Category Archives: Middle East

London’s quality of life ranking slips over pollution and traffic 

London has slipped down a list of the best cities in the world for quality of life due to high levels of traffic and pollution. The capital placed 40th in the 19th annual Mercer Quality of Life Survey. London was … Continue reading

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Excessive air pollution from South to North

South winds carried sand and dust from Sinai that covered most of the country; An Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Ben Gurion Airport had to turn back due to the unusual amount of dust in the air. The smog … Continue reading

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Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good 

In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research Who says exercise is always good for … Continue reading

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Which cities have the worst air pollution levels in the world?

Air pollution hit the headlines earlier this week after it was reported that levels in London were worse than those in Beijing for a brief period on Monday. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), London is just a … Continue reading

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Iran: Unprecedented Death Toll, Due to Air Pollution in the Capital City

Tehran is currently engulfed in thick, yellow smog, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people. The noxious cloud has surrounded the city for almost a week now; due to the public health risk, officials ordered the schools closed last … Continue reading

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As a Noxious Smog Descends, Tehran Tries to Ignore It

This week, as a yellow blanket of smog settled in for what is typically a winter-long stay, Reza Shajiee, a prominent hipster socialite, posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a gas mask under his motorcycle helmet. The text … Continue reading

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Schools shut in Tehran over air pollution

Officials in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have ordered the closure of kindergartens and elementary schools for a second consecutive day as heavy pollution continues to blanket the city of some 12 million. Members of Tehran’s Air Pollution Emergency Committee decided … Continue reading

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Dust Pollution Reaches Dangerous Levels in Several Iranian Provinces

The air pollution caused by haze and particles in Iran’s western, southwestern, central, and southeastern provinces has reached hazardous levels. Air conditions are alarming in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan as its air pollution levels have risen … Continue reading

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