News / World by Press Association 30/01/2019, 11:23 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter More than 400 schools in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, have been shut for the rest of the week due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution. The country’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha directed Bangkok’s governor to order the closure of 437 schools after officials said the pollution would continue until next Monday. They said still air and heavy traffic are causing a buildup of particles in the air. The Pollution Control Department said the amount of especially dangerous tiny PM 2.5 particles has risen in all areas in and around Bangkok since Monday. “We decided to eliminate the problem by closing down the schools,” said Police General Asawin Kwanmuang, the city’s governor. “We’re afraid that it can be dangerous for the children.” Technical colleges are included among the closed … [Read more...] about Thai capital closes hundreds of schools because of air pollution
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PUBLISHED: 17:26 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:26 07 December 2018 Sam Volpe Chris Turner, with his new BREATHE Smart device. Picture: Chris Turner / Breathe Tech Archant A Crouch End inventor is crowdfunding to launch an innovative and wearable air pollution monitor inspired by his own worries as a new dad. Chris Turner, 37, has invented the BREATHE Smart Monitor, an air quality monitor which both shrinks existing technology so that it can be attached to – for example, a bike or a pram – and which works independently of a smartphone. Chris, 37, has a background in manufacturing and wanted to build a product that tackled an issue that troubled him.“I came to this as a parent concerned about air quality. We all worry about the effect it has on us, from if you’re walking with a pram, or perhaps out running on the roads on the way to a park or up to Alexandra Palace.” “I’m constantly concerned about the negative … [Read more...] about Crouch End dad crowdfunding to launch new air pollution monitor for families
World The vast majority of children across the globe are breathing toxic air according to a striking new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Poisonous air affecting some 1.8 billion children across the world is creating a public health crisis as young people suffer from truncated brain development and a host of health problems that could result in early death. Whether in rich countries are poor, “Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives,” said Tedros Adhanom, the WHO director general. “This is inexcusable—every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfil their potential,” Tedros argued. The study suggested that children are particularly at risk from pollutants in the air, which tend to concentrate closer to ground level. Their developing organs also mean they are more at risk of long-term damage than adults. Serious health issues related to air pollution include low weight … [Read more...] about Air Pollution Is the ‘New Tobacco,’ Affecting 90 Percent of All Children, WHO Warns
Air pollution is shaving months — and in some cases more than a year — off your life expectancy, depending on where you live, according to a study published this week. Worldwide, outdoor air pollution reduces the average life expectancy at birth by one year. The effect is much more pronounced in some countries: It cuts the average Egyptian's life span by 1.9 years and the average Indian's by 1.5 years. In Russia, it's around nine months. CLOSER TO HOME In 1969, Chattanooga was ranked as the worst city in the nation for air pollution. In those days, residents of Lookout or Signal mountains often could see a brown layer of smog hovering over the downtown area — a thermal inversion held in place by the mountains and Missionary Ridge. Several large manufacturing facilities off South Broad Street spewed particles into the air, and local residents often complained that a shirt that was white in the morning would have a layer of black soot around the collar by late … [Read more...] about Air pollution is shortening your life. Here’s how much.
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?