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App for Air Pollution Could Make City Living a Lot Safer

The study used two Google Street View cars rigged with air quality monitoring equipment as they drove throughout Oakland, Calif.

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    App for Air Pollution Could Make City Living a Lot Safer
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    FILE PHOTO -- Downtown high rise buildings are shown cloaked in dirty air shortly after sunrise September 11, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

    Out of a pollution study an app, that can pinpoint pollution hot spots block by block, is being developed for city dwellers, reported NBC News. 

    A study suggests that it might be possible for local authorities to pinpoint air quality that would otherwise go undetected — and help citizens avoid living in or traveling through those areas.

    Researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the University of Texas tracked two Google Street View cars rigged with air quality monitoring equipment for levels of black carbon, nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide as they drove throughout Oakland, Calif.

    The study was published last week in the journal of Environment Science & Technology.