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A flock of pigeons are monitoring London's pollution levels

Sonya Barber

Pigeons get a bad rep in London, but now those plucky little guys are finally getting their chance to shine. Pigeon Air Patrol is a new initiative that's trying to tackle London's ever-increasing levels of pollution by recruiting a bunch of pigeons to monitor our city's skies. They've sent out ten pigeons, which have been kitted out with tiny pollution-monitoring backpacks so that they can feed back their findings to folks on the ground.

If you want to know how polluted your area is, you can check out the live map, or you can just tweet your location to @PigeonAir to get an instant response from the eyes in the sky. 

The stunt is part of a crowdfunding campaign by air quality monitoring firm Plume Labs, which is raising money to produce more whizzy technology that could help make our city a little less smoggy.

Find out more about the crowdfunding campaign.

In other aerial news, someone's done a base jump from the top of The Shard.

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