NZHerald, By Gemma Hartley 18 May, 2016
New Zealand scientists are trialling new technology in Canterbury that could revolutionise how centres can better monitor and control air pollution.
A new stage of a Niwa air quality project is about to get underway in Rangiora, as a World Health Organisation (WHO) index again highlights how some South Island towns have rated poorly for air pollution.
Last year, scientists installed and tested new hi-tech sensors in 14 Rangiora homes during September to detect when people were using their woodburners.
Each participant had since received an information pack with detailed information about the air quality in their home, temperature variations and dust peaks.
The scientists found that while it was easy to detect when a woodburner was lit, it was much harder to tell when the fire had stopped burning.