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  • Thai govt starts planning for smog season

    The government in Thailand has begun planning ahead for the next “smog season” in Bangkok, preparing a graduated system of emergency responses and possibly a major upgrade for the transport sector.

  • Unhappiness linked to poor air quality in China

    Eye-watering, throat-scratching air pollution is a major driver of big city blues in China, according to a study published that matched social network chatter with fine-particle pollution levels.

  • China to step up fight on air pollution

    China’s top environmental watchdog has vowed to succeed in air pollution control this year by enhancing the management of diesel-powered trucks while further reducing industrial emissions.

  • Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia: Study

    Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, a research says.

  • Exercise beneficial for heart even in areas with high air pollution

    New European research finds that exercise can still help reduce the risk of a heart attack even when carried out in areas with moderate to high levels of traffic pollution.

  • Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes: Study

    Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, a US study says, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease.

  • Face masks may not be as effective as they claim to be

    Despite being a common sight in polluted cities, particularly those in Asia, new research suggests that face masks designed to filter out pollution particles may not be as effective as they claim to be.

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air: WHO

    Nine out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants, shows new data from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Steep rise in air pollution

    A new global study on air pollution has placed Bangladesh among three countries experiencing the steepest air pollution levels in the world since 2010. Bangladesh has suffered a steady decrease in air quality over the past years, largely because of dust and industrial pollution resulting from the operation of brick kilns as well as development works, among other sources. Particularly, the capital's air quality is of a questionable standard.

  • Air Pollution in Bangladesh: Steep rise continues

    Bangladesh has experienced a sharp increase in air pollution since 2010 as 81 percent population are exposed to household air pollution from solid fuel burning, says a new global study report.

  • Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy could change children's brain structure

    A new European research finds that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy could affect the cognitive function of children, by changing the structure of the brain.

  • Air pollutants linked to abnormal fetal growth: Study

    Exposure to high levels of certain air pollutants during pregnancy can increase the risk of abnormal fetal growth according to a new study from Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). Researchers say the study is the first of its kind to be carried out in areas with very high air pollution levels.

  • The air quality in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong engulfed in smog

    Hong Kong's famous skyline is engulfed in smog, with residents urged to stay indoors.

  • osteoporosis-related bone fractures

    Air pollution linked to osteoporosis-related bone fractures

    Beyond the risks of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and even cancer, living in a highly polluted zone for a significant time could increase the risk of osteoporosis-related bone fracture, especially in older people, according to two new American studies published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health.

  • New Delhi

    Emergency in New Delhi as smog thickens

    The Indian capital declares a pollution emergency and banns the entry of trucks and construction activity as a toxic smog hung over the city for a third day and air quality worsens by the hour.

  • New Delhi air pollution

    Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban

    New Delhi is shrouded in a thick toxic haze after a night of frenzied Diwali fireworks send the air quality plummeting despite a ban on sale of fireworks aimed at thwarting a repeat of an 'airpocalypse'.

  • 9m people killed in pollution: Report

    9m people killed in pollution: Report

    Pollution claims the lives of nine million people in 2015, one in every six deaths that year, according to a report.

  • What happens to our e-waste?

    What do you do with the damaged battery or chargers of your cell phone? Where do you keep your fused bulbs and abandoned switches? What about obsolete computer accessories?

  • Thousands die unnecessarily!

    According to the study 'Ambient Air Pollution: A Global Assessment of Exposure and Burden of Disease' by the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

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    Harley-Davidson to pay $12 million fine over motorcycle emissions

    Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that cause its motorcycles to emit too much pollution, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.

  • 80% of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air: UN

    Over 80 percent of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor quality air, with Dhaka being the third most polluted, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warns.

  • Using smarter stoves to combat household air pollution

    When it comes to cooking indoors over open fires, the harmful health effects can be equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

  • New legal threat for UK air pollution

    The UK government has been warned to drastically reduce air pollution or face renewed legal action.

  • UK air pollution 'linked to 40,000 early deaths a year'

    Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Paediatrics and Child Health have said.

  • Polluted air causes 5.5m deaths a year: Study

    More than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, according to new research.

  • Dusty streets in city pose health risks

    Dry weather, compounded by waning greenery and heavy construction work, has turned Dhaka's air seriously polluted.

  • What steps taken against air pollution?

    The High Court yesterday demanded an explanation from the authorities concerned as to what steps had been taken to prevent air pollution in four city corporation areas, including Dhaka north and south.

  • Delhi anti-pollution car trial ends

    India's capital Delhi ends a two-week trial that imposed major restrictions on private cars to curb alarming levels of pollution.

  • Brick kilns king among air pollutants

    Very few of the brick kilns in Bangladesh - approximately 7,000, according to government estimates -- have been constructed following proper design and environmental rules, according to experts.

  • Cities choke on air pollution

    The quality of air in the capital is extremely unhealthy. The presence of pollutant particles in its air even on a normal day is more than six times the healthy limit. If this sounds scary, then you should know that the air in its neighbouring cities Gazipur and Narayanganj is even worse, according to the Department of Environment (DoE).