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Rappler's latest stories on air quality


PH reports significant improvement in air quality

May 15, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'The improvements in air quality at this time confirm that it is possible to reduce air pollution if efforts are targeted towards the main sources of the problem,' the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air says in a recent report

Taal Volcano activity had little effect on Metro Manila air quality – expert

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:00 PM

UP Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology's Dr Gerry Bagtasa says many air quality sensors, at least in Quezon City, have recorded low levels of air pollution

AFTERMATH. Local officials (L) talk to homeless people as they distribute face masks to protect themselves from volcanic ash along a sidewalk in Manila on January 12, 2020, after ashfall from the Taal Volcano reached suburban Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Singapore air 'unhealthy' ahead of Formula One race

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Singapore suffers from the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia

SINGAPORE SKYLINE. Singapore suffers from haze brought by forest fires in Indonesia. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai is given 7 days to crack down on spiralling pollution

POLLUTION. Smog covers the landscape of the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai on April 3, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Traffic pollution is associated with dementia, delinquent behavior in adolescents, and stunted brain development in children who attend highly polluted schools

HEALTH HAZARD. Long-term exposure to air pollution was linked to cognitive decline in elderly people. Tao55/ Shutterstock

9 out of 10 people breathing polluted air – WHO

May 02, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden,' World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in a statement

SMOG. A man wearing a mask visits a park amid heavy air pollution in Beijing on December 20, 2016. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Gina Lopez faces complaint for 'defective' air monitoring machines

Jan 10, 2017 - 4:21 PM

After meeting with Lopez in August complainants are frustrated that nothing has been done to address the issue

80% of world's city dwellers breathing bad air – WHO

May 12, 2016 - 11:10 PM

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

epa05256270 Vehicles travel through a main thoroughfare during a smoggy day in Beijing city, China, 13 April 2016. The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection received about 15,000 public complaints about pollution in 2015. The air pollution tip-offs became the top 78.3 percent of all complaints received through the ministry's hotline and 68 percent through the WeChat, according to the media reports. EPA/WU HONG

India's smog-choked capital imposes driving restrictions

Apr 15, 2016 - 11:00 PM

New Delhi brings back an odd even scheme for another 15 days in a bid to improve air quality

This file photo taken on October 15, 2015 shows commuters in their vehicles clogging a road in New Delhi. New Delhi on April 15, 2016 imposed driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its roads for the second time this year, seeking to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital.  / AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

Mar 06, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The business climate improves for manufacturers of face masks air purifiers and pollution monitors

Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan, in east China's Shandong province amongst heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Ten Chinese cities were on red alert for smog on December 24, state media reported, as large swathes of the country suffered through their fourth wave of choking pollution this month. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR

'Penalize owner, not driver, for smoke-belching vehicles'

Jan 04, 2016 - 11:50 AM

A House bill says transferring liability to just the vehicle owner will help address smoke belching

New restrictions in Tehran after 18th day of bad air

Dec 30, 2015 - 8:38 PM

Due to severe air pollution outdoor sports have been banned and all primary schools and nurseries closed in the Iranian capital

BAD AIR. An Iranian woman wears a face mask at a bus stop in Tehran as pollution engulfs the city on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

Hazy Sunday in Metro Manila

Oct 25, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Meanwhile the government continues to monitor the hazy situation in the Visayas and Mindanao linked to the Indonesian forest fires

THICK HAZE. A blanket of haze covers Metro Manila, October 25, 2015. KD Suarez/Rappler

Najib to Indonesia: Take action on haze

Oct 05, 2015 - 12:02 PM

Prime Minister Najib Razak says the haze has affected Malaysia s economy and says only Indonesia can convict the companies responsible for the fires

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA

Singapore schools in emergency shutdown as air quality worsens

Sep 25, 2015 - 3:21 AM

Singapore s air quality steadily worsened during the day as thick smog blown in from forest fires on Indonesia s neighbouring island of Sumatra bore down on the city state

Stay indoors: Indonesia smog hits Singapore, Malaysia

Sep 08, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Flights are canceled and people are warned to stay indoors as air quality hits unhealthy levels in Singapore and Malaysia caused by forest fires in Indonesia

HAZE. Forest fires have caused widespread haze across the country. Photo by AFP

Shades of gray: Haze in Metro Manila

Mar 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

What s behind the haze episodes in Metro Manila?

Haze hangs over the eastern skyline of Metro Manila, March 19, 2015. KD Suarez/Rappler

Gov't rolls out Metro Manila air monitoring portal

Mar 12, 2015 - 3:34 PM

By March 16 at least 12 cities in the capital region will be sending hourly updates on air pollution levels to a website the public can access

Does your Metro Manila city have clean air?

Nov 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM

By December each city and town in the metropolis will have a real time air quality monitoring station potentially allowing citizens to hold their local governments responsible for unhealthy air

India rejects WHO data showing Delhi air as world's dirtiest

May 08, 2014 - 5:32 PM

The country s air monitoring center says the study is biased and misleading

DELHI POLLUTION. In this file photo, the Indian winter's first light fog casts a blanket over the Red Fort in New Delhi on November 7, 2009. Raveendra/Agence France-Presse

Air quality worsening in world's cities – WHO

May 07, 2014 - 10:19 PM

Only cities in the developed world appear to be improving air quality

DANCE IN THE SMOG. Local residents dance on a square under heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on October 21, 2013. AFP

Another hazardous New Year's welcome

Jan 15, 2014 - 10:58 AM

More than ten years of monitoring PM2 5 around Metro Manila shows no significant improvement in the New Year air quality

NEW YEAR SMOG. Smog carrying toxic particles and metallic compounds submerge Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City the morning after New Year's Eve. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DENR to sanction LGUs for New Year air pollution by 2015

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:59 PM

They can be be penalized under the Clean Air Act By mid 2014 there will be an air quality monitoring station in each city in Metro Manila

NEW YEAR SMOG. Smog carrying toxic particles and metallic compounds submerge Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City the morning after New Year's Eve. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Tehran schools ordered shut over air pollution: report

Nov 11, 2013 - 12:01 AM

Pollution is blamed on bumper to bumper traffic and factories in the vicinity of the city wedged between 2 mountains thus trapping fumes

SMOG. A bird is pictured flying in front of buildings in the polluted skyline of the Iranian capital Tehran. File photo by AFP/Atta Kenare

Beijing choked by pollution at dangerous levels

Jan 13, 2013 - 12:46 AM

China s air quality is among the worst in the world international organizations say