Updated 9:48 pm PST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, photo, people take early morning walk amidst smog in New Delhi, India. Authorities have ordered fire services to sprinkle water from high rise building to settle dust particles and stop burning of garbage and building activity in the Indian capital as the air quality hovered between severe and very poor this week posing a serious health hazard for millions of people. less In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, photo, people take early morning walk amidst smog in New Delhi, India. Authorities have ordered fire services to sprinkle water from high rise building to settle dust particles ... more Photo: Manish Swarup, AP Photo: Manish Swarup, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 In this … [Read more...] about Indian firefighters battle air pollution in New Delhi
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NEW DELHI: Shifting the morning assembly of students indoors, mandating them to wear masks during outdoor activities and distributing gooseberries are among the measures taken by schools in Delhi and adjoining areas to deal with the alarming level of air pollution. With Delhi's air quality expected to deteriorate further post Diwali, several schools have started taking precautionary measures. "We have quality filters in place because of which all our classrooms receive treated fresh air throughout the working hours and a professional team is monitoring this," said Deepa Kumar, principal, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon. "We are also closely monitoring and recording PM2.5 (particulate matter) levels, with checks being conducted every few hours. This information helps guide our outdoor activities," she said. The air quality in Delhi has oscillated between 'very poor' and 'severe' for nearly three weeks now. On Sunday, it showed some improvement to fall in the 'poor' … [Read more...] about Delhi schools preparing students for worsening air pollution
Viet Nam News ByDr. Delphine Natali* Air pollution is a growing problem in Hà Nội. According to GreenID, during the first trimester of 2018, the average level of air pollution was four times higher than the acceptable levels defined by the WHO. Find out what air pollution is, how it affects your health and how you can protect yourself. What is air pollution? Air is invisible but vital for animals and humans to breathe and plants to grow. Air is a mixture of gases and consists of mainly nitrogen (N2) with 78 per cent and oxygen (O2) with 21 per cent. Air also contains water vapor. Sources of air pollution can be natural (for example, volcanic activity) or due to human activity (such as industry, road traffic, agriculture and residential emission.). There are numerous air pollutants. The most dangerous are sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxyde (CO) and ozone (O3). The smaller the PM are, the deeper they can … [Read more...] about Protecting yourself from air pollution
TOXIC air pollution can cause serious health problems including stunted lung growth and cancer, experts say. But what causes the toxic air and what is are the measures being called for to tackle it? Where in London has the worst smog? Central London tends to have the worst smog as it is the most heavily built-up area. Pollution can build up in London when it becomes trapped between buildings, especially during still weather. Enclosed streets with large amounts of diesel traffic tend to be the worst-hit. The City of London is the worst-hit area, with 8.3 per cent of deaths caused by manmade pollution in 2013 and 14. Surrounding boroughs Camden, Islington, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Southwark all came in around the 7 per cent mark. Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea also neared 8 per cent each. Boroughs furthest from the city centre are the least at risk of smog. What is toxic air pollution and how is it caused? Hazardous pollutants from industrial facilities … [Read more...] about Where in London has the worst smog, what is toxic air pollution and how has the heatwave affected health levels?
A crackdown on wood burning stoves is at the centre of a Government drive to reduce air pollution as ministers deem it the UK’s biggest environmental threat to human health. Under a new clean air strategy to be announced on Tuesday, wood burners that pump out too much smoke will be banned from sale, along with certain types of car tyres and brakes, cleaning solvents, fertilisers and solid fuels. Writing in Tuesday's Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, and Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, promise that Britain will set a “gold standard” in air quality after Brexit by going “further and faster” than proposed EU changes to regulations. They say air pollution is the fourth-biggest... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per … [Read more...] about Crackdown on wood burning stoves as ministers say air pollution is UK’s No1 environment hazard