Our air quality is under pressure. Researchers from Utrecht work on it on a daily basis. Take a look into a cross section of their research.
Strong reasons for the new WHO air quality guidelines
On 22 September 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) revised its guidelines for air quality. The conclusion is clear: the limit values for air pollution must be lowered considerably in order to prevent damage to health and mortality in humans. Gerard Hoek of Utrecht University was involved in the study leading to the new WHO guidelines.
Roel Vermeulen explains the role of air quality in his dies speech
An absolute first in our 385 year history, a Dies Natalis address given while cycling. Professor Roel Vermeulen highlights how collective research adds value to our healthy living environment. Furthermore he shows you the Air View Car. For two years, this car, fitted with advanced air quality measuring equipment by Utrecht scientists, has been driving around all the streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam to build a hyper-local, block-by-block map of air quality.
Project Air View shares hyperlocal map of air quality in Amsterdam
Air quality measurements at street level show that Amsterdam streets with heavy traffic contain up to three times more harmful particles than quieter neighborhoods with fewer cars. Utrecht University and Google, in partnership with the City of Amsterdam, are for the first time showing the unique and highly detailed maps that make research into the health effects possible.
Air pollution and health
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Air quality around livestock farms
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Air quality and climate
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Composition of the atmosphere
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Effect of air pollution on the brain
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