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Air quality worsens in Greece as recession bites

air pollution monitor at the national observatory
An air pollution monitor at the National Observatory, in front of the Athens Acropolis. To keep warm Greeks are burning anything from branches to old furniture – which has helped create a blanket of smog over the Greek capital. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters

The ban on diesel cars in Athens and Thessaloniki has been lifted and the price of heating oil has tripled. Hard-pressed Greeks have turned to burning logs – and other things

October 30, 2016 — Greece’s financial recession is leaving its footprint on the environment. This follows twenty years of huge improvements in Greece’s air pollution. While most European Continue reading Air quality worsens in Greece as recession bites

80% of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air

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AIR POLLUTION. Vehicles travel through a main thoroughfare during a smoggy day in Beijing, China, April 13, 2016. File photo by Wu Hong/EPA

WHO also discovers that air quality is generally improving in Europe and North America, but worsening in the Middle East and Southeast Asia

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 12, 2016) — Over 80% of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday, May 12. Continue reading 80% of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

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HEALTH HAZARD. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in Shandong, China, amid heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. File photo by AFP
The business climate improves for manufacturers of face masks, air purifiers, and pollution monitors

DONGLIU, China (Mar. 7, 2016) — The steel plants and cement factories scattered across China’s Shandong province have made it one of the most contaminated areas of the world’s biggest polluter. But for one company, that just makes the business climate better.

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