LEARN IMPACT OF NEW WHO AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES FROM ONE OF THE DEVELOPERS

October 7, 2021

 

Michael Brauer
Brauer is a member of the WHO Air Quality Guideline Development Group

For the first time since 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its global air quality recommendations. A consistent, growing body of research suggests that even low levels of air pollution adversely affect health. Based on this evidence, WHO has slashed its recommended limits for six harmful air pollutants and set interim benchmarks for countries to aim for while working to eliminate leading sources of pollution, including fossil fuel and other industrial emissions. During this webinar, University of British Columbia Professor Michael Brauer, a member of the WHO Air Quality Guideline Development Group, will provide an overview of the new guidelines. Experts from the Clean Air Catalyst consortium will follow with a discussion on the implications for work to advance air pollution solutions in low- and middle-income countries. Speakers will include Environmental Defense Fund’s Ananya Roy, World Resources Institute’s Beatriz Cardenas and Vital Strategies’ Sumi Mehta.

The webinar will be helpful for policymakers, practitioners and advocates working to reduce the health- and climate-damaging pollutants that are so harmful to humans and the planet. A Q&A period from participants is included.

The virtual briefing, organized by Clean Air Catalyst, took place on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WATCH THE RECORDING HERE. Representatives of more than 30 countries participated.



  • How data can supercharge efforts to lower pollution in cities

     

    Some of the major sources of emissions that warm our planet also contribute to local air pollution in cities around the world.

    New technology is allowing us to map pollution street-by-street and share unprecedented amounts of pollution data. Environmental Defense Fund have created an interactive map of Greater London based on modelling by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants, displaying for the first time detailed information on the sources of health-harming air pollution. With a better understanding of which activities are causing pollution and where, leaders and communities can develop targeted solutions that clean the air, mitigate climate change and protect people’s health.

    In association with Climate Week NYC, please watch the discussion of key lessons from London, as well as how new efforts to leverage data are shining a light on pollution at a scale and scope across the globe like never before.

     

     

     


    China: Workshop on Blue Sky and Low Carbon Actions Empowered by New Technologies

    In 2018, the Chinese government launched its three-year action plan for securing bluer skies in China, which set out a roadmap to improve air quality and achieved rapid reductions in air pollutant concentrations nationwide. With China’s recent 14th Five-Year Plan also prioritizing air quality, what are China’s next steps in its campaign against air pollution? How can China’s carbon peaking and neutrality goals interlink with improving air quality?

    To answer these questions and more, please join us for the Workshop on Blue Sky and Low Carbon Actions Empowered by New Technologies on April 27, 2021 from 8:30am-6:30pm (Beijing time). The event will share experiences from city governments, research institutes, and companies in China and across the globe on air quality and climate initiatives, as well as promote uptake of cutting-edge technologies, scalable solutions, and effective policy for China in the next stage of its air quality campaign.

     


    Clean Air Catalyst Launch: Accelerating Clean Air Solutions to Deliver Better Health, Climate and Development Outcomes

    Watch the recorded live global webinar from Thursday, March 18, 2021 here.

    Read more about the mission of the Clean Air Catalyst

    Air pollution is the greatest environmental threat to human health – causing more than 6 million premature deaths each year and affecting nearly every organ in the body.  It has profound impacts on climate, agriculture productivity, food security, biodiversity, and economic development.  We are overdue in cleaning up the air.

    Join us to learn more about the Clean Air Catalyst, a new flagship program of USAID and a global consortium of organizations led by WRI and EDF.  We are working with communities on the frontlines of this global crisis to better understand local pollution sources and identify solutions that lead to sustained progress on cleaner, healthier air. The first two pilot cities include Indore, India and Jakarta, Indonesia. WRI Indonesia anchors the work in Jakarta.


    OpenAQ Global Community Series: Exploring Possibilities with the OpenAQ Low-cost Sensor Pilot Platform

    Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Time: 11:00-12:30pm Eastern Time Zone

    Location: virtual (register here)

    Why is low-cost sensor data important in the collective fight against air pollution? How does opening up low-cost sensor data on a global scale help shape the future of air quality data coverage and data sharing? This OpenAQ Global Community Series will offer a glimpse into the recently launched OpenAQ Low-cost Sensor Platform, an open-source data infrastructure that harmonizes diverse data sources from around the globe. We’ll be sharing OpenAQ’s motivation behind developing the platform, conducting a short demo on how to access the data on the platform, and facilitating a panel with key partners in the low-cost sensor community.

    Breathe London Blueprint Launch: How can data supercharge efforts to lower air pollution in cities?


    The evidence is clear: Dirty air is fatal and causes health inequities around the world. New technology is allowing us to map pollution street-by-street, identify hotspots and share unprecedented amounts of air quality data. The Breathe London pilot was an ambitious two-year project that measured pollution across the city using 100 lower-cost sensor ‘pods’ and specially-equipped Google Street View cars, serving as a world-leading example of how emerging technology can help accelerate clean air action.

    On February 9, 2021, we held a discussion of key lessons from the pilot project and the launch of the Breathe London Blueprint, as well as how new efforts to leverage air quality data are shining a light on pollution at a scale and scope across the globe like never before.

    Environmental Defense Fund released the Breathe London Blueprint to support your city’s future monitoring and air pollution data initiatives, and it can be found here.


    Scaling Clean Air Actions by Hyperlocal Air Quality Monitoring: Lessons Learned and Recommendations 

    Organized by the Secretariat of the Environment for Mexico City (SEDEMA-CDMX), the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (CAMe) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), this webinar shared lessons learned and recommendations from key experienced cities to successfully deploy a hyperlocal monitoring system to strengthen air quality management in the Valley of Mexico Metropolitan Area.

    MODERATOR AND WELCOMING REPRESENTATIVES

    • Sergio Sánchez, Senior Policy Director of Clean Air, Health | Environmental Defense Fund
    • Sarah Vogel, Vice President, Health | Environmental Defense Fund
    • Marina Robles, Secretary of Environment | Mexico City
    • Víctor Hugo Páramo, Executive Coordinator | Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis

    SPEAKERS 

    • Elliot Treharne, Head of Air Quality | Greater London Authority
    • Carlos Hoyos, Professor | Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad EAFIT
    • Irene Burga, Air Quality Advisor | City of Los Angeles, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability 
    • Dom Callaghan, Air Quality Officer | Glasgow City Council