Miami residents to earn tokens for hosting air quality sensors
Two cities this week announced new initiatives to monitor and address air quality.
French company Planetwatch is working with the City of Miami to launch a decentralised indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring network that offers rewards for sensor hosts.
Data collected by the sensors will be recorded on the Algorand blockchain and used to detect pollution hotspots and provide a database of environmental analytics.
Residents that agree to host an air quality sensor will receive Planet tokens (Planets) as compensation. These can be exchanged for Earth Credits which can be used to purchase products and services from Planetwatch and partners. Through a new partnership with ClimateTrade, Planetwatch said that staking Planets will soon enable people to plant trees in sustainable forests and corporates to buy carbon credits.
According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. In 2019, more than 90 percent of the global population lived in areas where concentrations of fine particulate matter exceeded WHO guidelines. Further, more than 40 percent of Americans live in places with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.