Category Archives: Asia

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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China’s nationwide pollution readings rose 5 percent in January-February – ministry

China’s average concentrations of lung-damaging small particles known as PM2.5 rose by 5.2 percent in the first two months of the year, the country’s environment ministry said on Thursday, casting doubt over its ability to meet winter targets. The nation’s … Continue reading

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7 districts in Taichung, Taiwan exposed to 8 cancerous air pollutants

7 districts of Taichung, Taiwan exposed to high concentrations of 8 carcinogens in air A study of air pollution in Taichung City has found that seven districts contain unacceptable levels of PM2.5 and eight first-level airborne carcinogens, reported SETN. On … Continue reading

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Week kicks off with more choking haze and cancelled flights in the north

From Nan to Mae Hong Son, Phrae, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, choking smog continues to be a persistent problem and part of daily life in the North, where more than 400 brushfire hotspots have now been identified. Most of … Continue reading

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Air pollution raises diabetes risk in China: study

Long-term exposure to harmful smog particles increases the risk of diabetes, a new study in China has shown, providing evidence for a link between the country’s air pollution and the disease. China is facing the largest diabetes problem in the … Continue reading

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Jakarta has most polluted air in Southeast Asia: Study

Jakarta ranks first as city with the worst air quality in Southeast Asia last year, a recent study has shown. The study by Greenpeace and AirVisual IQ published on March 5, monitored air quality in hundreds of cities across the … Continue reading

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