Category Archives: Asia

International travelers experience the harmful effects of air pollution

Even a short stay for travelers in cities with high levels of air pollution leads to breathing problems that can take at least a week from which to recover, a new study shows. Led by researchers at NYU School of … Continue reading

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Scientists zoom-in on the effects of air pollution at the molecular level

Air pollution threatens the health of more than 90% of the world’s population — and it all starts with changes triggered at the molecular level. In a newly published study which followed pollution levels before, during, and after the 2008 … Continue reading

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Dust storm increases air pollution level in city, experts blame low-velocity winds

The early morning voters encountered a partially cloudy sky with dust storm blowing during the mid-morning hours. On Sunday, the pollution levels in the city deteriorated with the AQI (air quality index) recorded at 376 (very poor), according to the … Continue reading

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Dust, high temperatures bring Delhi’s air quality down to ‘poor’

The Aravalli range plays a critical role in checking sand migration from the Thar Desert to Delhi-NCR; but they now stand degraded Since the evening of May 6, the particulate matter 10 (PM10) concentration in Delhi has plunged to the … Continue reading

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Gasping for air in Kabul

In winter, Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, is not for the faint-hearted—below-zero temperatures are not uncommon and snowfalls are frequent and sometimes heavy. With an average temperature of -1°C, January is the coldest month, with occasional drops to -25°C. Located at … Continue reading

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High-emission Vehicles to be Restricted from Downtown Seoul

High-emission vehicles will be restricted from the center of Seoul beginning in July this year, as part of the municipal government’s new policy measures to reduce fine dust pollution in the capital, it was announced Monday. Grade 5 emission vehicles, … Continue reading

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Haze causes thousands to fall ill in North

More than 8,600 residents in northern Thailand have sought treatment for haze-related respiratory illnesses since January, according to the National Health Security Office (NHSO). Since February, air concentrations of PM2.5 pollutants in the northern provinces have soared beyond the safe … Continue reading

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Northern Thailand’s Air Quality Index Reaches Extremely Hazardous Levels

The worst air quality was in Chiang Rai where the air quality index (AQI) in tambon Wiang Phang Kham in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai stands at 316. Provincial Governors in Northern Thailand are being urged to step up measures against … Continue reading

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