Air pollution

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How to convince the citizens to reduce tree felling on private properties in Ljubljana?

Ljubljana

Trees in Ljubljana play an important role in providing green spaces, contributing to carbon sinks and reducing heat islands.

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How can we combat air pollution in our community?

Timișoara

Air pollution is a problem in crowded cities, we want to find solutions for our city.

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How can we face the climate change and urban heat islands?

Cagliari

Towards new urban approach and strategies and action to solve the challenge!

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How can we prepare Brno for Climate Change?

Brno

According to #brno2050 strategy and the votes from the citizens, one of the most important aspects of the quality of life will be the healthy and living environment as well as the nature in the city. Let's prepare Brno for Climate Change!

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How can the port reduce air pollution and the amount of dust in the area?

Riga

There are several companies working with bulk cargoes (coal, grains etc) transshipment. During the transshipment process and with the help of wind a lot of dust is in the residential area.

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How can Galway become one of the lowest carbon footprint cities in the world by 2030?

Galway

The top 100 highest-footprint cities worldwide drive roughly 20% of the global carbon footprint. If all cities globally, whether large or small, made concerted efforts to reduce their carbon footprints it would make a significant impact on decarbonisation pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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What can be done to reduce the air pollution found across Coventry?

Coventry

Coventry is known to have poor air quality, whilst the City Council are moving projects forwards with electric vehicles there is still much that can be done to reduce this issue sooner and help alleviate any lasting effects as we go into the future. Bring ideas that will help tackle this!

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How can the city centre of Brno become car-free?

Brno

Give an overview of how the traffic and the parking situation is like today and what problems in the city are linked to this. Describe what the exact problems are, related to privately owned cars (POV), which should be solved.

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How can we cool the city together?

Zagreb

As many other highly urbanised areas Zagreb is significantly warmer than its rural surroundings. City itself is heat island, but there are also smaller spaces in the city warmer than others - heat islands.

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How do we decrease air pollution?

More than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to poor air quality. Reducing air pollution should be a priority to all cities, not just for decreasing the negative effects of climate change, but for citizens’ health as well.

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Air pollution and problems caused by it are increasingly common, and we need new solutions to monitor emissions. Fast urbanisation and expanding industry further complicate these challenges. Expensive reference class air quality stations that are large and require a lot of maintenance are no longer necessarily applicable, because air quality may vary a great deal within a small area and thus information is needed from several different measuring points.

According to the EU Commission, around 90 per cent of the population in Europe’s cities is exposed to particulate matter pollution levels that exceed WHO air quality guidelines. Particulate matter is the air pollutant that has the most severe impact on health and originates from motor vehicles, industrial facilities, residential fire places, wood stoves and activities such as power generation and agricultural burning.

The increase in vehicles has been given added urgency by the growing recognition that air pollution – much of it the by-product of emissions from vehicles – significantly impacts public health. Across the world air pollution is estimated to be responsible for more than 4.2 million premature deaths each year. Air pollution is most acutely felt within urban areas.

To deliver against climate targets and positively impact on air pollution requires fundamental changes, specifically to the energy sector, compared with current trends. This fundamental shift implies a strong reduction in the ratio between CO2 emissions and GDP (decarbonisation).

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