Monthly Archives: September 2018

UAE unveils real-time air quality index

I was pleased in reading His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi’s, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, statement that “air pollution is arguably one of the most important concerns around the world today and has a serious impact on human health and the environment” while launching the UAE Air Quality Index in collaboration with Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

The index displays real-time readings of the satellite-monitored air quality index (AQI) across the UAE, which can forecast air quality up to three days in advance and predict the concentration of dust and particulate matters with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5).

The AQI is based on the concentration of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter that are worldwide known as being potentially detrimental for human health.

“That is why the quality of the air we breathe is a key issue highlighted in the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021” added Dr Al Zeyoudi.

His Excellency added that the ministry believes that providing the public with access to real-time air quality data will help them “make informed decisions to help the national achieve its targets.”

The index is easily available from the MOCCAE smart application available in the Apple Store or Google Play and on the dedicated website.

As also reported by the Emirates News Agency, Dr. Al Zeyoudi stated that “we are confident we will see enhanced projects and initiatives that aim to cut down carbon emissions”. A good news for the UAE and the planet.

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