Category Archives: Asia

Hong Kong air quality at unhealthy levels; children and elderly told to stay indoors

Many areas in Hong Kong experienced high levels of smog on Monday (Jan 22), five days after local media first reported heavy air pollution there. Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department reported on Monday that “higher than normal” pollution levels were recorded. As of … Continue reading

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Bangkok choked with air pollution: deputy governor

Bangkok’s busy business areas are being choked with air pollution, with concentrations of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) much higher than safe standards, Bangkok officials warned on Thursday. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) deputy governor Suwanna Jungrungruang raised the … Continue reading

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Pollution blankets Hong Kong on Wednesday, with air quality hitting very unhealthy levels in some parts

Pollution blankets Hong Kong on Wednesday, with air quality hitting very unhealthy levels in some parts The environmental authority said an airstream was transporting pollutants to the territory, but rain and cloudier weather in the coming days might lower pollution … Continue reading

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Smog returns across north days after China claims progress in winter pollution campaign

Air quality readings above 400 mark in Shanxi and well over level considered harmful to health in other cities in the region Smog blanketing northern China has pushed air quality readings in Shanxi province well past the level deemed hazardous … Continue reading

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Seoul issues emergency pollution measures

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is set to waive public transportation fees during peak commute hours on Monday to mitigate the worsening air quality brought on by fine dust particles. The fee waiver is part of emergency measures that went into … Continue reading

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Residential biomass burning deadliest source of air pollution, reveals study

Of the total 1.1 million deaths related to air pollution in 2015, the highest number was due to residential biomass fuel burning, study says Residential biomass burning was responsible for at least 267,700 deaths in 2015, or nearly 25% of … Continue reading

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Taiwan to phase out fuel-powered motorcycles

Facing great air pollution pressure, Taiwan aims to phase out fuel-powered motorbikes by 2035. With a population of some 23 million, Taiwan is home to about 14 million motorcycles, the highest density of motorcycles in the world. It is estimated … Continue reading

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Severe air pollution chokes Mongolia amid harsh winters

With thousands of families burning coal to survive in arctic temperatures, Mongolia is now home to the most poisonous air on the planet. Air pollution in China and India often makes international headlines, but in one country air quality is … Continue reading

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