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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.

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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.