Man hole cover for sewer entry with iron grate on street in a city

Sewage dumping from fisheries in Agrado de Penuelas

Illegal waste dumping is a common problem that can be challenging to tackle, as in this case of waste from fisheries in Chile. The sources are difficult to trace, even though the final effects are easy to see. D-NOSES proposes to use the human nose, our best and most versatile odour detection system, in a bid to help authorities track down and resolve the problems. […]

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D-NOSES and Chicken Farms

Not to get too philosophical, but if no one is there to smell it, does a bad odour exist? But moving industry to new remote locations is usually a prohibitive investment. In other words, the best thing to do is to avoid problems by ensuring that industries and residential areas are kept at safe distances from each other. It is then heartening to see that planners are learning from past experiences to improve the way they assess applications for new developments. Taking into account the cumulative effect of farms is already a great step into a wider ecological systems thinking. […]

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Case: Creamery in the Countryside

‘Fishy smell’ from creamery prompts uproar in Cornwall village.
When odour emitters ignore their neighbours, things can become difficult, as the owners of a creamery found out a while ago in the UK.
“If it was the occasional whiff it would be fine, you expect that living in the country, but now it’s all the time” […]

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From citizen collected data to scientific data: Validation

The validation of the data is a vital component of the D-NOSES method and citizen science in general. Only if we can show that the data is reliable can we expect the relevant stakeholders to take appropriate action. Various techniques are used in the D-NOSES pilots to ensure the collection of reliable scientific data from regular citizens. […]

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Announcing the D-NOSES Policy Brief

The complexity of the odour pollution question can make it difficult for stakeholders to fully grasp the issues. To support local decision-makers, emitting industries and affected citizens in understanding the key facts, D-NOSES has published a policy brief entitled “Odour pollution – A growing societal concern”. The aim is to give readers a short, four-page introduction to the issues and explain the practical value of the proposed D-NOSES solution. […]

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SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE - JANUARY 26, 2018: Intense traffic on Avenida La Alameda, the most important street in Santiago de Chile. In the background, the flag of Citizenship Square

Chile: Odours are Pollution

Chile recently proposed to classify odours as pollution, at least partially due to 2 odour related crisis events that caught the attention of the nation. In statements, proponents of the law advocated the need to measure the impact of persistent odours on affected communities to avoid similar problems in the future. […]

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Citizen Science in Society

As digital technologies reach more people and make advanced tools more accessible, Citizen Science has increasingly been used to address practical problems affecting communities, with a particular focus on environmental issues. D-NOSES believes that citizen science, given the appropriate methods, can and should be taken seriously at a scientific as well as policy level. […]

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Principle 10 and the Right to Create Data

Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration provides access to relevant environmental data. But what if the data does not exist? Citizens must be given the ability to create valid scientific data that can support their interests in environmental issues, and is taken seriously at a policy level. […]

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Odours and Affected Populations

Growing recognition persistent odours as a serious problem is another sign that the time has come to introduce common sense odour controls that work to protect exposed populations. D-NOSES will play a part by collecting data and evidence of the problems, as well as suggesting creative pathways to fair and balanced solutions using a multi-level, and stakeholder inclusive odour governance model. […]

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