality monitoring equipment is being deployed across Newcastle and Gateshead in conjunction with other instruments for monitoring parameters such as air and water quality, noise, weather, energy use, traffic and even tweets. ...


    By AQMesh

  • Drone Employee successfully tests a pollution-monitoring drone

    The team of Drone Employee, the project launched by Airalab, has tested a drone specially equipped to analyze air quality. The test flight took place in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia. According to the project, the drones perform dynamic monitoring of air pollution with the help of sensors on board. They measure the concentration of greenhouse gases and particulate pollutants thus helping ...

  • Many Europeans still exposed to harmful air pollutants

    Almost a third of Europe's city dwellers are exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter is one of the most important pollutants in terms of harm to human health as it penetrates sensitive parts of the respiratory system. The EU has made progress over the past decades to reduce the air pollutants which cause acidification, but a new report published ...

  • Booth and Poster Präsentation at Transport and Air Pollution 2010

    IVU Umwelt will be present with a booth and two contributions to the poster programme at the International Symposium 'Transport and Air Pollution' 2010. Poster: A monitoring system to control effects and effectiveness of traffic measures in urban areas Poster: Analysis of the impacts of an environmental traffic management system on vehicle emissions and air quality The ...


    By IVU Umwelt GmbH

  • Urban Observatory Monitors Newcastle With New Generation of Environmental Sensors

    The UK’s first Urban Observatory, led by Newcastle University, has been designed to provide a digital view of how cities work. AQMesh air quality monitoring equipment is being deployed across Newcastle and Gateshead in conjunction with other instruments for monitoring parameters such as air and water quality, noise, weather, energy use, traffic and even tweets. ...


    By AQMesh

  • European sensors will monitor radiation, pollution and extreme temperatures

    Wireless sensor networks are currently receiving huge attention as a basic tool to detect emergency events or monitor physical parameters of interest, such as radiation, pollution and extreme temperatures. The WINSOC project, supported by the EU with EUR 2.44 million in funding, is developing innovative sensor networks that mimic biological systems. With these new sensors, the project partners ...

Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you