Tag Archives: toxic air pollution

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

London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

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Air pollution monitoring equipment on Marylebone Road. London has 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Sadiq Khan says capital will not be included in the chancellor’s £220m clean air fund despite having 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales

November 23, 2017 — London cannot bid for a £220m clean air fund announced in the budget – despite being home to 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales, Sadiq Khan revealed on Thursday. Continue reading London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

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Participants make their way along Rajpath during the Delhi half marathon Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels

November 19, 2017 — Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. Continue reading ‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles
Nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles, has been illegally high in most urban parts of Britain since 2010. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers accused of ‘stubborn failure’ to tackle widespread and illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year

November 7, 2017 — The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year. Continue reading UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

30 injured in blast at chemical recycling plant in Spain

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The blast in Arganda del Rey sends up a huge column of black smoke, but emergency services say several air quality measuring stations in the area showed normal readings, easing concerns about toxic pollution

MADRID, Spain (May 4, 2017) — At least 30 people were injured Thursday, May 4, three of them seriously, in an explosion at recycling site for hazardous chemical waste near Madrid, forcing the evacuation of nearby schools, authorities said. Continue reading 30 injured in blast at chemical recycling plant in Spain

Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers

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Vehicles on the Marylebone Road in London. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Authors of Can Clean Air Make You Happy? say exposure to nitrogen dioxide can be as damaging as ‘big-hitting’ life events

April 17, 2017 — The effect on well being of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests. Continue reading Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers

New Delhi targets older diesel vehicles to clear up choking smog

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Traffic drives through smog in Delhi, November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Licenses given to diesel-powered vehicles more than 15 years old are being withdrawn, which would lead to the removal of 200,000 vehicles from the city’s roads

November 8, 2016 — Authorities in New Delhi began revoking licenses for thousands of older diesel vehicles on Tuesday and halted construction work on the underground rail network, as air pollution remained several times over the safety limit.  Continue reading New Delhi targets older diesel vehicles to clear up choking smog