Category Archives: Asia

China includes more cities in air pollution rankings to pressure local officials

China extended monthly air quality rankings to 169 cities from 74, including in the high-pollution region of Shanxi-Shaanxi in the country’s northwest, adding pressure on local authorities as it intensifies its campaign against air pollution. Cities in the Fenwei plains … Continue reading

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China’s ozone levels hit record high in June: Greenpeace

Concentrations of lung-damaging ozone hit a record high in China in June, rising 11 percent from the same month last year, environment group Greenpeace said on Wednesday, citing official data. Despite China’s four-year battle against air pollution, ozone has become … Continue reading

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Expansion of Odd-Even Policy Reduces Air Pollution in Jakarta

Head of Jakarta Environment Department Isnawa Adji claimed the air quality in Jakarta has improved after the expansion of odd-even policy since July 2. “In general, all parameters of air quality in Jakarta are still below the quality standard. But … Continue reading

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Asian residents are exposed to nine times more air pollution than Americans or Europeans

According to the World Health Organisation, about 88 percent of premature deaths in low- and middle-income countries in Asia can be attributed to air pollution. The number of road vehicles in Beijing increased from 1.5 million in 2000 to more … Continue reading

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Forest fires cause pollution worse than that in toxic cities, says NRSC study

NRSC found that such high-magnitude events had the potential to destroy a wide variety of flora and fauna as the levels of pollution become higher than those in some highly polluted cities.   As massive fires engulfed forests in Uttarakhand last … Continue reading

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Beijing is tackling air pollution at street level

Beijing just announced a new policy to control the number of cars without local licences on the road in order to ease traffic and reduce air pollution. Starting November 1 next year, people can no longer drive cars with non-Beijing … Continue reading

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Smoke from El Niño fires subdued dawn chorus in Singapore

In 2015 the El Niño drought brought severe fires to Indonesia’s forests and peatlands. The resulting air pollution spread across much of Southeast Asia. Now a study has linked the haze to changes in the dawn chorus some 300 km … Continue reading

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Delhi’s air pollution still ‘severe’

Although Delhi’s pollution level has decreased, the severity of the situation continues to exist for the sixth consecutive day. The pollution level that dipped to ‘severe plus’ state has come to ‘severe’ category due to rapid dispersion of pollutants, Centre-run … Continue reading

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