Bodite prvi, ki boste preizkusili novo aplikacijo za upravljanje kakovosti zraka v Ljubljani
Potrebujemo vašo pomoč, da preizkusimo našo aplikacijo in prispevamo k njenemu razvoju!
Ste se kdaj vprašali, kako naša potovanja vplivajo na kakovost zraka v Ljubljani? Zdaj lahko prvič.
GreenAnt je brezplačna aplikacija za mobilne telefone (Apple in Android) skupaj s spletnim sistemom, ki vam omogoča, da postanete raziskovalec in spremljate lastne in tuje potovalne navade. Če uporabljate podatke GPS, aplikacijo preprosto pustite zagnano v ozadju, medtem ko se gibljete po mestu.
Zbirajte podatke s prijatelji, sodelavci ali uporabite kot orodje za izboljšanje zdravja zaposlenih ali sodržavljanov. Bolj ko prebivalci zbirajo podatke, bogatejša je slika, ki jo lahko gradimo o kakovosti zraka v mestu. Če lahko naredimo nevidno vidno, lahko začnemo spreminjati način potovanja.
Na spletu prijavite območje zbiranja podatkov – https://greenant.nilu.no/ in prenesite aplikacijo za Apple ali Android mobilno napravo.
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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.
Seja o primeiro a testar a nova aplicação de gestão da qualidade do ar liderada pelo cidadão
A equipa ClairCity convida todos os cidadãos a testar e a contribuir para o desenvolvimento da aplicação GreenAnts!
Alguma vez se perguntou como os seus trajetos diários afetam a qualidade do ar da sua cidade? Agora, pela primeira vez, pode responder a essa pergunta.
A GreenAnts é uma aplicação gratuita para telemóveis (Apple e Android), suportada por um sistema web, que permite que o utilizador se torne um “cidadão-cientista”, através da monitorização dos seus padrões de mobilidade. Utilizando os dados de GPS, apenas tem que permitir que a aplicação corra em background no seu telemóvel, enquanto percorre a cidade.
Recolha dados com amigos, colegas ou use-os como uma ferramenta para melhorar a saúde dos seus funcionários ou concidadãos. Quanto mais cidadãos recolherem dados, mais detalhada será a imagem que podemos construir sobre a qualidade do ar em Aveiro. Ao tornar visível o invisível, podemos começar a alterar o nosso comportamento nas nossas deslocações dia-a-dia.
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 Androidor Apple now!
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.
Our scientists have revealed why we cause air pollution and carbon emissions in Bristol through our transport choices. Surprisingly, car travel to shopping and leisure activities contributes over half of our emissions – that’s more air pollution than through commuting and business travel.
Across all ages, genders, and income brackets, leisure-time activities generate the most emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and PM10 (40%)*. The data also shows that people use different modes of travel to get to different activities and places – it is less likely to only use one form of transport for all activities. This is despite most current efforts to change travel behaviours being focused on rush hour travel, when people typically commute to and from work.
Air pollution causes five deaths per
week in Bristol. Poor air quality disproportionately harms children and the
elderly, causing respiratory diseases, cancer and exacerbating heart
conditions. Bristol City Council is legally required to reduce air pollution
levels and has recently released a Clean Air Plan.
The activities polluting our air are also the same ones producing carbon emissions – the major cause of climate change. Reducing carbon emissions in cities is critical to achieve major cuts in carbon globally, so reducing climate risks. Bristol City Council and the surrounding authorities have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Air pollution is a social justice issue
We also looked at what demographic groups create the most emissions. 26-49-year olds produce the most air pollutants, through greater use of their cars for leisure activities and commuting to work.
People with higher incomes travel more
often by car than those from lower incomes – resulting in higher emissions. The
overall proportions for travel to each activity stays the same, but the amount
of travel, and therefore emissions, increases. This means that richer people
travel by car to more work locations, more leisure activities, and more
men contribute 10% more to road NOx emissions than Bristolian women (40% vs
30%). This is
largely due to the fact they use their car for commuting and business more.
Women and men contribute about the same NOx from buses, although they use them
How did we work this out?
A fine granular dataset of road transport emissions was generated that allowed source allocation not only at the typical level of travel choice (e.g. car, bus, taxi, cycling, walking etc) but also the underlying behaviour or motive (e.g. shopping, commuting, leisure etc) and socio-economic properties of the people travelling (e.g. gender, age, income etc). The scientists say the scientifically robust yet flexible methodology is designed to allow it to use different types of public datasets, which can be applied to different cities in similar fashion. Two produce these findings, they followed two steps:
Create a network model of the city to understand traffic flows at links in road networks to calculate total emissions; and
Merge the emission dataset from step 1 with national travel survey data, which include information on the underlying motives and socio-economic data of travellers of individual trips.
So now what?
Professor Enda Hayes of the Air Quality Management Resource Centre at UWE, Bristol is one of the lead researchers. He explains: “Traditional air quality and carbon policy has often been orientated towards addressing peak travel (i.e. morning and evening commuting) but this evidence helps to reformulate the air quality and carbon policy debate so that societal behaviour and the need for societal change becomes central to achieving low carbon, healthy futures for our cities”.
ClairCity has been involving city residents in future policy ideas since 2016. Policy suggestions will be combined with citizen preferences and aspirations, in order to generate sophisticated future scenarios that model the options available to each city. This unique approach is raising awareness of air quality in our cities and ultimately allows us to work towards a future with clean air.
We can all make a difference to air pollution. There’s individual changes, such as choosing to change the way we get around the city; collective choices such as working with parents, colleagues, friends or campaign groups to influence group behaviour (e.g. walk to school clubs, cycle to work schemes); or systemic changes made by policy and law makers. We need change on every level – where can you make the biggest difference?
To help you make a change we’ve produced some shareable graphics for you – please download and share widely!
* Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) is a common air pollutant that comes from the combustion of fuels, such as diesel in cars. Particulate Matter 10 (PM10)’s are airborne particles so small that they can penetrate our lungs. PM10 and PM2.5 (even smaller) mainly derive from road transport, such as the dust that is released when we break, from tyres, road dust or from soot from exhausts.
In order to bring air pollution emissions back in line with EU law, tough decisions have to be made by business, governments and citizens across Europe. Such decisions generate resistance as it means a change to the status quo and the redistribution of power. But change is essential to improve our health and create a future with clean air.
A farming crisis
In October Dutch
farmers took to the roads, driving their tractors to the Hague to fight
back against new rules on nitrogen emissions. They felt they were unfairly
treated and as a result several councils decided to scrap tighter rules.
The Netherlands is currently experiencing a ‘nitrogen oxides
pollution crisis’ largely attributed to industrial farming and vehicle
emissions. Drastic changes are needed to fall within EU law to protect nature
from these emissions, including several that will impact on the farming
Farming is a leading cause of air pollution and climate
change and many scientists believe we cannot protect our planetary life support
system within the industrial model. Among the Dutch law changes are tougher
emissions inventories for farmers and plans to change livestock feed to include
an enzyme that reduces nitrogen emissions from cows. However, they will only be
implemented if councils can remain united on these national regulatory
Leaving no one behind
As the Dutch farmer case shows, those with the loudest voice
(or rather biggest economic stake) have the biggest influence in decision
making. What results is watered down measures to continue business as usual
(link to our other blog), rather than the radical shifts needed to mitigate our
current Climate and Ecological Emergencies. Indeed, over 11,000 international scientists
have recently called
for urgent action from politicians to stop ‘untold consequences’ of growing
carbon and other emissions.
In the UK a similar pattern is emerging. As a result of
failing to tackle one of the root causes of pollution – the private car – transport
is now the largest sectoral source of carbon emissions in the UK.
Private cars take the lion’s share of these emissions and they
are still rising.
Local councils have been left with the unsavoury job of
trying to tackle the problem locally, in a political climate that invests in mass
In Bristol, the City Council have spent the last several
years preparing its Clean Air
Plan. They have consulted communities across the city, including
economically deprived areas, and spoken with businesses and various
If approved by Central Government, the city intends to ban
all privately-owned diesel vehicles from entering the city centre from 7am to
3pm, daily, from 2021. “There would also be a wider Clean Air Zone (CAZ) where
non-compliant commercial vehicles such as buses, taxis, HGVs and LGVs would be
charged. A car scrappage scheme would also be launched” says the Council. “Modelling that
informed this ‘hybrid’ approach shows the council can meet the government test
for improved air quality in the shortest time possible (by 2025). The hybrid
approach also reduces the number of lower income households directly affected
by the measures.”
Bristol already has a growing number of cycle lanes and footpaths,
along with e-bike hire schemes and hybrid electric buses, but more work is
required to spread and connect these across the city, to increase their visibility
and appeal. Continued consultations will be required to overcome barriers that
communities face to ditching diesel. And in the long-term, changes in the
design of neighbourhoods is required to minimise the need to take a polluting
vehicle for work, leisure and shopping.
Clean air balancing
The process towards reaching net-zero emissions is clearly a
challenge for decision makers, as is the nature of politics. Redistributing the
centres of power – be that from farmers, car owners or others – will require
persistence and collective power. The Climate Strikes and acts of rebellion
this year are signs that this table is starting to turn. They are disruptive
but they are also constructive, demanding that citizen assemblies be
established so the collective voice of ‘the people’ can be amplified.
The ClairCity project offers evidence to support the
important role citizens can play in the future decision making of cities and in
particular the process towards a future with clean air and net-zero emissions.
We will be releasing our results in the coming months so stay tuned for more