Category Archives: World News

Air pollution becomes Afghanistan’s silent killer

From a distance, giant khaki blankets appear to smother Kabul’s spectacular mountainside. Visitors may even be enthralled by the phenomenon. Only when near the suburbs, however, do they realize the enveloping layer is thick smog of dirt and fumes. A … Continue reading

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Smog blankets Bangkok as experts warn of serious threat to public health

Bangkok has been engulfed by smog for the past few days as experts warn of the threat to public health if the unhealthy air quality levels persist. The authorities must take the air pollution problem in the Thai capital seriously … Continue reading

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Haze returns to city as long holiday ends

Air pollution caused by dust is set to worsen again in the capital, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) has warned. The ultrafine dust returned to Bangkok on Sunday, with 21 areas reporting air pollution exceeding the “safety limits”, according to … Continue reading

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Study finds that severe air pollution affects the productivity of workers

Economists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have completed an extensive study revealing that exposure to air pollution over several weeks is not just unhealthy, it can also reduce employee productivity.   Associate Professor Alberto Salvo from the Department … Continue reading

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Delhi air pollution surges to emergency levels

Air quality index at 12 times US government-recommended level and visibility low Delhi residents woke to a thick, grey smog on Thursday as air pollution in the Indian capital surged to emergency levels. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board’s air … Continue reading

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China’s war on particulate air pollution is causing more severe ozone pollution

PM 2.5 pollution is falling but ground-level ozone pollution is on the rise In early 2013, the Chinese government declared a war on air pollution and began instituting stringent policies to regulate the emissions of fine particulate matter, a pollutant … Continue reading

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Kaohsiung ranks as having worst PM2.5 levels in Taiwan in 2018

Kaohsiung ranked as having worst PM2.5 air pollution of any city in Taiwan in 2018, though it saw a 24% decrease over previous year Kaohsiung City was ranked as having the worst levels of PM2.5 air pollution out of all … Continue reading

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Cyclists ‘exposed to less air pollution than drivers’ on busy routes

Study shows people in cars and buses spend longer in toxic air, as do walkers on main roads Cyclists are the least exposed to air pollution on daily commutes into a congested city centre, research has shown. People in cars … Continue reading

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