GreenAnts App – Italia

Puoi essere il primo a provare una nuova app per monitorare la qualità dell’aria  controllata direttamente dai cittadini

Abbiamo bisogno del tuo aiuto per provare la nostra GreenAnt app e del tuo contributo per  svilupparla! 

Conosci le conseguenze sulla qualità dell’aria prodotte dai nostri quotidiani spostamenti  nelle nostre città ? Ora, per la prima volta , potrai saperlo.

GreenAnt è  un app gratuita per smartphone  (sistemi Apple e Android) associata ad una piattaforma web che ti consente  di diventare un cittadino consapevole.  Attraverso l’ utilizzo delle  informazioni  monitorate dal tuo e altrui  mezzi di trasporto .  Utilizzando i dati del tuo GPS, devi semplicemente lasciare attiva la app mentre viaggi per la tua città.

Raccogliendo i dati forniti dai tuoi amici e colleghi, puoi usare la app come mezzo per migliorare la salute del tuo staff o dei tuoi concittadini. Più cittadini contribuiscono alla raccolta dei dati, e più  ricco sarà il quadro delle informazioni che costruiremo sulla qualità  dell’aria  nella città in oggetto. Rendendo visibile l’invisibile, possiamo cominciare  a cambiare il modo in cui viaggiamo.

Inserisci i dati che hai raccolto sul sito   – https://greenant.nilu.no/  e scarica la app con i sistemi di download di Apple oppure di  Android.

Le istruzioni video su come utilizzare  l’app sono disponibili su Youtube (oppure vedi il depliant allegato). Segui i link

Passaggi 1 e  2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTt0IYn3Rwk

Passaggio 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsyrAsqNF4

ClairCity Skylines



It’s time to save your skyline!

ClairCity Skylines is a unique policy-making strategy game where you are the mayor, you make the rules, and only you have the power to unlock a successful clean-air future for your city.

Visit areas representing environment, economy, health, and satisfaction. Collect ideas for city policies that you think sound good, then visit city hall to turn them into law.

Policies you create will have consequences for your city and citizens, and you must unlock a clean-air future in less than fifty years. but be careful! If your city goes bankrupt, gets too polluted or if your citizens get too unwell or unhappy with their lot in life it’ll be game over!

The app is available for download for each of our five partner cities: Amsterdam, Aveiro, Bristol, Ljubljana and Sosnowiec.

By playing this game, your anonymous policy making decisions will contribute to the ClairCity.eu research project for air pollution and policymaking.  Download the app for Android or Apple now!

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GreenAnts App

Be the first to test a new, citizen-led air quality managament app!

We need your help to test out our Green Ant app and contribute to its development!

Ever wondered how our travel journeys impact your city’s air quality? Now, for the first time, you can.

Green Ant is a free app for mobiles (Apple and Android) alongside a web system that allows you to become a citizen scientist, through monitoring your own and others’ transport activities. Utilising GPS data, you simply let the app run in the background while you get around the city.

Collect data with friends, colleagues, or use as a tool to improve the health of your staff or fellow citizens. The more citizens there are collecting data, the richer the picture we can build about air quality in the city. By making visible the invisible, we can begin to make changes to how we travel.

Log your data collection area online – https://greenant.nilu.no/ and download the app for Apple or Android.

For video instructions on how to play, check out our YouTube videos (or flyer, attached):

Step 1 and 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTt0IYn3Rwk

Step 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsyrAsqNF4

By taking part, you will be contributing to the EU’s largest citizen science research project on air pollution reduction in cities!

Your data will help you and fellow citizens to improve air quality locally

Your feedback is critical, allowing us to improve the usability of the App before its official launch.

Genova City Day

Il 25 ottobre a Genova, nell’ambito del Festival della scienza si è svolto il city day del progetto.

Nel corso dell’evento, il vicedirettore della Direzione ambiente della Liguria e l’assessore all’ambiente hanno descritto la situazione della Liguria ed il direttore tecnico di Techne Consulting ha svolto una presentazione del progetto e dei risultati ottenuti fino ad ora nel coinvolgimento dei cittadini e dei portatori di interesse.

Sono stati inoltre premiati i migliori cortometraggi realizzati dai cittadini sulla mobilità sostenibile ed il vincitore della competizione scolastica “La mia città, la mia scuola, la mia casa”, promossi nell’ambito del progetto.

Why business as usual is just not good enough

ClairCity has been modelling emissions scenarios for each of their partner cities across Europe to figure out whether they are on track to meet air quality and carbon emission targets. Ahead of the Global Strike for Climate on September 20th and Zero Emissions Day on September 21st, we speak with our head modeller Kris Vanherle from TML in Belgium about ‘business as usual’ and whether that is enough for a future with clean air.

 

Why business as usual is not enough
Example of emissions modelling, showing how current pledges (business as usual) will almost certainly exceed 2° C warming. Source: World bank (2012). Turn down the heat. Why a 4˚C warmer world should be avoided.

 

So what is business as usual?

A business as usual (BAU) scenario is used as a benchmark to assess the impact of new policy measures in alternative emissions scenarios. Typically, the BAU scenario takes a central/conservative estimate of technological changes. Most importantly, they ONLY considers confirmed policy measures taken in the past that have a prolonged effect in the future.

A typical example in the case of air quality is emission standards of new cars (the so-called EURO-standards). While this policy measure is fully implemented, the impact takes some time to come into full effect because of the slow pace of vehicle replacement.

Apart from policy measures, a BAU scenario typically takes a central/conservative estimate in new technological evolutions – think electric vehicles. As well as a central/conservative estimate in non-technical trends such as population growth and/or Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. For variations in key trends it is possible to produce a range of figures, or a “bandwidth” for an expected future without further policy action.

 

What has your modelling revealed in ClairCity?

When assessing the BAU scenario in the ClairCity project, we’ve found that air quality will improve over time. This is due to existing policy measures coming into full effect, in combination with generic technological trends. These trends include the uptake of electric vehicles and lower domestic energy demand with new building techniques.

However, air pollution is not solved in full in the BAU scenario, which means that people will continue to suffer the health impacts. Even zero-emission electric vehicles cannot solve the problem due to particulate matter emitted from tyre and brake wear and tear. Moreover, the pace of improvement is slow and will continue to lead to exceedances of EU air quality limits in the immediate future. This leads to a twofold challenge: how to solve the immediate issue of exceedances of air quality standards; and how to develop new measures to improve air quality in the long-run.

 

What do you recommend we do about this?

On the basis of ClairCity findings, we recommend further (policy) action at two levels. Firstly, to ensure air quality is within current standards for human health, we need strong action to reduce pollution levels immediately. Examples of effective measures to address this are restricting access for polluting cars in city centres or banning the use of solid fuels for residential heating (and actually enforcing the ban!).

Secondly, action is also needed in the long-term as it is expected air quality standards will tighten further as evidence mounts for the adverse health effects from even low levels of pollution. To achieve compliance to more stringent targets and under continued pressure from concerned citizens, city authorities in particular will have to be more ambitious. This will require developing a more profound long-term strategy to fundamentally solve the problem of air pollution and carbon emissions.

 

What will that involve?

This will involve measures that have a strong yet gradual effect in the future and will impact the very core of the city. This means changing how we get around in the city, moving away from private car transport to more active travel, and requiring a fundamentally different strategy from city authorities in terms of public infrastructure investment. More ambitious urban planning and building codes for new buildings could also lead to zero-emissions of houses.

School Strike 4 Climate - Be Part of the Solution not the Pollution
School Strike 4 Climate Zagreb Demonstrations

We can see in the BAU scenario there is clear progress, but this is not enough to stop the impacts on human and planetary health.

ClairCity is urging for more action in the short-term to avoid air pollution exceedances and carbon emissions, and to achieve a future with clean air for all.

 

 


 

Zero Emissions Day happens each year on September 21st. It raises awareness of the need to act on air quality through a 24-hour Moratorium on the use of Fossil Fuels: http://zeroemissionsday.org/

The Global Climate Strike takes place from September 20-27th and is connected to School Strike 4 Climate (Fridays for Future). https://globalclimatestrike.net/

ClairCity has been producing resources for citizens wanting to act on these issues. Find them in our Take Action section or click on the cities above to find out how you can take action locally. We’ll be adding more resources in the coming months so stay tuned!

 

 

July 2019 Newsletter released

The sixth edition of the ClairCity newsletter was published on 16th July 2019. Covering news on our international press coverage, progress working with cities and how social injustice intersects with air quality, there’s plenty of information from ClairCity. You can read the newsletter online or download it from Joomag as a pdf.

 

ClairCity conference 2019

Our 2019 conference was hosted in the Portuguese city of Aveiro on 10th April. We were delighted to host over 60 external participants which included high-level polititians (including the President of the Aveiro Region and Mayor of Aveiro, and Mayors of various other municipalities in the Aveiro Region), NGOs (environmental NGOs and sustainabile mobility / cycling focused NGOs), and university and school staff and students.

You can also read about the conference in Portuguese.

Invited speakers

Dr. Alexandra Monteiro, University of Aveiro Air quality in the CIRA perspective
Susana Castelo, TIS Portugal Visions for a future clean mobility in the CIRA
Isabel Lança, Administração Regional de Saúde do Centro Air pollution impact on health
PacOpar Estarreja Role of Industry to improve on carbon and air quality
Porto de Aveiro Role of the Port to improve on carbon and air quality
Agostinho Oliveira, CM Murtosa; António Rodrigues, AE Gafanha de Nazaré; José Carlos Mota, University of Aveiro What’s the room for cycling in the CIRA

ClairCity presentations

Prof. Enda Hayes Involving citizens in policymaking – Lessons so far from ClairCity
Dr. Vera Rodrigues and Kris Vanherle Modelling for impacts on air quality, health and carbon footprint in ClairCity
Dr. Stephan Slingerland Policy lessons so far from ClairCity

Posters from each of the municipalities in CIRA showcasing their best practices in themes of health, air quality and carbon emissions are also available.