Citizens of Ukraine got a new source of reliable information on air pollution

30.6.2020 - UKRAINE
PHOTO: Stanislav Krupař

How polluted is the air in my town? What can I do to protect my health? Who is responsible for the situation? Ukrainian citizens can now find the answers to these (and more) questions on the new website CleanAir.org.ua. The main feature of the website is the presentation of data from Oxygen - a network of over a hundred civic air monitoring stations installed in dozens of towns in industrial regions of Kryvbas and Donbas. The network is still expanding, with new stations joining in every month. Users can also find information on events organized by their local civic initiatives.

The first batch of stations was successfully installed in Ukraine in November last year in four industrial cities, and since then the network has noticeably expanded. The monitoring stations are now measuring pollution in dozens of places across the country and others are joining in. 

The Oxygen stations have the advantage over other similar systems of citizen science because they monitor not only particulate matters, but also other substances dangerous to human health: nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, ground-level ozone and volatile organic compounds.

“Oxygen EcoCity monitoring stations are an affordable solution for people interested to know the level of air pollution and air quality in their town. In addition to getting data, the visitors of the website CleanAir.org.ua can also find information on how to help fight pollution and join their local environmental initiatives. We hope this platform will help to connect people across Ukraine help protect their rights to a clean and safe environment,”, said Maksym Soroka, the scientific and technical expert of the Clear Air for Ukraine project.

“Polluted air causes premature death of about 30 000 Ukrainians every year. The first step on a way to improve this situation is detail knowledge of the problem. Unfortunately, data from governmental monitoring are not publicly available - and in some towns, the monitoring is not established at all. It is optimistic to see how many people are ready to gain necessary information and contribute to fighting one of the most serious dangers to human health,” said Pavlína Filippovová, coordinator of Clean Air for Ukraine project from the Czech non-governmental organization Arnika.

The web portal was developed in the frames of the project Clean Air for Ukraine, coordinated by Arnika, a non-governmental organization from the Czech Republic, and supported by the Transition Promotion Program of the Czech Republic, and National Endowment for Democracy fund, USA.

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