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Could green roofs help curb city winter air pollution crisis?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Dec 12, 2016 4:05:19 PM

Paris is constantly entering into its emergency measures as the city struggles with exceptionally high air pollution levels. Controls on vehicles, free public transport and advice to limit intense sports and avoid large traffic sites at time of high circulation are just some of the measures being taken by the French government to protect residents from the effect of the most prolonged air pollution in the last ten years.

Paris is not the only one; Athens, Madrid and Ljubljana are just some of the Europeans cities currently taking urgent steps to control growing air pollution; a problem which according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is set to cause as many as nine million premature deaths a year around the world in the next four decades. And the World Health Organisation (WHO) has described this problem as the “world’s largest single environmental health risk”.

Unfortunately, reducing the emission of new air pollutants does not remove those that are already in the air.

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Topics: Heat island effect (UHI), air pollution, LEED, BREEAM, EPD

Air pollution and why green roofs are a breath of fresh air

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jan 11, 2016 4:30:06 PM

From Beijing to Bangkok and from Los Angeles to London air pollution is killing millions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that more than three million people die every year as a result of air pollution and has described the problem as the “world’s largest single environmental health risk”.

WHO says that tackling the sources of this pollution — such as emissions from traffic, manufacturing and power production — should be an international priority.

Unfortunately, reducing the emission of new air pollutants does not remove those that are already in the air.

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Topics: air pollution