Hawa Dawa Blog

Shockwave from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano measured in Germany – an examplary event to think about

Our air knows no boundaries and it is quite exhilarating to see that the shockwaves produced by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano eruption almost 16.800km away were measured by our instruments deployed around Frankfurt (see chart). The shockwave travelled almost 16 hours. Not only that, but it seems that the same shockwave travelled around the […]

Air pollution can significantly increase the risk of dementia?!

To live, we need the air to breathe. Clean air is essential for a healthy life. An adult human breathes about 7.5 litres of air per minute. Only healthy air keeps people and nature healthy. Air pollution has been shown to cause lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, asthma, heart disease and strokes.

Fireworks sales ban: Low particulate matter levels at the turn of the year 2021/2022 in Germany

As in the previous year, the sale and lighting of fireworks and firecrackers on New Year’s Eve were restricted or banned nationwide due to the Corona pandemic. The level of particulate matter in Munich and other cities, which is harmful to health, was pleasingly low at the turn of 2021/2022. Like last year, the maximum […]

The Road from Glasgow to Sharm El-Sheikh: Combating Climate Change

On Saturday, January 8, the 4th edition of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh started. This six-day event has the mission to bring together youth from around the world and the decision-makers and different influential officials. The forum is a chance for you to engage with top policy-makers in the region and network with […]

Children’s right to clean air: children in particular suffer from air pollution in many ways – an overview

Access to clean air has recently been recognised as a human right but is not yet part of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. More than 29 000 children around the world have now called for their right to clean air to be recognised as part of the Freedom to Breathe campaign, […]

Forego fireworks for good air on New Year’s Eve? How does particulate matter affect health?

At the end of the year, there is a regular discussion about whether fireworks should be dispensed with on New Year’s Eve or whether they should even be officially banned. This year, the discussion was additionally fuelled by the situation with Corona and the ban last year, which was mainly due to Corona.

German Government’s coalition agreement 2021-2025: What can be the impact on environment and climate?

„Wir wollen die Potentiale der Digitalisierung für mehr Nachhaltigkeit nutzen“ – so beginnt der Abschnitt zu „Nachhaltigkeit in der Digitalisierung“ im Koalitionsvertrag von der SPD, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen und FDP. Die 17 Globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele der Vereinten Nationen (SGD) sollen Richtschnur der Regierungspolitik sein und Klimaschutz soll zu einer Querschnittaufgabe werden.

Digitisation, Climate Protection and Sustainability: Chances and Challenges for Cities

Martin Montag, Head of Sales Public Sector, discussed the topic “opportunities of digitisation” in the course of the network meeting “Junge Bürgermeiter*innen”. It is an exciting topic, as municipalities face many challenges and opportunities at the interface of climate protection, sustainability, and digitisation. Here are some spotlights on the topic:

27 000 preventable premature deaths in Germany

At the beginning of this week, all major media reported 300 000 premature deaths due to particulate matter pollution in 2019 within the EU (e.g., Spiegel or Süddeutsche Zeitung). This news refers to a communication of the European Environment Agency (EEA), which certifies in principle a positive development of air quality in Europe, but also […]

Background to Climate and Climate Change

Climate “Climate change is the greatest threat of the future. Every state must cooperate in combating the causes and mitigating the consequences.” (Klaus Töpfer) The word climate comes from Greek and essentially means “inclination” or “curvature”. It does not mean the inclination of the Earth’s axis but the curvature and coherence of the Earth itself. […]

Hawa Dawa measurements as part of the official Bavarian Project Network on ultrafine particles in Regensburg

Hawa Dawa deploys a measuring system based on the Sentience air measuring devices and analytical data preparation within a Bavarian project network in Regensburg. In the epidemiological subproject of the BayUFP project network, the long-term health consequences of ultrafine particles are investigated in particular based on data from the NAKO health study. The data collected […]

The mouse sniffs clean air: Hawa Dawa at the “Door Opener Day” of the show “Sendung mit der Maus”

As part of the WDR campaign “Hallo Zukunft #mitdermaus” (Hello Future), Hawa Dawa opened the doors to Munich children and their accompanying persons who wanted to find out more about “clean air”. With around 30 children, the event was fully booked, and all mouse fans were able to inform themselves in detail about the questions […]