Do Air Pollution Levels Influence COVID-19 Mortality Risk?

While the world has focused its full attention on the current coronavirus outbreak, other issues we were concerned about regarding our health might currently seem almost irrelevant to many of us. However, there is one factor that shouldn’t be ignored – potentially not even when looking at survival rates of COVID-19: air pollution.

While it is too early to clearly analyse the factors that affect survival rates of COVID-19 in different regions of the world, there is a fair amount of evidence that promotes the hypothesis that air pollution levels could play a significant role. Read more

Italian Scientists Discover a Correlation between Air Pollution (Particular Matter) and the Rapid Spread of the Corona Virus in Northern Italy

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What we should learn for air quality from measures to curb the Corona virus


In his article published in Ends Europe, Richard Weyndling cites European experts as well as health and environmental activists who agree that the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on air quality in Europe demonstrates the case for tougher action on pollution.

Greenpeace Spain yesterday published data showing that NO2 levels in Barcelona and Madrid have fallen significantly since restrictions on movement were put in place on 15 March. The average NO2 level from monitoring stations across Madrid, for example, fell from over 60 µg/m3 on 10 March to 15 µm/m3 a week later.

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Sustainability Goes beyond Green Tech


In her article in “Wirtschaft & Ethik” Dr.-Ing. Heba Aguib, Chief Executive RESPOND Accelerator, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, shares her thoughts on the compatibility of sustainabilty and economy. She refers to the seventeen sustainabilty objectives agreed on in  the Agenda 2030 by the United Nations: Read more

Use of Low-Cost Air Quality Monitoring Devices for Assessment of Road Transport Related Emissions


In their study, which has been published in Science Direct, Nihan Celikkaya, Matthew Fullerton (Hawa Dawa) and Birgit Fullerton (Hawa Dawa), the focus was to see overall trends and sensor reactions to the changes in background air pollutant concentrations, wind speeds and traffic volumes:
Comprehensive information on air quality is very important for development and assessment of air pollution reduction measures, especially for urban areas facing these problems. Such information is useful not only for monitoring of air quality levels but also for validation of air quality modelling tools. These tools are used, among many application fields, to assess road transport related air pollution as well as to investigate impacts of traffic management measures. Today, in addition to high precision monitoring stations in the cities, there are several low-cost monitoring devices available which can provide additional information on a larger area with less costs. This paper investigates the utilization of such devices as an additional data source for air quality assessment through a case study in the city of Munich and focuses on PM10 measurements.
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