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Around The World in… 11 Fancy Air-Quality Photo Filters

Scene from the 1956 film adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. Photo: United Artists

In Jules Verne’s classic, a Londoner and a Frenchman attempt to travel around the world in 80 days. Today you could do that a lot faster – and with a handy new app from a French start-up, even healthier.

Plume Labs, supported by Climate-KIC, is helping users around the world dodge pollution with their Air Report app by providing air quality level forecasts throughout the day.

Fancy Filters

With a great user interface the app is easy to use and even includes social feature that allows you to edit and upload your own photos to social media with fancy air quality filters.

Plume Labs Pigeon

You might have heard about the recent pigeon patrol campaign that Plume Labs launched to raise awareness of air pollution in London and their kickstarter campaign.

Real-Time Levels

They fitted a flock of pigeons with sensors then collected and tweeted real-time air quality levels across London.

So we’ve seen what the levels are like in London – what about the rest of the world? The app can be used in over 200 countries so let’s have a look at the air quality levels people are recording on Twitter.

1. Paris

2. New York

3. Toronto

4. Singapore

5. Aix-en-Provence, France

6. Istanbul

7. London

8. Madrid

9. Warsaw

10. Mexico

11. Lille

Handy Tips

The app ranks air quality levels from “fresh” to “extreme pollution” and will alert users who may be at risk of inhaling toxic fumes. This data is collected through hourly checked sensors that monitor levels of dioxide and carbon monoxide.

The app is particularly useful for those who suffer from illnesses that are triggered or worsened by bad air. It gives you handy tips on when it’s safe to do certain outside activities like cycling or going Aout with young children.

What’s the air quality like in your city? Let us know in the comments.

Plume Labs is supported by the Climate-KIC Accelerator, find out if you could also qualify for coaching and funding!