On September 1st, the iSpex-EU project was launched.  This is setting out to recruit people from cities across Europe (see the map) to monitor air pollution.  The project aims to contribute to research by encouraging people to use their mobile phones to record levels of particles and droplets known as atmospheric aerosols.

Toby Shannon, the UK co-ordinator of the International Year of Light, from London’s Institute of Physics, says:

The point of the project is to measure the concentration of very fine particles in the atmosphere and these can be from natural sources, things like forest fires or volcanic eruptions, through to manmade factors like burning diesel.”

More detail here.

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