The Global Climate and Health Alliance and a group of partner agencies recently launched Unmask My City, an initiative designed to raise awareness of air pollution and its threat to global public health. With air pollution now responsible for around 6.5 million premature deaths per year, according to the International Energy Agency, the need for coordinated efforts to improve air quality has never been more apparent.
Unmask My City seeks to improve health outcomes in 10 cities across five continents as it gets off the ground. A series of other initiatives echo this effort, from the The American Public Health Association’s “Year of Climate Change and Health,” which aims to initiate discussion around air quality health risks, to the upcoming Global Emissions InitiAtive in Hamburg, Germany.
While education is critical, technological innovation plays an increasingly important role to improve air quality in cities and countries most at risk. Advanced particulate analyzers, ambient gas monitors and other instruments that measure pollutants in the air are critical tools in the global effort toward cleaner air.
Chemical & Engineering News recently published a cover story focused on the impact of new technology for air quality analysis in China. Check out the story here: China looks to restore the blue skies.
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