Air Pollution: Silent Killer

120,000 Deaths in India Due to Air Pollution in 2020

Air pollution kills hundreds of people in India every day. Due pollution being a “silent” killer, most do not even grasp how much pollution affects our health. As per WHO research over 92% of people in the world is breathing unsafe air with high air pollution levels. Statistics regarding deaths … Read more

Did Delhi's Air Quality Improve In 2020?

Did Delhi’s Air Quality Improve in 2020?

How was Delhi’s air quality in 2020? Did Delhi’s air quality improve in 2020 compared to recent years? For the previous three years, Delhi has seen little improvement in air quality. Air pollution levels have hovered around 10x the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended limit for PM2.5 levels. Smart Air … Read more

2020 India Air Pollution Report: Did Air Quality Improve?

Did India’s air quality improve in 2020? How did COVID-19 affect air quality in India? Smart Air analyzed 2020 India air pollution data for five of India’s major cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad. 2020 India Air Quality Report Of the five major Indian cities analyzed in 2020, all … Read more

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The Data-Backed Most Cost-Effective Office Air Purifier

Can a simple fan and filter really make air purifiers that can clean large offices? Seven years ago, Smart Air started when PhD student Thomas strapped together a DIY air purifier to survive a polluted Beijing winter.   Founder Thomas Talhelm‘s first DIY air purifier Thomas published test data on … Read more

How Many Trees Need to Be Planted to Solve Delhi’s Air Pollution?

When Delhi’s air pollution spikes, netizens in the nation’s capital often bring up the solution of planting trees. For instance, this user on the question-answer site Quora asks “how many trees does Delhi need to combat its air pollution problem?” However, environmental research suggests that planting trees are an incredibly … Read more

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Did Delhi’s Air Pollution Drop 25% in 2019? What the Data Says

The Delhi government and Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Delhi’s PM2.5 air pollution was down 25% in 2016-2018 compared to 2012-2014.     Yet there is doubt. Thewire.in, for one, expressed skepticism about this claim.   As data-driven nerds, we wanted to let the numbers answer this question. So we dug … Read more

Did Bangalore’s Air Quality Get Better in 2018?

Analyzing air quality data from the Berkeley Earth Project, Smart Air found that Bangalore’s air quality worsened by 7% in 2018 compared to 2017. This puts Bangalore at about 4 times the World Health Organization’s annual limit.     Bangalore Air Pollution by Month Breaking down the data by month reveals … Read more

Is Beijing or Delhi Air Worse?

Beijing and Delhi often make headlines for air polluted cities, but which city has worse air? I wanted to get some hard numbers on how the two cities’ air quality compare.   The Data To do that, I analyzed PM2.5 data from the US Embassies in Delhi and government monitors … Read more

Ford Gurgaon office

Smart Air Provides Clean Air to Automobile Giant Ford

Right after moving to their new office in the Chimes building in Gurgaon, Ford India was experiencing problems with outdoor particulate pollution (PM2.5) and chemicals (VOCs) off-gassing from new furniture, carpets, paints, and other remodeling work. To tackle these problems and protect the health of their staff, Ford India reached … Read more

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