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Plastic snowfall in the Alps
Nanoplastic in the environment In a new study, Empa researcher Dominik Brunner, together with colleagues from Utrecht University and the Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics, is investigating how much plastic is trickling down on us from the atmosphere. … Continue reading
Air pollution body to crack down on black carbon
The convention on air pollution is due to issue voluntary measures this week to curb black carbon emissions. The convention on air pollution will be meeting from 6 to 8 December in Geneva, where it will adopt guidelines on how … Continue reading
Swiss air pollution exceeds new WHO guidelines
On 22 September 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) adjusted its healthy guidelines for key air pollutants. Switzerland now regularly exceeds maximum guidelines for several pollutants. According to WHO, exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 7 million premature … Continue reading
Skies and snow turn orange as massive Saharan Dust load spreads across south-central Europe this weekend
A massive amount of Saharan Dust has advected across the Mediterranean into central Europe this weekend, thanks to the favorable pattern turning the jet stream into southerly directions. High dust concentrations have turned skies and snow to orange across southern … Continue reading
Potentially harmful aerosols concentrate in European urban centres
Atmospheric particles that increase levels of cellular oxidants when inhaled might be especially harmful. An analysis reveals which emissions should be limited to minimize the potential adverse health effects of such particles in Europe. The inhalation of outdoor airborne particles … Continue reading
Stringent exhaust gas tests for cars in Europe
As of October 2017, newly launched car models will have to pass more stringent exhaust gas tests in the EU and in Switzerland. The new test method includes measuring drives in actual traffic. Empa already tested currently available cars with … Continue reading
London’s quality of life ranking slips over pollution and traffic
London has slipped down a list of the best cities in the world for quality of life due to high levels of traffic and pollution. The capital placed 40th in the 19th annual Mercer Quality of Life Survey. London was … Continue reading
How are cities around the world tackling air pollution?
More cycling, better public transport and car bans – cities from Delhi to Zurich are using a range of initiatives to lower traffic pollution and improve health Paris Paris bans cars in many historic central districts at weekends, imposes odd-even … Continue reading