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Air pollution results from the introduction of a range of substances into the atmosphere from a wide variety of sources. It can cause both short term and long term effects on health, but also on the wider environment. The air quality in Scotland is generally better now than it has been at any time since before the Industrial Revolution.

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These improvements have been achieved through the introduction of legislation enforcing tighter controls on emissions of pollutants from key sources, notably industry, domestic combustion and transport. However, despite the improvements made, air pollution is still recognised as a risk to health, and many people are concerned about pollution in the air that they breathe.

The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. Think of the AQI as a yardstick that runs from 0 to 500. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and the greater the health concern. For example, an AQI value of 50 represents good air quality with little potential to affect public health, while an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality.
AQI values below 100 are generally thought of as satisfactory.

Particle pollution, also called particulate matter or PM, is a mixture of solids and liquid droplets floating in the air. Some particles are released directly from a specific source, while others form in complicated chemical reactions in the atmosphere.

Particles come in a wide range of sizes.

Coarse dust particles (PM10) are 2.5 to 10 micrometers in diameter. Sources include crushing or grinding, some agricultural operations and dust stirred up by vehicles on roads.

Fine particles (PM2.5) are 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller, and can only be seen with an electron microscope. Fine particles are produced from all types of combustion, including motor vehicles, residential wood burning, fires and some industrial processes.

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Locally, we have been measuring the levels of air poluution in Abernyte via two sensors at Infield. You can see the sensor results in real time by visiting the Abernyte air quality page.  The map shows the location of the Abernyte sensors and the few other similar sensors in our area. The colour of the marker is an indication of the current air quality as per the AQ Index above.

Clicking on the marker and then on the + that appears beside the sensor name allows you to see the graph of the past 24 hours and 5 days readings.aqmap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abernyte's air quality is very good and seldom varies from within the green zone of cleanest air. Yet within those readings they can and do vary from near zero pollutants and on occasion in to the yellow moderate band, mostly from the output from woodburning stoves and open fires. The readings from these sensors can only give an indication of the air quality. For the official Scottish air quality results from the official and calibrated sensors you need to go to the Scottish Government's air quality page here. This monitoring is mostly in urban areas of high traffic density but is using the same index as our local sensors.

 

 

We're a small charity group based in the Carse of Gowrie and focused around Fairtrade.
 
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We regularly run Fairtrade stalls and coffee mornings at Abernyte Church and sell rice to raise money to help children in Malawi go to school.
In addition to this, Marjory the minister had the brilliant idea of raising money to build new houses in Nepal after the tragic earthquake. With some hard work,dedication and teamwork we cut, folded and glued 100 small card houses. The boxes were then given to people in the church to put any loose change in them. After a month or so we collected them again and after a long evening of counting all the change, the community had raised in total just over £1,500, a fantastic result. This was enough to build homes for 3 families. We were all extremely pleased will this!
We have expanded and now have a small website thanks to Oscar. We can now sell top quality Fairtrade rice, both brown and white, to anyone.
This is the 90 kg Rice Challenge
Malawi is a landlocked country located in south eastern Africa. Malawi's economy is largely based on agriculture which contributes about 40% of GDP and our Kilombero rice is an aromatic long grain rice. It's versatile and has the ability to absorb flavours from vegetables, fish, and meat which makes it ideally suited for risotto. Also excellent in rice salads and in rice pudding and can be used as an accompaniment to most dishes. It is East Africa’s favourite top quality rice. 
Rice cultivation in Malawi is highly laborious. Many farmers have only a hoe to cultivate their fields and all the weeding is done by hand. The good news is, all the hard work selling Malawi Kilombero rice has been rewarded by a £276,000 grant from the Scottish Government that will help relieve all this extremely hard work. 
For most Malawians rice is grown principally as a cash crop and is largely sold to the urban middle classes. It is a luxury food mostly enjoyed at special times of year, like Christmas but the income from the rice enables them to improve their buildings, to buy tools and to pay for secondary education for their children.
Education is one of the most effective ways to escape poverty but there are tremendous problems to overcome, with a very high student-teacher ratio, lack of equipment, and language difficulties. Secondary education is not free and as a result only 30% of children receive a high school education. If a farmer in Malawi can sell 90kg of rice at a fair price they have sufficient income to send one of their children to High School for a year.
 Please help us meet this challenge and send one Malawi child to school for  one year.
 
Visit our Fairtrade rice shop and place your order.
Your order will be delivered to Abernyte Church where you can uplift it at any time and you can leave your payment in the clearly marked honesty box.
 
Help us help more people in need and order your rice now!

On Saturday the 20th August 2016 the residents and friends of Abernyte came together in a wonderful event, organised by the Abernyte Community Interest Company and held in the Abernyte Playing Field, to help raise Abernyte Harvest Festival 2016funds for the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund. 

We were treated to stalls with books and plants for sale along with wonderful jams and chutneys made from local produce. There was competitions for an array of superb flowers and vegetables grown locally along with children's competitions which also produced some outstanding entries. The local Young Farmers ran a novel balloon filled tractor competition.

The full list of prize winners:

Children's Competition

Tallest Sunflower 1 Carrick Ramsay Pattullo Funniest Fruit or veg 1 Berger
  2 Stuart and Rosie Duncan   2 Stuart Duncan
  3 Airlie Ramsay Pattullo   3 Thomas Lyon
Miniature Garden 1 Carrick Ramsay Pattullo Posy of flowers 1 Eilidh Petrie
  2 Rosie Duncan   2 Lucy Duncan
  3 Anna McGoldrick   3 Ellen Lacoux

Adult Competition

Box of 5 Veg Tricia Neville 6 Potatoes Phil Lacoux
Salad Items Tricia Neville 3 Squash Gordon Nicoll
Posy of Herbs Juliette McSwan 6 Sweet peas Gordon Nicoll
3 Dahlias Tricia Neville Cottage garden flowers Cathy and Barry Caudwell
10 Soft Fruit Cathy and Barry Caudwell 4 Stone Fruit Claudia Lacoux
Humerous Veg Faff Cumming Best in Show Tricia Neville

 

We were also joined by two families of Syrian friends who are part of the refugee resettlement scheme and living in Dundee. They prepared some classic Syrian food which complimented the grand spread of the traditional barbeque and tray bakes.

Live music was provided by local musicians and refreshments by the Abernyte Brewery.  The weather was not perfect but it did not dampen the enthusiasm on the day.

Congratulations are due to all involved in the staging and running of the event which made a little over £2000 to be donated to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund.