2010 Feb. 16: Europe: Eye on Earth lets you know if it’s safe to breathe today in your country

2010 Feb. 16: Europe: Eye on Earth lets you know if it’s safe to breathe today in your country

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Is It Safe To Breathe Today?

Have you ever wondered what the air quality is like in your home town? Or how about the water quality in that Spanish resort you’ve just shelled out a fortune to visit next summer?

The European Environment Agency have a tool to tell you just that. Called Eye On Earth, it allows you to see air and water quality reports from around Europe. Not only that, you can also rate the air and water qualities yourself.

Here are today’s results for Edinburgh (less than an hour ago as I write this post), showing that the EEA have given it a rating of "Very Good". Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter are all low. However, the site users themselves have only rated it "Good".

Being me, I decided to go hunting for the worst air pollution in Europe. I thought the Eastern Bloc countries would be a good bet, but surprisingly they were not too bad. The worst I could find was Hamburg in Germany, which was only rated "Good" by the EEA.

There’s also a facility to get updated air and water quality reports sent to your mobile phone, which I guess would be handy if you’re into water sports.

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