Small inexpensive PM2.5 device developed in Japan

Scientists develop inexpensive mini PM 2.5 measuring gadget

August 06, 2015


Researchers at Nagoya University have teamed with Panasonic Corp. to develop a small low-cost device that can detect and measure levels of PM 2.5 fine particulate pollutants, which have been a scourge in the skies over China and Japan in recent years.

Unveiled Aug. 5, the device will cost several thousands of yen (tens of dollars) to produce. Panasonic plans to install the device on air cleaners to go on sale in September.

The device was developed by a team led by Yutaka Matsumi, a professor of environmental studies at the university’s Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory.

"We will be able to detect and measure pollutants by installing the device in various locations in a city," Matsumi said. "We hope the devices will reveal the everyday things that are acting as a source of pollution and help people deal with the health effects."

Fossil Fuels kill far more birds than wind and solar

Burnaby challenges pipeline construction in its conservation area

City of Burnaby Directs Kinder Morgan to Stop Work that is Damaging Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area
September 2, 2014

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DurhamCLEAR Annual Meeting - a Crossroads

DurhamCLEAR will hold its annual meeting on September 9th. We are at a crossroads. We need new blood. Without it, DurhamCLEAR will die.

Councils from all five affected Durham municipalities unanimously approve motions urging EA on Line 9

As of March 24th, all five lakefront communities in Durham (the ones that Line 9 passes through) have approved motions calling on the province to require a proper environmental assessment on Line 9, and in addition, asking that the pipeline be upgraded over a reasonable time period to 3/8" thickness rather than the current 1/4" That constitutes 97% of the existing pipe.

These motions were urged on the Councils by DurhamCLEAR president, Doug Anderson, who made delegations to all of them.

Local Councils asking for Line 9 EA, thicker pipe

DC president, Doug Anderson is continuing to do delegations at local councils about Line 9.

NEB fulfills expectations - approves Line 9 with a few reasonably good conditions

As most people expected, The National Energy Board issued its decision on Mar. 6 in which it gave Enbridge most of what it asked for. It gave approval to all 3 of Enbridge's 'asks'

Why the Province should require a provincial Environmental Assessment on Line 9

Now that the national Energy Board has all but ignored the suggested conditions that Ontario laid done in its submission on Line 9, the province should move forward on requiring a provincial EA.

Are they frackin' mad?

Reports have surfaced that the Ontario Geological Survy (OGS) has been drilling test wells in various parts of Ontario to see if there were potential for fracking.

The reports are techical and not very informative to the layperson, but one of the sites they checked was in Pickering. Beyond that, it was only identified by its latitude and longitude. However I found a website that translated these coordinates into a precise location.

This is it - right next door to the Pickering Nuclear station!

DC asking all lakefront communities to urge Province to stick to its conditons re Line 9

DurhamCLEAR president, Doug Anderson is making the rounds of the lakefront communities in Durham to urge their Councils to support the conditions laid out by Rick Jennings, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of part of hisoral submission to the NEB on behalf of the Government of Ontario.

While these conditions do not go anywhwere near as far as DC would like, they should be considered as the minimum acceptable for the safe operation of the pipeline:

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