You’ll never breathe the same again

GWRC has a monitoring project that is mea.uring air quality (NO2) using low cost tubes around the CBD as a pilot project that will give us a good idea of where the “hot-spots” are. As part of this work NIWA is going to be advising us about the feasibility of supplementing our particulate monitoring at our inner city station with cheaper particulate sensors that could deployed at other locations the city.

INHALE_TorontoToronto has recruited residents from South Etobicoke to walk and cycle around their community with air monitors that measure and map what they have been breathing. It’s the first project of its kind in Canada and the results have been amazing.

These type of sensors are very useful (if you have a lot of them deployed in different areas) to show how air quality varies quite considerably over short distances and short time frames. You get a good feel for relative concentrations rather than absolute. Plus they are also great for community engagement and involvement.
However, they have a short battery life and are not that accurate.

2 thoughts on “You’ll never breathe the same again

  1. One good place to set up low cost particulate monitoring would be at each and every school in the country. It would be a good geographic match to where people actually live. Particulate pollution is a burden on school-aged lungs, so it’d be good to see what the kids are getting exposed to. For secondary schools pollution monitoring could be part of the curriculum.

    1. This is a good idea but the officials will never allow this because in most cases it would highlight that the levels of carcinogenic gases WILL be haming ratepayers citizens health in those hotspots

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