How to Check the Air Quality Around the World with this Community Project
Curious about the air quality in London, Porto, or Dakar?
From Portugal to Senegal, we’re going around the world with this community project today.
Whether you have family in other parts of the world or you’re curious about the local air quality levels before a vacation, it’s important be able to check—even if you’re on the other side of the world.
And that’s what we’re focused on today.
We’re always looking at what is happening in our PurpleAir Community to see what kinds of projects individuals and organizations are working on and sharing. Together, we’re cultivating a community of scientists and empowering them with the data they need to tackle air pollution all over the world.
Of course, we’re not alone in that mission. The Local Haze app is also working to educate everyone on their local air quality.
Now, let’s see how you can monitor air quality anywhere on the planet.
What is the Local Haze App?
Local Haze is a free app available on iPhones that was created by HumanLogic. And it’s great for anyone who wants to stay informed on the air quality of their surroundings. The app uses crowdsourced data from over 29,000 publicly available air quality sensors to provide a rating about the air quality in the area.
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With this information, users can easily access and interpret the current air quality ratings displayed in an easy-to-understand app on their iPhones. Thanks to Local Haze, you can stay informed about your exposure and health risks due to dangerous levels of air pollutants like particulate matter (PM).
On top of that, Local Haze also provides additional resources like health tips, notifications when dangerous levels of pollution appear, and daily summaries on key pollutants.
How They’re Using PurpleAir Monitors for their Project
Inspired by the book, Around the World in 80 Days, Local Haze is highlighting air quality in different countries and the local communities. By sharing the local air quality readings, they’re helping to make air quality a priority around the world.
But how are they getting that data?
Well, they are using tools like PurpleAir’s real-time map that shows air quality readings 24/7. Our PurpleAir network consists of thousands of air quality monitors across the globe hosted by community members and organizations all over the globe.
Want to use PurpleAir’s API for your own projects?
PurpleAir’s data is available for anyone to use for community projects like this because we are firm believers in making data accessible for all. By staying informed, we can all work together to fight air pollution and make air quality a priority in our local communities and beyond.
While it’s true that air quality has been improving steadily for the last four decades in countries like the U.S., there is still a lot of work to be done. If we want to protect our own health and the health of those around us, we need to make sure we have high-quality air data that paints the full picture.
Thanks for including us in this important work, Local Haze! We can’t wait to see the rest of the project as it highlights air quality monitors in every part of the world.
Get Involved with PurpleAir Yourself
At PurpleAir, there are tons of community projects going on around the world. We’re thrilled to see these collaborative efforts in the PurpleAir Community, and we look forward to seeing plenty more in the future.
Are you working on a community project with PurpleAir’s air quality monitors?
We would love to hear about it. Share a post in the Community Project forum, so we can highlight your work. Together, we can make air quality accessible for everyone.