Many parts of western Europe woke up this morning in a cloud of Saharan dust—from yellow skies in Paris to dangerously high levels of particulate matter in Madrid. I had a chance to sit down with our lead atmospheric scientist and particulate matter transportation expert Dr. Boris Quennehen to discuss some of the key questions […]
In 2014, we launched Plume Labs to make air quality information accessible to everyone.
Since then, our growing community has been at the forefront of the fight for clean air.
How we move around the city makes a difference, both in terms of how much pollution we create, AND how much pollution we breathe. It’s easy to guess what pollutes more when we consider driving a car, walking, or riding a bike, but what’s best for our lungs? Need help figuring it out? Don’t forget […]
The latest views on air pollution and the impact it has on our health are dramatic. Just a week ago, the World Health Organization released a statement saying “Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health […] at even lower concentrations than previously understood”. This is why this month is dedicated […]
Being sporty in the city can be challenging – beyond dodging traffic, navigating crowds, and staying visible at night (to name a few)… air pollution can also have a negative impact on our health, especially when working out or playing sports. It’s important to note that the overall benefits of being active usually outweigh the […]
Air pollution is responsible for respiratory illnesses and can amplify various underlying health conditions and potentially lead to death. In Houston, a local clean air advocacy group has identified a lack of awareness about these dangers and the differences in air quality between communities and has set out to make a difference. While Houston’s air […]
Did you know that air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year? World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air that exceeds WHO guideline limits containing high levels of pollutants, with low- and middle-income countries suffering from the highest exposures. But what does this mean for […]
2020 was a tough year and the move to 2021 comes with high hopes. Here’s a look back at 10 air quality memories from 2020:
This past month has marked the end of summer and the beginning of autumn for many of us around the world. This transition has been a particularly complicated one this year with a return to school and work (or just life in general) in the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented wildfires on the west […]
Unfortunately, high levels of pollution in big cities come and go and we can’t always avoid going outside. So what should you do if you find yourself in this situation? We’ve pulled together a few critical pieces of advice to help answer this question. To begin with, avoid intense physical activities – they make you […]