Sources and impacts of, and countermeasures against air pollution

Jakob Smretschnig,  a master’s student of Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich supporting the Hawa Dawa software team talks about sources and impacts of, and countermeasures against air pollution. Read more

Winter in Germany

The winterly weather conditions made the difference in handling and convenience particularly obvious. While tube collectors require a lot of manual handling – including collecting them one-by-one – the Hawa Dawa solution delivers the air quality information conveniently to your desk.
This is only one of the benefits. Additionally, traditional tube collectors deliver one average value of NO2 concentration per month, whereas Hawa Dawa includes PM2.5, PM10 and O3 real-time values at any time.
And the cost? The total cost of ownership for the Hawa Dawa solution is about 50% of the tube collector’s cost.
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Do the positive effects of the Corona Lock-Down offset the health issues caused by the pandemic?

A deeper analysis for Munich

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected about 13 million people and claimed more than 550 thousand deaths worldwide by 14 July 2020. It has been reported in research that high air pollution may be “one of the most important contributors to deaths from COVID-19”. Studies show a positive correlation between particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide to health damage and, more specifically, to diseases related to the lungs like pneumonia, which makes people suffering from these ailments more susceptible to COVID 19. On the other hand, due to the lockdown measures, significant improvement in air quality has been witnessed. Read more

Cities at the Forefront of Air Quality: Interview with Karim Tarraf, CEO of Hawa Dawa

In the days of Covid-19, “air quality” is a topic in the media, too. Cities are often pioneers in pushing for improvements. Decisions must be made in complex social contexts and measures must be integrated into larger plans. Here’s an interview with Karim Tarraf, CEO of Hawa Dawa, in which he comments on the following topics:
  • How can the increasing importance of air quality data be explained?
  • Why are the available measurements and data usually insufficient?
  • What does cooperation with cities look like?

(The complete interview is available in German only)

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