Category Archives: Middle East

One-third of countries lack air quality standards, says report

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has revealed that one-third of countries have no legally mandated outdoor air quality standards. It also noted that where such laws exist, standards vary widely and are often misaligned with World … Continue reading

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New research finds 1M deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion

An interdisciplinary group of researchers from across the globe has comprehensively examined the sources and health effects of air pollution—not just on a global scale, but also individually for more than 200 countries. They found that worldwide, more than one … Continue reading

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Air pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5

Over half the world’s population lives without the protection of proper air quality standards Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air … Continue reading

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Iran Air Pollution Claims 30,000 Lives Every Year

Growing population and consumerism has taken a harsh toll on the environment, the DOE chief says, stressing that none of Iran’s industries is eco-friendly Toxic air pollution in Iranian metropolises is twice as lethal as road crashes, as it annually … Continue reading

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Red Sea huge source of air pollution, greenhouse gases: study

Hydrocarbon gases bubbling from the bottom of the Red Sea are polluting the atmosphere at a rate equivalent to the emissions of some large fossil fuel exporting countries, researchers said Tuesday. The gases seeping from the waters — which are … Continue reading

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How Afghan officials are tackling Kabul’s ‘hazardous’ pollution

Afghan officials have begun cracking down on local businesses thought to be the main contributors to air pollution in the capital to battle a crisis that has reached “hazardous” levels. The owners of wedding halls, public baths, and property management … Continue reading

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Tehran air pollution forces week-long school closure

Schools in Iran’s Tehran province have been ordered shut until Friday due to severe air pollution, authorities announced, extending their closure to a full week. Tehran city was cloaked by thick toxic smog for a third successive day on Monday … Continue reading

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Polluted air in Iran sends over 12,800 citizens to hospitals

Air pollution has caused respiratory and cardiac problems for residents of big cities of the country over the past few days, sending 12,838 people to hospitals, Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Emergency Medical Services Organization said. High concentration of particulate matter … Continue reading

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