Publication Details

Forehead, H. (2020). Air quality near busy Australian roads up to 10 times worse than official figures. The Conversation, 30 April 1-5.

Link to publisher version (URL)

The Conversation


Air quality on Australia’s roads matters. On any given day (when we’re not in lockdown) people meet, commute, exercise, shop and walk with children near busy streets. But to date, air quality monitoring at roadsides has been inadequate. I and my colleagues wanted to change that. Using materials purchased from electronics and hardware stores for around A$150, we built our own air quality monitors. Our newly published research reveals how our devices detected particulate pollution at busy intersections at levels ten times worse than background levels measured at official air monitoring stations.