CHIVAS The Venture – You be the judge!

You be the judge!
From 1st May your votes will determine who of the 30 finalists of Chivas The Venture gets a share of $250,000 in funding!
We from Green City Solutions hope that all of you will support us to tackle the global problem of air pollution which results in eight million deaths a year and $1.6 trillion in economic damages within the EU alone.
We will keep you updated about the journey to the grand finale in LA – in the meantime feel free to read a bit more at CHIVAS.

Let it Grow: “Combining economy and ecology to battle urban air pollution”

“Combining economy and ecology to battle urban air pollution” – read our latest article on Let it Grow. The team met our CIO Zhengliang Wu at the CityTree of Deutsche Bahn at Berlin Südkreuz.
“With reports that 92% of the world’s population currently lives in places where air quality levels exceed their pollution limits (World Health Organization (WHO)), it’s time to take action. For Berlin-based Green City Solutions, it was the trigger to develop CityTree, a 4-metre-high billboard covered in moss that’s able to filter the pollution of up to 417 cars annually whilst cooling down the surrounding air (and providing Wi-Fi!) We met up with founder Zhengliang Wu to learn more about this multifunctional super tree.”

UNICEF: Clean Air For Children

According to a new UNICEF Report, “almost one in seven children - that’s about 300 million - live in areas where the outdoor air pollution is toxic”!
“Toxic air causes miscarriages, early delivery, and low birth weight. It contributes to the deaths of more young children every year than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. It can harm the healthy development of children’s brains. It is a drag on economies and societies, already costing as much as 0.3 per cent of global GDP - and rising. And in many parts of the world, it is getting worse.”
Learn more: Clear the Air for Children - the first report of its kind, based on satellite imagery – finds that around 2 billion children in total live in areas where outdoor air pollution exceeds limits as being safe for human health.”


eSchoolToday: “What is air pollution?”

How to explain air pollution to kids? has the answer:
“Air pollution (say: po-loo-shun) occurs when gases, dust particles, fumes (or smoke) or odour are introduced into the atmosphere in a way that makes it harmful to humans, animals and plant. This is because the air becomes dirty (contaminated or unclean).”
Read more about “What is Air Pollution”, the causes and effects, some examples of air pollutants as well as prevention and solutions!
Copyright: eSchoolToday

World Economic Forum: “This is where air pollution kills the most people”

According to the World Economic Forum,
“Around the world, 18,000 people die every day because of air pollution.
The World Health Organization says the number of deaths attributed to air pollution is 6.5 million a year. That’s more than the number of people killed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined.
In fact, air pollution is the fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking.”
Watch the clip to see where air pollution causes the most deaths. Is your country on the list?
Read more at World Economic Forum.

Daily Planet: “6 Urban Garden Projects That Will Blow Your Mind”

“Urban areas are often huge contributors to climate change due to the high output of greenhouse gas emissions. So what are cities doing to solve this? […]
Paris officials are introducing ‘smart’ trees across the city in a bid to curb air pollution. The trees come from Climate-KIC start-up Green City Solutions and combine air pollution monitors with vertically-installed moss culture to reduce fine dust and nitrous oxides. They’re 275 times more efficient than regular trees!”




The Economist: “Daily chart Comparing urban air pollution”

Graphs of The Economist and Environment and Natural Resources in Canada show that patterns of air pollution can vary widely during the day and by the city.
“[…] Seoul and Hong Kong are the worst among the cities in our sample. In Europe, London and Paris stand out – daytime pollution there is consistently higher than the WHO’s guidelines. New York and several other American cities have much cleaner air, partly because diesel fuel (which emits more nitrogen dioxide) is less common in the United States. Pollution tends to rise steeply in the morning, and is lowest in the middle of the night. The ebbs and flows during daytime vary across cities. In some, residents may be able to reduce their exposure to pollution by changing their daily routines, such as commuting to work an hour earlier. “

Sources: Plume Labs; The Economist

The Guardian: How does air pollution affect you?

The Guardian is looking for stories on how air pollution affects their readers’ lives, wherever they are in the world.
You can share your accounts by filling out the form at

The Guardian: “Air pollution rising at an ‘alarming rate’ in world’s cities”

The Guardian: “Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air, according to new data from more than 3,000 cities compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Outdoor air pollution causes more than 3m deaths a year – more than malaria and HIV/Aids – and is now the biggest single killer in the world. The toll is expected to double as urban populations increase and car numbers approach 2bn by 2050.
‘The cost for countries is enormous. Air pollution affects economies and people’s quality of life. It leads to major chronic diseases and to people ultimately dying,’ said Dr Maria Neira, director of public health at the WHO in Geneva. (source)

Read more information in the article at!

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The Guardian – “Q&A: Everything you need to know about air pollution”

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