Air pollution

In 2012, seven million people died worldwide because of air pollution. It is one of the most serious threats to public health, according to the World Health Organisation.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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Air pollution is a global pandemic that’s underway. It’s a major health challenge yet nobody talks about it. It affects everyone but we usually ignore it cause we can’t actually “see” it. Now it’s time to talk about it and find a way to solve it together.

Romain Lacombe just stepped down as Head of Innovation and Development of Etalab (, the French Prime Minister’s task force for Open Government Data, which he helped create in 2011 after authoring a seminal report on Open Data’s potential for France.

At Etalab, Romain focused on policy delivery, startups outreach and international relations, representing his country in G8 Open Data Charter technical negotiations in 2013 and coordinating France’s recent adhesion to the Open Government Partnership.

A former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, environmental researcher and World Bank consultant, Romain graduated in physics, applied mathematics and economics from Ecole Polytechnique and holds a MS in Technology Policy from MIT where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is now launching an Internet of Things startup for greener cities.

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