UN Environment Programme: World’s largest platform for air quality data launched at Tenth World Urban Forum

UN Environment Programme: World’s largest platform for air quality data launched at Tenth World Urban Forum. “The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with UN-Habitat and IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, today launched the world’s largest air quality data platform, bringing together real-time air pollution data from over 4,000 contributors, including citizens, communities, governments and the private sector to work towards healthier, more sustainable cities.”

University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database

University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database. “Researchers from the University of Washington and Michigan Technological University have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. Called the North American Wildland Fuel Database, the tool incorporates the best available measurements of vegetation in specific locations, and allows fire managers to see where information about fuels is missing altogether.”

Travel Market Report: New Website Tool Helps Tourists Navigate Regions Affected by Wildfires

Travel Market Report: New Website Tool Helps Tourists Navigate Regions Affected by Wildfires. “State tourism organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington have rolled out an enhanced website to provide travelers and advisors with up-to-date information about the ongoing wildfires. [The site] now includes webcams and real-time air-quality information at key destinations and multi-state itineraries to inform travelers who may decide to reroute road trips or seek more planning ideas for trips to the West Coast.”

The Star: U of T Indigenous-led lab creates new app for reporting pollution in Chemical Valley

The Star: U of T Indigenous-led lab creates new app for reporting pollution in Chemical Valley. “Vanessa and Beze Gray run an annual ‘Toxic Tour’ of the siblings’ childhood home — Aamjiwnaang First Nation. The 2,500 acres of ancestral land is wedged on three sides by sprawling petroleum and chemical companies that, for generations, have discharged pollutants into Canada’s Chemical Valley.”

Mongabay: New app tracks down forest fires in Bolivia

Mongabay: New app tracks down forest fires in Bolivia. “Called ‘Amazon Fires — Bolivia,” the application pulls in data on the pollutant particles that get trapped in the air above a fire from a sensor on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5 satellite. By combining that ‘aerosol’ data with recent satellite images using Google Earth Engine, app users can plot out the locations of fires in ‘near real time.'”

AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions

AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions. “How much of the Swedish chemical industry’s energy use is from renewables and how much from fuel oil? What are the global trends in fossil fuels consumption over the last decades? The new on-line World Input-Output Database (WIOD) environmental accounts, launched today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), helps to answer these, and similar questions through data on the industrial and household energy use of residents in more than 40 countries and their corresponding CO2 emissions for the period 2000-2016.”