Summer is here, bringing with it clearer skies and certainly cleaner air. Right? Summer always seems to drive out the dense clouds of pollution that suffocate many Indian cities. However, while summer air is in fact cleaner than air during other seasons, it’s still far from safe according to the standards set by the World […]
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Delhi Winters are notoriously known for bad levels of air pollution, but we often hear that air gets cleaner come Spring. We were curious what was happening in our own backyard, so we put out our Dylos Particle Counter on a rooftop near our Saket office. The Particle Counter measures particle counts between 0.5 to 2.5 micron in size per […]
Another year, another blast of winter pollution. Breathe safe this winter! Thomas TalhelmThomas is an Associate Professor of Behavior Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the founder of Smart Air, a social enterprise to help people across the world breathe clean air without shelling out thousands of dollars for expensive purifiers.
Another year, another Beijing winter. As winter arrives to Beijing, I got to wondering: how much worse is winter air? To get to the bottom of it, I analyzed the last seven years of US Embassy PM 2.5 data. I found that the capital’s air has averaged 111 micrograms in the winter versus 92 micrograms […]
Air purifiers and air pollution are probably the last things that come to mind when thinking of Mongolia. But maybe it should be the first, given how bad the air there is. I was living in Beijing during the airpocalypse, so I decided to buy an air purifier. Then I discovered how expensive they are! The […]
My intuition has always been that air pollution is lowest at night because there are fewer cars on the road and fewer factories humming. Apparently I’m not alone: 139 voted for their guess about what time of day has the lowest PM 2.5, and night time came in first: I also know people […]
I’ve posted data before showing that outdoor air quality is strongly correlated with indoor particle counts (r = .71), but Chinese New Year gives nerds like me a great chance to see what happens when we get a momentary shock to air quality. The media made a big deal about people cutting back on fireworks this year […]