Tool­kits to tackle pol­lu­tion

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A DUNDEE Univer­sity project which aims to pro­vide peo­ple with us­able sta­tis­tics in the bat­tle against pol­lu­tion has been launched.

The Cit­i­zen Sens­ing tool­kit, which is part of the wider Mak­ing Sense ini­tia­tive, has seen 3,500 printed copies of the guide dis­trib­uted across Europe.

These de­tail some of the mea­sures res­i­dents can take to tackle prob­lems such as air, noise and light pol­lu­tion.

The project hopes to en­cour­age peo­ple to cap­ture, share and in­ter­pret data on their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ments, us­ing small sen­sors and mon­i­tors and on­line tech­nol­ogy, as well as more tra­di­tional sci­en­tific record­ing meth­ods.

Mel Woods, of the cre­ative in­tel­li­gence depart­ment at the univer­sity, said: “Mak­ing Sense set out to ad­dress ci­ti­zens’ con­cerns about pol­lu­tion. We quickly learned peo­ple do not just want a sen­sor — they want to show and ev­i­dence the prob­lem of pol­lu­tion, then make change hap­pen.”

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