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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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90 percent of world’s population breathes badly polluted air: WHO

Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills seven million people each year, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) study. Nine out of every 10 people on … Continue reading

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The 20 Worst air polluting cities worldwide 

The World Health Organisation has warned that over 80% of people in urban areas around the world are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution with risk greater in lower and middle-income countries. Air pollution is the greatest environmental risk … Continue reading

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Air pollution rising at an ‘alarming rate’ in world’s cities 

Outdoor pollution has risen 8% in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, WHO data shows Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now … Continue reading

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Middle East conflict ‘drastically altered’ air pollution levels in region – study

War, humanitarian catastrophe and economic crises in the Middle East have drastically altered air pollution levels in the region, according to a new study. In major cities across Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt, the levels of nitrogen oxides have dropped … Continue reading

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12 million cars causing air pollution, say experts

Experts at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) have suggested that the relation between air and car pollution is evident and increases with the number of cars on the roads. As the number of cars increases so do the emissions because … Continue reading

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Hazy road to Mecca: Severe air pollution spikes during yearly pilgrimage

Dangerously high levels of air pollutants are being released in Mecca during the hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage in which millions of Muslims on foot and in vehicles converge on the Saudi Arabian city, according to findings reported today at … Continue reading

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Air pollution fears at holy sites

Pilgrims visiting the holy sites of Saudi Arabia, including Mecca, are being exposed to significant air pollution, with high levels of combustion tracer carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) detected in samples, a new study shows. Several one-minute … Continue reading

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