Bangladesh & Dhaka Air Quality – 2020 Update

Reports of Dhaka and Bangladesh’s air pollution being the ‘worst’ in the world feature often in the news. But how much of a problem is air pollution in Bangladesh and Dhaka, really? This article provides an overview of Bangladesh’s air pollution: how bad is Bangladesh and Dhaka’s air pollution and … Read more

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What Time of Day Is Air Pollution Lowest in India?

When Smart Air polled people about what time of day air pollution is lowest, the most popular answer was the early morning, before the morning rush hour. But how accurate are our intuitions? To get to the bottom of it, Smart Air analyzed thousands of hours of PM2.5 data from … Read more

Why are air purifiers so expensive

Why are Air Purifiers so Expensive?

I thought about why air purifiers cost a lot because I was living in Beijing when the (first) “airpocalypse” struck. Here’s what it looked like: The High Price of Air Purifiers I went out to buy an air purifier, and found that the one I wanted cost $2,000! I worked … Read more

India winter high unsafe PM2.5 pollution levels compared with summer

Here’s Why Winter Air Quality in India Is so Bad

Winter air quality in India is hazardous, with PM2.5 pollution levels reach more than 10 times the World Health Organization’s annual limit. Hazy skies and pollution alerts have become the norm during India’s winters. But just why is this? Analyzing India’s Summer & Winter Pollution Levels Data analyzed by Smart … Read more

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Do N95 Masks Deprive Us of Oxygen?

Wearing masks for hours on end has led some people to worry about whether N95 masks deprive us of oxygen. Scientists have actually made people wear N95 masks and measured their blood oxygen. So we have a solid answer to this question, and it’s not what this question assumes. This … Read more

Are HEPA Filters Harmful to Health

Are Fibers From HEPA Filters Harmful to Health?

HEPA filters have caused controversy over concerns that they might shed tiny fibers and be harmful to health. But the latest scientific studies have shown HEPA filters are safe and found no evidence of harm. Possible shedding fibers have made some people afraid of HEPA filters and question “are HEPA … Read more

Best material fabric for making DIY masks to capture viruses

What Are the Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?

With masks sold out during the coronavirus outbreak, many people will have to make do with what some scientists have called “the last resort”: the DIY mask. Data shows that DIY and homemade masks are effective at capturing viruses. But if forced to make our own mask, what material is … Read more

Hong Kong’s Air Quality Might Not Be as Good as You Think

Hong Kong doesn’t come to mind when people think of air pollution. However, the data tells a different story–one that has important implications for Hong Kongers’ health. Hong Kong’s Air Pollution in Numbers I just analyzed data on Hong Kong’s pollution data and found that PM2.5 averaged 30 micrograms in 2018. … Read more

Do Air Purifiers Remove PM2.5?

When I was coughing through Beijing’s airpocalypse and thinking about buying an air purifier, I wanted to know something first–do air purifiers really remove PM2.5?     I wondered because I saw lots of air purifier tests on pollen, but pollen is generally 10 microns or larger, whereas I was … Read more

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