The AirBeam Saga Part Ii: Placement and Testing Around 3 Birmingham High Schools

The AirBeam Saga Part Ii: Placement and Testing Around 3 Birmingham High Schools

Once I was able to understand how to connect the AirBeam to my phone, and to input data into its open source map, AirCasting, I was finally able to test the pollution around Birmingham. To learn how to connect the AirBeam to your phone, and how to operate AirCasting, check out my previous blog post here.

The sunroof was closed almost completely shut, except for a tiny space to allow the rope to go through. This allowed the AirBeam to be securely placed at the top of …

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The AirBeam Saga Part I: Installation and Connection to AirCasting

The AirBeam Saga Part I: Installation and Connection to AirCasting

[Editor’s Note: Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them, especially if you plan to try this at home.]

Before I conducted my pollution study around the city of Birmingham, I needed to test the AirBeam itself. The AirBeam is a portable air monitor that is used to collect pollutant particles. You can purchase an AirBeam at http://www.takingspace.org/aircasting/airbeam/. Once I saw the small box the AirBeam came in, I got really excited. Surely, this will be an easy setup and execution…right? Thankfully, after 15365733 some mistakes, I was …

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‘Biking & Breathing’: Columbia Researchers Employ Wearable Technology to Study NYC Air Pollution

‘Biking & Breathing’: Columbia Researchers Employ Wearable Technology to Study NYC Air Pollution

If you’re anything like me, you look forward each week to the newest episode of Science Friday, a.k.a., “SciFri.” I listen to the show on Birmingham’s NPR affiliate, WBHM.

Last week, Science Friday aired a particularly interesting segment for us at Gasp. “Pedaling Through Pollution” tells of a study currently underway at Columbia University. Researchers are attempting to literally map bicyclists’ exposure to air pollution in New York City by employing innovative technological solutions.

Image courtesy Isaak Liptzin/WNYC

Subjects will wear air sensors to collect pollution data; …

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Citizen Science Movement Can Help Solve Birmingham’s Pollution Problem

Citizen Science Movement Can Help Solve Birmingham’s Pollution Problem

On Tuesday, I sent a letter to Heather McTeer Toney, EPA Region IV administrator, asking that her agency invest in “next generation” air monitoring in Birmingham to gather data, empower citizens and improve public health for northern Birmingham communities. “It has been established that the ambient air quality in northern Birmingham communities is unhealthy,” I wrote, “despite claims from local regulatory agencies to the contrary.”

Residents in northern Birmingham communities have known for decades that the soot covering their homes is likely affecting their health. Recent …

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