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Air pollution monitoring stations face closure as government looks to cut costs Up to 600 stations for monitoring air pollution across England could be shut down under new government plans to save money by cutting regulations. Ministers want to remove obligations on local authorities to assess air quality in their areas, resulting in less monitoring. But environmental campaigners are accusing them of trying to hide one of the country's biggest public health problems. Government advisers have estimated that one type of pollutant – miniscule particles from diesel engines, fossil fuel power stations and other sources – is killing 29,000 people a year in the UK, and costing health services about £16bn. But European air pollution limits meant to protect health are being breached in urban areas across the country, with the highest levels in London.
VuePlus - Get Ready for Something New Europe’s Square, iZettle, Goes One Step Further: Launches API To Integrate Payments Into Apps iZettle, the “Square of Europe” that has been rolling out its dongle-based mobile payments service in Scandinavia and is currently trialling in the UK, is now extending its service once again: it’s launching an API so that third-party iOS app makers can integrate its payment service directly into their apps. An Android solution is due later this year, the company tells me. Although Square does not directly compete with iZettle at the moment — Square has yet to extend outside the U.S., and iZettle’s still only in Europe — it looks like iZettle has stolen a march on Square in terms of functionality, letting merchants offer the iZettle payment platform wherever their apps are used, and not just at the point of sale, where iZettle’s own app would get used. iZettle’s spokesperson notes to me that Square did appear to try something out like this a while back, for Android but not iOS, but had not developed it further. More explanation for developers, and a sign up, is here.
Particulates This diagram shows types, and size distribution in micrometres, of atmospheric particulate matter This animation shows aerosol optical thickness of emitted and transported key tropospheric aerosols from 17 August 2006 to 10 April 2007, from a 10 km resolution GEOS-5 "nature run" using the GOCART model. (click for more detail) * green: black and organic carbon * red/orange: dust * white: sulfates * blue: sea salt Movie map of distribution of aerosol particles, based on data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. * Green areas show aerosol plumes dominated by larger particles. * Red areas show aerosol plumes dominated by small particles. * Yellow areas show where large and small aerosol particles are mixing. * Gray shows where the sensor did not collect data. Atmospheric particulate matter – also known as particulate matter (PM) or particulates – is microscopic solid or liquid matter suspended in the Earth's atmosphere.
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