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Tracking Air Pollution With the Pigeon Patrol | That's Amazing

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Published on Apr 11, 2017

More than five million people die every year from pollution-related illnesses, and nearly 10,000 of those deaths occur in London. But Romain LaCombe has made it his mission to change that. To do so, LaCombe—the London-based CEO of Plume Labs—has designed a system to help us understand more about the air we breathe. And he did it in the most unconventional way imaginable: using pigeons ... with tiny backpacks. This is a mission for the pigeon air patrol.

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