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Greener, Not Cleaner: How Trees Can Worsen Urban Air Pollution

No one enjoys choking on smog, but are more trees really the answer for polluted city air? It’s not as clear-cut as you might think. Air pollution is clearly a problem for health and well-being – and as more and more people across the world move to live in megacities, they could miss out on the fresh air associated… » 8/03/15 3:45am Monday 3:45am

Wearable Air Quality Sensors Could Help Us All Breathe Easier

Imagine if you could locate the healthiest route for your afternoon jog, the fresh airiest one that would keep you from breathing the pollutants that cars barf out into the atmosphere. It might change every day as these pollutants move around. But you'd be ready, because you'd be wearing an air quality sensor. » 12/12/14 4:35pm 12/12/14 4:35pm

EPA Dress Wrinkles Up to Show it's a Bad Air Day

Currently showing at the 2nd Skin Exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium is this piece of smart clothing by designer Stephanie Sandstrom. Inside it hide a bunch of sensors that measure the nearby air quality, along with drivers that can adjust the fabric. The idea is that on bad air days the dress detects the… » 5/16/08 8:56am 5/16/08 8:56am