Category Archives: World News

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk, says Unicef

Millions aged under five are particularly at risk from the slash and burn fires due to undeveloped immune systems Indonesian forest fires are putting nearly 10 million children at risk due to air pollution, the United Nations has warned. The … Continue reading

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Ireland breaking WHO air quality directions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that Ireland needs to accelerate progress towards clean energy and environmentally-friendly transport options. The agency made the recommendations in its Air Quality Report for 2018, which has been launched today to coincide with … Continue reading

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Smoke-laced smog envelops Phuket

Phuket awakes today enveloped by an eerie sea of smoke-laced mist and smog – a combination of light winds, smoke blowing up the Malacca Strait from the Indonesian plantation fires and low seasonal cloud. The conditions have reduced visibility generally … Continue reading

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Unrelenting haze makes 40 spots in Malaysia unhealthy

Hazy conditions in the country worsened today as smoke billowing from Indonesian fires surpassed levels not seen since 2015. According to the Department of Environment’s Air Pollutant Index (API) this morning, 40 areas across the country were firmly in the … Continue reading

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Southern Thailand smog well above safe levels

Hat Yai, the main city in Songkhla, has been among the worst hit by the smog engulfing parts of southern Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo. The business district of Hat Yai has been hard … Continue reading

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Singapore cracks world’s top 10 most-polluted cities as haze continues

Indonesian fires choking this part of the region have shot Singapore into the top 10 rankings of the world’s most polluted cities, according to live data from global air quality monitoring firm AirVisual this morning. Our haze situation remains firmly … Continue reading

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These areas have the worst air pollution in South Africa

While the main culprits may not surprise you, the bronze prize for pollution goes to a newcomer. The two regions in South Africa with the worst air pollution are repeat offenders and will not cause much surprise, but the area … Continue reading

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Kuching declared ‘world’s most air-polluted city’ – and KL is not far behind

Due to the worsening haze in southwestern Sarawak, Kuching has earned the title of the most air-polluted city in the world. This is the second time in a week that a Malaysian city has topped the list of the world’s … Continue reading

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