Climate Response Ireland

 Please click on the link below to see our Air Quality Monitors in Kildare

Analytics are provided by aqicn.org  which shows data collected by Air Quality Monitors in Ireland.  It shows both citizen science and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) data. You may visit this site by clicking on the button below. It is best to view this website on a computer although the smartphone view is quite acceptable.

 Particulate Matter

Particulate matter is the sum of all solid and liquid particles suspended in air many of which are hazardous. This complex mixture includes both organic and inorganic particles, such as dust, pollen, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets. These particles vary greatly in size, composition, and origin. 

Particulate matter is a contributory and causative factor for many diseases. There is even evidence that the Covid-19 and other viruses can be borne on these particles. Environmentally, this pollution is a causative factor for global warming. The following is a quote from the World Health Organisation:

“Air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year. WHO data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air that exceeds WHO guideline limits containing high levels of pollutants, with low- and middle-income countries suffering from the highest exposures. WHO is supporting countries to address air pollution.

From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate. The combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution cause about seven million premature deaths every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.”

Many scientific studies have shown that PM2.5 pollution is responsible for reduced lung function and capacity in children. This can lead to the development and exacerbation of asthma and other pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.