Entries by Barbara Loferer

Individual citizen’s right to clean air

State liability for health damage caused by air pollution An opinion of the European Justice Court (EJC) published in May within a vote of the Advocate General defines under which conditions and criteria individual citizens can claim damages from the state. The following three primary conditions apply: 1. The limit values laid down in the […]

Advanced air monitoring system to support the California Community Air Protection Program

The California Community Air Protection Program (AB 617) focuses on reducing exposure to harmful toxic air emissions in communities most impacted by air pollution. These disadvantaged communities are typically located in mixed residential-industrial areas. Collecting air quality data across these communities is crucial for impactful and fact-based decisions. Therefore, technology for Community Monitoring Networks needs […]

The air measurement network in Mainz continues to operate

A comprehensive base of environmental data as a basis for eco-sensitive measures Hawa Dawa is entering the third year of Mainz’s sensor-based air measurement network with Mainzer Netze GmbH. The monitoring network in Mainz will create one of the most comprehensive urban collections of environmental information. By continuing to operate the measurement network and making […]

Climate Justice – a topic no longer to be ignored

One of the most urgent aspects of climate action is environmental justice. At the ChangeNOW event in Paris, an entire session was dedicated to the fact that the people, who have the least impact on climate change, are the ones who are impacted the most – as the moderator, Lovelda Vincenzi, put it. The panel‘s […]

When regulations become real citizen benefits

Proven regulatory-grade accuracy of the digital method of measuring air quality opens up new opportunities for public services Hawa Dawa has been confirmed by TÜV Süd to apply a digital measurement method, which is suitable for carrying out measurements according to the German Federal Immission Control Act (39th BImSchV – the German national legislation enforcing […]

European Environment Agency presents the report on the state of air quality

In its report published in April, the European Environment Agency (EEA) presents air pollution levels by pollutant in 2020 and 2021. Pollutant concentrations are presented in relation to EU air quality standards and WHO guidelines. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already adjusted its recommendations significantly downwards in autumn 2021, considering the latest research findings […]

Earth Day 2022 – get active now!

This year’s „Earth Day“, officially named „Mother Earth Day“, is the first one celebrated within the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction. […]