Category Archives: Latin America

Colombia Air Pollution Costs Bogotá up to $1 Billion USD Per Year, Says Study

Air pollution cost Bogotá nearly $1 billion USD in 2014 in the form of premature deaths, heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness, and other complications, according to a recent study from researchers at Colombia’s Universidad La Salle. While transportation — particularly the … Continue reading

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Mexico City faces worst air pollution in two decades

Mexico City is facing the worst air pollution in almost two decades, prompting the authorities to maintain environmental protection measures for the fifth day in a row. The city’s environmental commission said in a statement that the alarm against the … Continue reading

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Peru’s plans to cut air quality rules would smooth sale of top polluter 

Proposals to raise legal limits of sulfur dioxide by more than 12 times linked directly to sale of US-owned smelter in the Andes It’s a fairly common tactic in Peru to issue a significant or potentially controversial decision or resolution … Continue reading

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Red alert: Medellin air pollution kills 6 times more people than guns

Breathing in Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, has become such a health hazard that the local government on Wednesday declared a red alert. The red alert seeks to lower smog levels that reportedly cost eight lives a day, more than six times the … Continue reading

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Here are some of the world’s worst cities for air quality 

Trying to get away from airborne ammonia? Don’t linger in Lagos or Delhi. If you’re bent on avoiding ozone, you might want to add Beijing, Karachi, and Los Angeles to your list. These are some of the cities with the … Continue reading

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From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

In late 2016, Madrid’s Mayor Manuela Carmena reiterated her plan to kick personal cars out of the city center. On Spanish radio network Cadena Ser, she confirmed that Madrid’s main avenue, the Gran Vía, will only allow access to bikes, … Continue reading

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Plan to reduce air pollution chokes in Mexico City: Study finds Saturday driving restrictions fail to improve air quality 

Decades ago Mexico City’s air pollution was so poor, birds would fall out of the sky — dead. Locals said living there was like smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, according to one report. In response, Mexico City took … Continue reading

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Agricultural fires in Brazil harm infant health, a warning for the developing world

Pollution from the controlled fires that burn across Brazil’s São Paulo state during the sugarcane-harvesting season has a negative impact on infant health nearby. But the health of those same infants likely benefits from the economic opportunities the fires bring … Continue reading

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