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Air pollution

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.

Airmine at the Clean Cooking Forum 2019

More than 3 billion people are heavily exposed to dangerous air from cooking. Clean Cooking Forum 2019 gathered different forces to combat this huge problem.

Deadly Delhi

Smoke from crop stubble and Diwali fireworks make a deadly mixture.

Air pollution kills – and costs

About 7 million people die from air pollution annually, and costs to society are huge. But lots can be - and is - done to reduce it.

Cycling in cities: Darth Vader on two wheels?

Sell your bike and buy a bus card? We say don't.

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Air quality in Europe – it’s going the right way

EEA's recent report gives hope for the air quality in Europe. Most pollutants have been reduced the last decade, but Eastern Europe is still heavily affected.

Winter is coming – with polluted air

As we enter the colder months on the northern hemisphere, air pollution levels rise. Much of Europe is affected, but can hardly match the soaring levels in Northern India.

Smoke from west? No, dust from east

Did the huge forest fires on the US West Coast in September impact air quality in Europe? Not really, the measurements show. What did have an impact, was dust transported by winds from south east.

Better air in Beijing than San Francisco

Last week, you'd rather breathe Delhi air than take a stroll in San Francisco. Smoke and ashes from the huge forest make air quality on the US West Coast the worst in the world.

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.