26 Jun '13, 1pm

Microsensors and crowdsourcing expand air quality mapping

Microsensors and crowdsourcing expand air quality mapping

The science behind air pollution in urban areas is clear: smog has been linked to premature deaths, increased asthma attacks and breathing problems, and increased hospital visits. But most of us have no way of knowing about the pollutants that we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Expressways, waste facilities and dry cleaners create highly localized pollution that may not be detected by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional air monitoring data. Larger-scale air monitoring isn't designed to capture such traditional pollution sources, nor does it record local effects of unconventional emissions sources associated with oil and gas development. We have no real way to know when our local air pollution hits dangerous levels, and no way to avoid hazardous air in our communities. Both Houston and Dallas rank among the most polluted cities in the United States, accordi...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/06/26/microsensing-meas...

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