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AirVisual shows worldwide air pollution

The website AirVisual.com impressively shows the actual situation of the air pollution (PM 2,5) and wind directions worldwide. It does so in real-time, based on current measurements.

It is important to know about the air quality - in Amsterdam the situation has worsened lately (influenced by the weather conditions). According to a ranking by the world health organization WHO, Amsterdam is equally placed with cities like Rome and Berlin among European cities, if we look at particulated matter. But those levels are still relatively low if we compare cities on a worldwide scale.

A good overview of the situation is offered in this article in The Guardian, part of a very good series about air quality in our cities. From this information we can learn that the situation is worst in Iran, India, Saudi Arabia and China. In Europa these are Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Poland, but if we include Turkey, a number of cities from this country are positioned in the top-10.

Recent blog posts

- Friday 12 May 2017

This opinion article witten by Marleen Stikker has not yet been translated. For the moment, please turn to the Dutch version. We may provide a full translation later.

- Thursday 11 May 2017

In the current series of FabSchool (on Wednesday afternoon at the Waag) we are exploring the world of biotechnology. We went hunting for microbes with the kids!

- Tuesday 09 May 2017

Whereas the DSI (digital social innovation) policy agenda was mainly focused on the level of the European Union, we see that cities are strongest in materializing the DSI idea.

- Monday 08 May 2017

It proved more difficult to revive the first social network in The Netherlands than expected, for which are good reasons. Nevertheless, some crucial steps were taken.

- Tuesday 25 April 2017

At the Fablearn conference in Denmark we hosted a workshop on our educational programme ‘Who is the boss of the Internet?’ and presented our collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Library to develop 10 maker spaces.

- Monday 24 April 2017

Xiamyra went to Chile to visit the 'Gathering of Open Science Hardware'. She met many interesting people but actually did not see that much hardware!