Airly presents popular holiday destinations based on air pollution levels.
As holiday season takes off and people head for popular coastlines and cities, cleantech business Airly has analysed and ranked the most attractive holiday destinations in Europe based on their air pollution levels, something people should be mindful of when travelling.
Using sensors, Airly provides accurate, ultra-local, predictive data for governments, media and businesses to tackle the issue of air pollution head-on. Airly’s platform acts as a warning system for pollution at street level and in real time with greater accuracy and at lower cost for cities & enterprises.
Analysis of PM pollution at holiday-destination European coastlines: Particulate Matter (PM) – this group of air pollutants refers to solid particles that appear as a result of mixing the droplets present in the air with soot, dust, and mineral elements. It can have a natural origin – for example, wildfires or volcanic eruptions. However, the majority of particulate matter emissions come from burning processes. These can be small enough to get in the human bloodstream and reach organs. This illustration below reveals air pollution levels in summer months at European coasts, darker color = higher pollution.
Ranking of the top 5 cleanest coast regions in Europe (averaged data for 2020 summer months, Jun-Aug 2020)
Ranking of the top 5 polluted coast regions in Europe (averaged data for 2020 summer months, Jun-Aug 2020)
*CAQI-PM – It is a number on a scale from 0 to 100, and the higher the number the worse the air quality is.
The key insights:
Analysis of NO2 pollution in popular holiday-destination European cities
Nitrogen Dioxide or NO2 is a toxic air pollutant gas whose main source is emissions from road transport. It damages immune system cells in the lungs and causes increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. It can make asthmatics more sensitive to allergens.
Airly also analysed NO2 levels in the summer months of frequently visited holiday-destination cities in Europe. The illustration below indicates air pollution hotspots and the table below explains concentration of NO2 in µg/m3. It should be noted that air pollution (in summer months) caused by toxic gases is more apparent owing to greater exposure from sun radiation (concentrations of Ozone are highest in at this time of the year). NO2 air pollution in the top ranked polluted city (NO2 33.8µg / m3) does not exceed the annual EU standard (40 µg / m3).
Founded in 2016, Airly is a cleantech startup that provides ultra-local, accurate, predictive air quality data to help tackle air pollution globally. Airly enables governments, companies and individuals to reduce air pollution globally. Airly’s customers comprise over 600 local governments and cities including Hong Kong, Jakarta, Oslo, Granada, corporates such as Philips, Virgin, Innogy, PwC, Veolia and Skanska.
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