This live global map lets you see pollution in a whole new way

Now you can see pollution rising up from cities and spreading around the globe on wind currents in nearly real time. The airborne microfragments known as small particle pollution are important because they shorten the lives of millions of people each year.

Explore the map on the right by clicking around -- it's interactive!

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This live global map lets you see pollution in a whole new way by inewsource

by Ingrid Lobet | January 9, 2017

Now you can see pollution rising up from cities and spreading around the globe on wind currents in nearly real time. The airborne microfragments known as small particle pollution are important because they shorten the lives of millions of people each year.

The captivating 3D visualization was created by a father living in Beijing who at first just wanted to know exactly what pollution levels his children were breathing. Computer scientist Yann Boquillod ended up building an interactive tool for everyone.

The data flows in from three places: government air measurements, satellites, and air monitors created by Boquillod’s company AirVisual. The company is deploying its monitors, or sensors in part via social media.

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