Clean air is a human right. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for a large part of the world’s population. Globally, around 9 in 10 people are exposed to air pollution at levels above WHO air quality guidelines.
As a result, some 7 million people die each year due to ambient or household air pollution. While this figure is impressive, it is only the tip of the iceberg, as there is also a huge burden of illnesses, hospitalizations, reduced life expectancies, and the associated social and economic impacts of lost productivity and health care costs.
Although the problem of air pollution is increasingly recognized and addressed by both governments and civil society, action is too slow, especially in the most affected regions of the world. Most countries suffer from constant unhealthy levels of air pollutants and regular acute peaks.
To communicate the risks associated with air pollution, it is necessary to have information that is not only accessible to the public, but also easily understandable. The risk must be made more visible and detectable at the local level. People are motivated to control their environment and their destiny, and this motivation should be reinforced.
SIARQ plays a key role in the monitoring and control of atmospheric emissions. It provides the key tools to visualize data in real time, download environmental reports and always inform citizens about the air that they breathe.