Tag Archives: Air Quality Index (AQI)

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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India’s first early warning system in Ahmedabad aims to reduce health impact of air pollution 

An early warning system will notify people of excessive air pollution days as part of the response plan, while medical professionals will be trained to respond to emergencies. The first Indian monitoring and early warning system for air pollution was … Continue reading

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EPA issues air pollution warning for southern Taiwan

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) issued an air pollution warning on Thursday for southern Taiwan the following day. It forecast that the air quality index (AQI) in the cities and counties of Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung would flash … Continue reading

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Kolkata set to beat Delhi in noxious city air 

This winter, Kolkata seems to be aiming hard for the crown for the most polluted Indian metro city, a dubious pole position currently held by New Delhi. Kolkata’s air pollution at the end of December was in the same category … Continue reading

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