Kuching’s air quality is back in the spotlight as the city once again ranks at the top of IQAir AirVisual’s most polluted cities. The ongoing Malaysia haze is being caused by smoke emanating from seasonal forest fires in Indonesia – and they are also affecting another neighbour: Singapore’s air quality has worsened and the city state is currently at no. 6 on the world ranking.
Beijing is on track to drop out of the world’s top 200 most polluted cities this year. Discover how the city's notorious pollution problem is being tackled in the latest IQAir AirVisual Beijing City Report, “State of the Air: 2008 to August 2019.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced two parallel proposals that would halt regulatory oversight of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, effectively withdrawing control over the sector's green-house gases, or heat-trapping pollutants, which contribute to climate change.
The Amazon, often referred to as the ‘Earth’s Lungs,’ plays a vital role in managing the planet’s Carbon Dioxide levels and creating Oxygen. Today, the Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Wildfires in the Amazon are up 80% from last year, and more than double years prior, in 2013. The consequences of such destruction threatens the livelihood of the entire planet.
Scientists have examined the hearts of deceased adults and children as young as three from urban areas with poor air quality and found they contained much higher numbers of tiny pollution particles than people who had lived elsewhere.
While air pollution in the United States has steadily decreased since the Clean Air Act of 1963, airborne particulates, namely PM2.5, are still responsible for tens of thousands of deaths across the country, particularly in lower income counties.
Earlier this month, India took an important step towards mitigating national air pollution and reducing the country’s impact on climate change, by joining the Climate & Clean Air Coalition of the United Nations, as the 65th member country.
While many European cities have begun implementing vehicle restrictions in an effort to fight local air pollution, Madrid has U-turned on it’s own “Madrid Central” policy, implemented just under a year ago, which limited or banned vehicles from certain city zones.
In celebration of the 2019 World Environment Day, the Lagos State Government, with support from the World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health programme, committed to installing a state-wide network of air quality monitors in an effort to curb air pollution and its effects on local residents.
New research reveals that ammonium nitrate pollution (NH4NO3) is better controlled through regulation of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions, than emissions of it’s precursor, Nitrogen Oxide. The findings, which are contrary to most pollution mitigation strategies in the United States, may offer a new approach to managing wintertime particulate matter around the world.
The Chuckegg Creek fire burning in Alberta, Canada has now scorched 107,000 hectares (314,000 acres) of land. Expert Edward Struzik explains how the situation escalated, and why such frequent severe wildfires may be the “new normal.”
Colorado-based oil and gas companies may be taking advantage of relaxed regulation enforcement and a state law loophole, which allows unmonitored pollution emissions for the first 90 days of a new production facility, exposing the state residents to ozone and VOC levels exceeding federal standards.
Earlier this year, we reported on Jakarta citizens who threatened to take legal action against the government, should another 90 days transpire without a clear plan to tackle the city’s air pollution problem. Now, the threatened lawsuit has been filed.