Category Archives: Latin America

Mexico City declares pollution alert, postpones football semi-final

Mexico City declared an environmental alert Tuesday, ordering vehicles off the road and postponing the semi-finals of the first-division football league as a blanket of smog enveloped the sprawling capital. A series of wildfires on the city’s outskirts have combined … Continue reading

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Mexico’s wildfires make Mexico City air pollution more hazardous

Dozens of wildfires have broken out in Mexico over the past week, sending plumes of smoke drifting far beyond the burn sites to blanket population centers, including Mexico City, home to 21 million people. Officials in Mexico City have declared … Continue reading

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Mexico City pollution: Residents urged to stay indoors

Officials in Mexico City have declared an environmental emergency after air pollution in the Mexican capital reached levels potentially dangerous to human health. They urged those at particular risk to stay indoors and restricted the number of cars which can … Continue reading

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Brazilian city’s pollution spreads to untouched Amazon rainforest

Pollution from Manaus is affecting pristine areas of the Amazon rainforest Particles interfere with cloud formation causing changes in rainfall patterns in the region The same could be happening in areas of Africa and South-East Asia The pollution plume produced … Continue reading

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Bogotá’s air quality improves, but vehicular restrictions still in effect

If you felt like you could walk that extra mile along the Ciclovía on Sunday, and breathing at 2,860 meters above sea level was that much easier, the reason according to the mayoralty, is that the city’s air quality did … Continue reading

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WHO says air pollution kills 600,000 children every year

Air pollution kills an estimated 600,000 children every year and causing symptoms ranging from loss of intelligence to obesity and ear infections but there is a limited amount parents can do, a World Health Organization report said on Monday. Parents … Continue reading

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Diverting diesel trucks spared lungs in Sao Paulo

The positive health outcomes of the intervention could guide the formulation of similar transport polices in other cities. In densely populated cities like Sao Paulo, many vehicles running on diesel such as commercial trucks, vans, and buses circulate right by … Continue reading

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90 percent of world’s population breathes badly polluted air: WHO

Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills seven million people each year, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) study. Nine out of every 10 people on … Continue reading

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