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Better air quality monitoring needed – PCE

John Kerr posted in on March 5th, 2015.

New Zealand air quality is good but could be better, says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, calling on the government to change the way it measures air quality.  Commissioner Dr Jan Wright discussed the state of New Zealand’s air quality in her commentary on the Government’s 2014 Air Domain Report, released today. “The state of […]

WHO air quality report in the news

John Kerr posted in on May 8th, 2014.

A global update on air quality in cities around the world has shown that most — but not all — New Zealand centres meet international safety standards The new database, released yesterday by the WHO covers 1600 cities across 91 countries – 500 more cities than the previous report(2011), revealing that more cities worldwide are […]

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Car occupants exposed to more pollution than cyclists

John Kerr posted in on July 30th, 2013.

Ongoing research at the University of Canterbury has found that the air inside cars contains more pollutants than the air cyclists breathe on the street. Researchers measured traffic pollution whilst travelling via different transport modes in Auckland and Christchurch. Their latest results, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, found that, in a standard morning commute […]

WHO double data mix up

John Kerr posted in on September 30th, 2011.

This week the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a global survey of urban air quality, but the figures for New Zealand have caused more than a bit of confusion. The survey collected PM10 values from official sources in over 1000 cities from around the globe. PM10 values are a measure of air pollution, standing for […]

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Air Quality at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Peter Griffin posted in on August 6th, 2008.

With the 2008 Olympic Games fast approaching, some in the media are raising the issue of Beijing’s air quality and the likelihood it will impact athletes’ performance: Radio New Zealand News: Haze over Beijing TVNZ One News: Hazy skies cover Beijing Reuters: Even with “blue skies”, is Beijing’s air safe? Others are downplaying the pollution […]

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