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Air pollution shortens more lives than smoking, drugs and malaria

Although we are in the midst of a global pandemic, air pollution remains the single major contributor to loss in life expectancy across the globe.

Has air quality improved during lockdowns?

Delhi has had much cleaner air during the Covid-19 lockdowns, whereas we do not find the same improvement in PM2.5 levels in Oslo, Norway.

Monitoring Air Pollution With Airmine’s Air Quality Index API

Learn how to use our Air Quality API in this short tutorial. The API is designed for web, IoT, and mobile app developers. It is a free API that gives you access to the PM2.5 concentration at any given location, both current concentration and a 8-days forecast.

Oslo – less cars but bad air

Oslo, Norway, is like many other cities under Corona virus lockdown. Less traffic let us expect good air quality, but the opposite proved true for the end of March. We investigate reasons behind the high PM2.5 values.

PM2.5 levels drop in Wuhan, China

PM2.5 levels drop by almost 40% after the quarantine in Wuhan, China. We expect reductions in air pollution for the rest of the world as the pandemic develops.

Watch out: Link between air pollution and glaucoma

Researchers have found a link between glaucoma and air pollution. People living in areas with high levels of air pollution run a higher risk of developing glaucoma.

We’re missing the small picture: The threat from ultrafine particles

Ultrafine particles are so small that they're hard to track and trace, but they seem to harm us nevertheless. They enter our blood and organs, and can "carry" toxic chemicals than might cause serious illnesses.

Nairobi: Don’t take a deep breath if you don’t have to

The notorious traffic jams of Nairobi bring deadly air pollution to its inhabitants. Removing catalytic converters does not help.

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Air pollution shortens more lives than smoking, drugs and malaria

Although we are in the midst of a global pandemic, air pollution remains the single major contributor to loss in life expectancy across the globe.

Has air quality improved during lockdowns?

Delhi has had much cleaner air during the Covid-19 lockdowns, whereas we do not find the same improvement in PM2.5 levels in Oslo, Norway.

Birch pollen – how did it develop?

The birch season is over for this year - we have dived into our data and created a visualisation of how it developed in Europe.

Grass pollen levels still high in Central Europe

High levels in Denmark, Germany and Poland, France may have seen the peak. Grass pollen in UK and Scandinavia is on the rise as northern Europe really warms up.

Monitoring Air Pollution With Airmine’s Air Quality Index API

Learn how to use our Air Quality API in this short tutorial. The API is designed for web, IoT, and mobile app developers. It is a free API that gives you access to the PM2.5 concentration at any given location, both current concentration and a 8-days forecast.

Grass blooming in Central Europe

The grass season is long - and Central Europe is in the midst of the blooming. Northern Europe is starting to feel the season.

Birch pollen – the north gets the rest

The birch pollen season is almost finished in most of Central and South Europe. The inhabitants of the northern regions can still expect moderate to high levels, as the weather (finally) warms up.

A first look at the grass pollen season

Grass pollen is the most common pollen allergy in Europe and the season is well under way. Central Europe can expect high levels, while the cold weather further north let us wait for the spread.

Birch pollen season in full swing in Europe

The birch pollen season is at its height in Central Europe, with high levels recorded across the continent. Southern Scandinavia is starting to feel the birch as well, and will see increasing pollen levels the next ten days.