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Monitoring and Combating Air Pollution in Paris

26 July, 2019

In June, Bloomberg unveiled an exciting partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and the City of Paris to improve air quality and better understand pollution patterns throughout the city. UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) Michael Bloomberg joined Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to announce this cutting-edge approach to monitoring and cataloging air quality data beginning with those it affects most: our children.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor Hidalgo’s initiative will install 150 air pollution monitors on schools in Paris. The monitors will collect granular air quality information, allowing us to work with a never-before-accessible level of detail. The information will then be analyzed and incorporated into existing air pollution data to help identify and reduce sources of pollution.

The monitors installed in Paris schools will be supplied by Clarity, a California-based technology company specialized in new generation of air pollution sensor. Airparif, a nonprofit organization accredited by the French Ministry of Environment to monitor air quality in Paris and the capital city region, will validate, analyze and publish data collected from the pilot project. Additionally, the Environmental Research Group at King's College London will provide technical assistance and identify synergies between their ongoing work in London, Paris, and beyond.

Together, we’re working to unify best-in-class air pollution research, technology, and data-driven policy design to reduce air pollution in cities like Paris and around the world.