Tag Archives: air pollution

Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

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Dust from a storm covers the horizon on the outskirts of New Delhi, 9 June 2018. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

Dust storms come months before the start of city’s traditional ‘pollution season’

June 15, 2018 — Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices has blanketed the Indian capital this week, months before the start of Delhi’s traditional “pollution season”. Continue reading Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

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Poor People’s Campaign holds a protest on Capitol Hill to demand healthcare and a healthy environment. 04 June 2018. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis

June 11, 2018 — The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, poverty and militarism. But the modern version has also opened up a new battleground – the environment. Continue reading Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

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In Beijing the modern city beyond the Imperial City’s north gate is visible under a clear sky during the period assessed, 2013-16. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

WHO database lowers Beijing’s particulate ranking from 40th worst in world to 187th, as coal plants flagged as key culprit

May 24, 2018 — Beijing is slowly shedding its image as the world’s most polluted city. In 2013, it ranked as the 40th worst city for the particulate PM2.5 in the World Health Organisation global database. Four years on, thanks in part to a crackdown on polluters, it stands in 187th place. Continue reading Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

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One in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run, government figures show. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian

Government urged to take steps to reduce the impact of toxic air on vulnerable children

May 21, 2018 — Clean-air campaigners have written to the government calling for a ban on parents driving their children to school in an attempt to cut down on toxic levels of air pollution. Continue reading Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

Pollutionwatch: do face masks really prevent the ill effects of pollution

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A polluted day in Beijing in April 2018. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Scientists tested nine different masks bought from Beijing, with variable results

May 10, 2018 — We are all familiar with images of Beijing citizens wearing masks, but do they work? Scientists from Edinburgh’s Institute for Occupational Medicine tested nine different masks Continue reading Pollutionwatch: do face masks really prevent the ill effects of pollution

Donald Trump is hampering fight against climate change, WEF warns

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Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

World Economic Forum outlines huge increase in all five eco risks since the US president assumed office

January 18, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. Continue reading Donald Trump is hampering fight against climate change, WEF warns

Building boom in China’s tropics as Beijing’s ‘smog refugees’ flee toxic air

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Property developers are cashing in on the clean lung boom, building apartments in Xishuangbanna prefecture in Yunnan province. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Jaded urbanites keen to outrun hustle and bustle of country’s big smoke put down roots near border with Myanmar and Laos

January 10, 2018 — It was on 3 January last year, days after Beijing’s last major airpocalypse, that Ji Feng began to put into action his plan to escape one of the world’s most polluted cities. Continue reading Building boom in China’s tropics as Beijing’s ‘smog refugees’ flee toxic air

Pollutionwatch: reducing sulphur emissions saves lives – and forests

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How we were: steam billows from Ferrybridge, Eggborough and Drax coal fired power stations, in Yorkshire, photographed in January 2009. All have been modified, adapted to multifuel or demolished – to be replaced by cleaner alternatives. Photograph: Alamy

We used to worry more about acid rain than about climate change. It took years but the agreements made in the Gothenburg Protocol have made a difference

January 7, 2018 — Today we focus our concern on climate change, but 40 years ago it was acid rain and forest die-back that dominated our air and environment debate. In 1977, a new measurement Continue reading Pollutionwatch: reducing sulphur emissions saves lives – and forests

Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

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MASKED MEN. This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows Sri Lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution during the second day of the third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (Dec. 5, 2017) — Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. Continue reading Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

Black Friday to cause spikes in air pollution and plastic waste

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Drivers wait to deliver Black Friday goods at Dunstable Amazon fulfilment centre in the UK. Photograph: Tony Margiocchi/Barcroft Images

The shopping frenzy will see 82,000 diesel delivery vans on UK streets, with plastic toys and electronic goods among the most popular purchases

November 24, 2017 — The online shopping frenzy of the Black Friday weekend will see 82,000 diesel vans and trucks on UK roads, raising concerns of air pollution spikes on residential streets as more than £7bn of purchases are delivered. Continue reading Black Friday to cause spikes in air pollution and plastic waste