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. WATCH: Fixing India’s Air Pollution Problem 2020 India Air Quality Report Of the five major … Read more

Delhi People Outdoor Excercise

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

Dyson Pure Cool air Purifier Tower CADR Review

Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier Review: Shockingly Bad

Dyson’s Pure Cool air purifier looks impressive. However a review of its clean air rating (CADR) reveals this filter does a poor job of providing clean air – the Dyson TP05 Pure Cool’s CADR comes in at just 164m3/hr. That means the Dyson Pure Cool air purifier out as much … 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

Mumbai During Lockdown

COVID-19 Lockdown Slashes PM2.5 in India’s 6 Biggest Cities

Recent news reported that the coronavirus lockdown is causing dramatic reduction in air pollution across India due to coronavirus lockdown. This is good news for lungs across the subcontinent, since Indian cities often make news as some of the most polluted in the world. Some cities average PM2.5 ten times … Read more

Did India’s Air Improve in 2019?

A Smart Air analysis of new air quality data found that pollution improved in 2019 in all major cities in india. Small PM2.5 particles in the air decreased from 2018 to 2019 by as much as 15.5%. Delhi Air Quality Even though all cities saw pollution decrease, Delhi saw just … Read more

Do kid's air pollution masks really work on children

How Effective Are Kid’s Masks at Filtering Air Pollution?

As cities like Delhi, Beijing and Manila face toxic levels of air pollution, people are rushing to find effective pollution masks, particularly kid’s masks. But there’s a problem. Children’s faces are different from adults’. Add to that, children are constantly growing, meaning that the mask that fit last year might … 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

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