13 July 2021
The air pollution in busy streets of Amsterdam is three times as high than in streets with little traffic. This is shown by measurements taken by Google cars that were equipped with special air quality sensors.
In particular the concentration of ultrafine particles, soot and nitrogen dioxide is in busy streets much higher, due to motorized traffic. The highest concentrations of pollutants can be seen near the city's main access roads. The Dutch news outlet 'RTL Nieuws' spoke to proffessor Roel Vermeulen about project Air View; the project that aims to map out the city air quality in detail.
The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...Read More