Tag Archives: Air Quality Index (AQI)

How people respond to wildfire smoke

As wildfires become commonplace in the western U.S. and around the world, checking the daily air quality warning has become as routine as checking the weather. But what people do with that data — whether it drives them to slip … 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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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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Diagnosing urban air pollution exposure with new precision

A new review of studies on levels of urban exposure to airborne pollutants and their effects on human health suggests that advanced instrumentation and information technology will soon allow researchers and policymakers to gauge the health risks of air pollution … Continue reading

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Air pollution affects happiness not just health, scientists find 

Air pollution is not just bad for health also makes people unhappy, a new study has shown. Researchers at MIT and the University of Beijing discovered a direct link between the amount of particulates in the air and happiness. Research … Continue reading

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Living with air pollution

People wearing smoke masks, children going stir-crazy indoors, families driving hours to find fresh air. Alarming as it is to some, unhealthy air enveloping the San Francisco Bay Area in recent days is all too familiar to millions of people … Continue reading

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World’s Worst Air Pollution Spikes as Indians Go Firecracker Crazy

Air pollution levels skyrocketed in New Delhi and left India’s capital shrouded in toxic smog as millions of Indians set off firecrackers on Wednesday evening for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The air quality index, or AQI, hit 980 … Continue reading

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After brief respite, Delhi again turns breathless

A thick blanket of haze enveloped the National Capital on Sunday and the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded “very poor” levels. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed … Continue reading

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