Environment, Science

Patrolling The Skies

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A member of the “Pigeon Air Patrol.”

Pigeons have been derided as rats with wings and shooed away everywhere from window ledges to public squares.

But this past March, a flock of half a dozen pigeons, strapped with tiny backpacks, carrying pollution sensors, were set loose from a rooftop in London’s Brick Lane. One little bird also had a G.P.S. tracker.

The winged patrol will fly all over the capital and tweet back readings about air quality. The project’s goal is to raise awareness about dirty air.

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