28 Nov '11, 6pm

London's new approach to fighting air pollution: glue traps

If your house were infested with mosquitos, you might put up flypaper strips to trap them. London mayor Boris Johnson is taking roughly the same approach to air pollution -- he's having street sweepers spray a calcium-based adhesive onto the ground to trap particulate air pollution. It sounds like a stupid idea, and maybe it is. But it also seems to work. The pollution glue traps have reduced particulate levels by 14 percent in the air pollution hotspots that are being targeted. Of course, one of those hotspots is the official air monitoring station, whose data will be used to determine whether London is in violation of E.U. pollution standards. But surely that's just a coincidence! This program is massively expensive ($1.4 million so far), but not as expensive as the fines London would have to pay if it got in trouble with the European Commission, which enforces pollution...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-11-28-london-fights-air-po...

Tweets

London Using Glue to Clean Up Air

ecogeek.org 28 Nov '11, 9pm

The European Union is requiring member countries to have no more than 35 bad air days per year by 2012 or the countries wi...

First Views of New Green Living Wall on London Tube Station

First Views of New Green Living Wall on London ...

treehugger.com 29 Nov '11, 10am

Jolly good: another green living wall is being installed in London and TreeHugger has the first shots of it. Located at a ...

Air pollution costs Europe billions: Air pollution caused more than 100 billion euros ($134.95 billion) in healt...

Air pollution costs Europe billions: Air pollut...

enn.com 27 Nov '11, 2pm

RELATED ARTICLES E.U. Proposes Ambitious Plans To Clean Up Air Pollution by 2020 September 22, 2005 12:00 AM Europe's air ...

Cost of air pollution revealed: Potential harmf...

thegreencarwebsite.co.uk 27 Nov '11, 12am

Potential harmful effects of air pollution are well known – but just what is the monetary cost of Europe’s largest polluti...

Ethanol company Corn Plus fined $760,000 for ly...

green.autoblog.com 28 Nov '11, 1pm

Corn Plus, a farmer-owned Cooperative that operates an ethanol production facility located in Winnebago, Minnesota, was re...

Walking around London -- Surprise locations

aardvarktravel.net 11 Dec '11, 5pm

i do quite a bit of walking around london, round the back streets and places off the tourist path, and i'm always coming a...

How Matt pulled off a 10-day London vacation for only $700.

How Matt pulled off a 10-day London vacation fo...

izreloaded.blogspot.com 29 Nov '11, 1am

I.Z. Reloaded covers news, pop culture, blogs, websites, gadgets, the fascinating and the weird from a Singapore perspecti...

#London #Games - Gao loses in London but Lee is...

todayonline.com 28 Nov '11, 11pm

SINGAPORE - Following the women's team silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the aim for Singapore's national table t...

Industrial air pollution cost Europe up to €169...

eea.europa.eu 24 Nov '11, 9am

Air pollution by the facilities covered by EEA’s analysis cost every European citizen approximately € 200-330 on average i...