air pollution

  • Plume Labs’ Flow is an air quality tracker to avoid pollution

    Plume Labs’ Flow is an air quality tracker to avoid pollution

    Just when you thought wearables were dead, Plume Labs is coming up with an interesting wearable device focused on tracking pollution around you. It’s a sort of Fitbit for air quality. The Flow tracker works both inside and outside and could be particularly useful if you live in a polluted city. It tracks particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, ozone, volatile organic compounds… Read More

  • Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio and scientist Katharine Hayhoe talk climate change at SXSL

    Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio and scientist Katharine Hayhoe talk climate change at SXSL

    At an SXSL panel on Monday, President Obama, actor, environmentalist and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio and scientist Katharine Hayhoe discussed climate change and what we can possibly due to curb it. Hayhoe, who is the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, and CEO of ATMOS Research & Consulting, helps organizations like airports and public water utilities… Read More

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    Artveoli combines algae and microfluidics to generate fresh air indoors

    Artveoli combines algae and microfluidics to generate fresh air indoors

    Artveoli is a biotech startup that’s building an air purifying device that aims to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen in indoor environments by harnessing the photosynthetic properties of algae. The startup is officially launching at TechCrunch Disrupt New York. Read More

  • Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets

    Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets

    Tesla today shared details of how effective its particulate filters are. Spoiler alert: They are so good, not only do they clean up the air inside the car, they make the world outside the car cleaner, too. It may not be obvious why this matters: The company is aiming squarely at a very specific type of customer, which may be the company’s way into markets like China and… Read More

  • Atmotube Is A Tiny Pollution Sensor That Clears Up What’s In The Air You Breathe

    Portable air quality tracker Atmotube aims to be the Waze for air quality tracking in your city. The device is a tiny tube that you can carry around in your pocket or put on a key chain to monitor the air in your environment. Atmotube links to a smartphone app that tells you if the air you are breathing is toxic. It measures a number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and… Read More

  • CubeSensors Releases Three New Cube Sensors To Keep You Safe And Dry

    CubeSensors Releases Three New Cube Sensors To Keep You Safe And Dry

    Original participants in our world-famous(TM) Hardware Battlefield, the folks at CubeSensors are back with three new devices that promise to make our lives a bit better. The original CubeSensors were little boxes containing a few environmental sensors. These let you know how much nasty stuff was in your air – particulate matter and the like – and systems of measuring temperature… Read More

  • Let’s Talk About Uber, Congestion And Urban Air Quality

    Let’s Talk About Uber, Congestion And Urban Air Quality

    The U.K. government’s Department for Transport (DfT) has released updated statistics on the number of taxis and private hire vehicles operating in England — which shows a marked increased in the latter since 2013. In case you were wondering, ride sharing service Uber soft-launched in London in summer 2012. Coincidence? I’d wager not. Read More

  • Hovensa Petroleum Refinery To Pay $5.3 Million Fine, Invest $700 Million In Pollution Controls

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today that Hovensa LLC — a joint venture between Hess Corporation and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. — will pay a civil penalty of more than $5.3 million, and spend more than $700 million in new pollution controls as part of a settlement resulting from a complaint about Clean Air Act violations… Read More