Sniffing out dirty local air

We’ve all heard warnings about bad air-quality days. But since those readings are usually taken from just a few monitors scattered around the city, does that tell us anything about the specific air we actually breathe? Not according to Science News, which reported on researchers at Vanderbilt University who are developing small, portable air samplers that can be carried by mail trucks, bicycle couriers, or police walking their beats to give us much more accurate local readings. Fitted with a GPS chip, each devise knows precisely where it is, and if an extensive network of them can be established, it could prove extremely useful in sniffing out dirty air, and identifying specific pollutants, where we actually breathe them.

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David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.