09:08 08 Aug 2022

Five cities in Ukraine's west to launch air quality stations

The Ukrainian development team of LUN City AIR will install devices to measure air quality in cities in the west of Ukraine. They will provide stations to cities for free. Now residents of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Uzhgorod, Khmelnytskyi, and Chernivtsi can apply to install a station in their location.

The LUN City AIR team has a network of air quality stations in Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa. The stations were developed thanks to their cooperation with Shevchenko Kyiv National University scientists. The devices measure the concentration of ultrafine particles, PM 1, PM 2.5, PM 10, as well as temperature, humidity, and pressure. Thanks to this, the city residents are informed about air pollution due to car emissions and significant fires.

In Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Uzhgorod, Khmelnytskyi, and Chernivtsi, the stations will be installed for free by volunteer citizens who want to help with air quality monitoring and who are interested in technical innovations. To apply to install a station outside your window, you need to fill out the form https://forms.gle/Qv41twPFkHp3EGFXA. The application will be considered, and the station will be provided if the location is suitable.

You can follow the indicators of the stations in real-time on the interactive map and in Telegram and Viber bots.

"During the war, we must record all of russia's crimes, particularly environmental ones. Our system will help. Besides, air quality is always essential because polluted air aggravates and provokes cardiovascular, lung, respiratory diseases, and even harms mental health," Anna Denysenko, curator of LUN City AIR, comments.

The launch of the networks is planned for autumn 2022.

Earlier, Rubryka reported that SaveEcoBot shows the number of fire outbreaks in the regions over the past 24 hours on a separate page of their website. It collects data from the FIRMS system from NASA every hour, analyzes fires specifically on the territory of Ukraine, counts their number, and puts them on a fire map.

Also, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine announced that it had launched the EcoZagroza official resource and mobile application with data on threats to the environment and the opportunity to report environmental crimes of the occupiers. The press service noted that with the help of the application, you could report the facts of ecological crimes against the environment if you have witnessed them.

It was reported that activists from Kryvyi Rih were launching an educational course on air quality monitoring. During training, students will learn about the impact of harmful substances on health, sources, and the most common causes of pollution, to understand who and how exactly pollutes the air in the region and what to do in case of pollution.

Previously, researchers identified eight cities in Ukraine that are the best in terms of air quality and mobility. Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kamianets-Podilskyi, and Tetiiv became the best cities in Ukraine regarding air quality. According to the criterion of sustainable mobility, Lviv, Chernihiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Drohobych are the best. These are the results of the all-Ukrainian competition "The Best City," organized by the NGO Ecodia.

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