Fighting together for clean air
A BASIC RIGHT. A SHARED COMMITMENT
We seek to ensure that Sóller is a place where everyone can breathe easily. Our mission is to protect public health and improve air quality. We believe clean, safe air is a right and we believe that informed citizens are key to guaranteeing that right
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what do we measure?
How to use the map
Each hexagon represents an air quality sensor or a group of air quality sensors, depending on how closely you zoom. When you zoom out, the hexagon may contain many sensors. When you zoom in, the hexagon will represent one single sensor.
The hexagons represent the median of the current values of the sensors which are contained in the area (either one or many), according to the option selected (PM10, PM2.5, temperature, relative humidity, pressure, AQI). You can refer to the scale on the left side of the map.
The colurs indicate levels of air quality.
By clicking on a hexagon, you can display a list of all the corresponding sensors (either one or many) as a table. The first column lists the sensor-IDs. By clicking on the plus symbol next to a sensor ID, you can display two graphics: the individual measurements for the last 24 hours and the 24 hours floating mean for the last seven days. The values are refreshed every 5 minutes.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is calculated according to the recommendations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Further information is available on the official page.(Link). Hover over the AQI scale to display the levels of health concern.
Sóller per l’Aire
We can live three weeks without food, three days without water – but only three minutes without air. Every day we breathe in between 11,000 and 15,000 litres of air yet, by and large , most of us are less concerned about the quality of our air than, say, our food and water. We take our air for granted– it’s always there. And the hazardous contaminants, such as fine particulate matter, are invisible. Making things worse is the fact that we rarely have real-time data on our exposure to polluted air.
Our mission is to engage the community as we fight to protect public health, to measure and improve air quality at a hyperlocal level – neighborhood by neighborhood – and help in the fight against climate change.
‘Every day we breathe in between 11,000 and 15,000 litres of air’
Making the invisible visible. Step One in the fight for clean air must be to measure and quantify the quality of the air that we breathe
Robust engagement with the community is critical when creating thoughtful, responsive, and impactful clean air solutions
We seek to help people interpret air quality information and help them understand the importance of this issue in their lives
A vital part of our work is educating decision-makers and the public on and clean air practices and air pollution solutions.
Get the apps!
We don’t yet have our own app, but we highly recommend downloading one or both of these. Both have unique features and allow you to track air quality in real time. Both are also available in English, though not yet in Catalan or Castellano. We hope to fix this soon.
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Using sensor data, we regularly write up reports on the state of air quality in Sóller. Our most immediate goals are to identify the problem of air pollution and assess how serious it might be.
Cold days, low wind and zero rain make for a perfect storm January’s data from the new network of air quality monitors tell a story of contrasts. The air quality, as a 24-hour average, was good on 8 days and reasonably good on 10 days. But air quality was unfavorable...
Scaling solutions to a global challenge
Conventional air pollution management commonly relies on a few sparsely located monitors. Hyperlocal monitoring can provide a more holistic picture by filling in a gap in places where data is not available.
Taking measures: the first step to better air
EU citizens have a legal right to clean air. But the notion that we have a right to clean air depends on the availability of accurate air quality data. Because air pollution is hard to see, it’s often hard for us to grasp the scale of the problem or to pinpoint sources and trends to develop effective solutions. New sensor technology is changing that dynamic, allowing us to measure and map pollution concentrations street by street across our community and identify patterns and hotspots like never before.
Borrow a portable monitor
We have four handheld monitors available that you may borrow to take measurements near your home or at a specific location.
Just contact us for details.
Install a monitor in your home or business
Help us complete our community network. Our monitors are cheap (around 50 euros) and easy to install. All you need is somewhere to plug it in and a WiFi signal.
Just get in touch for more details.
Air pollution: the basics
Air pollution is harmful to human health, and its impacts — increased hospital visits, missed work and school days — are frequent reminders that its risks are real and personal. Moreover, these risks are highest for some of the most vulnerable populations: children, the elderly, and people with already compromised respiratory systems.
The burning of farm waste, wood-burning stoves and vehicles
Fine particulate matter and ozone
IMPACT ON HEALTH
Exposure to air pollution can contribute to asthma, heart disease, respiratory diseases and cancer
IMPACT ON ECOSYSTEMS
Air pollution contributes to acid rain and climate change, and can negatively impact agriculture
A RIGHTS ISSUE
Both the UN and the EU champion our right to clean air. What’s more we have a right to information on the air we breathe
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