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  • Bangkok enshrouded in toxic air

    An unhealthy level of air pollution covers 14 areas of Greater Bangkok, according to the country's Pollution Control Department due to particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5).

  • Air Polluted Countries

    Matarbari Coal Power Plant: Pollution to claim 14,000 lives in 30 yrs

    Over three million people from South and Southeast Asia, including Bangladesh, will be exposed to air pollution and face health hazards as the Japanese public finance agencies are funding 17 coal-fired power plants in the region, says a Greenpeace report.

  • Air Polluted Countries

    Japan exports air pollution to countries including Bangladesh

    Greenpeace in a report alleged that Japanese government is exporting air pollution by financing polluting coal fired power plants overseas, imposing a great heath risk to the people of those countries including Bangladesh.

  • Jakarta residents sue Indonesia government over air pollution

    Residents of Indonesia’s capital have filed a lawsuit against the government over the toxic levels of air pollution that regularly blanket the city.

  • Ozone: An emerging air pollutant in Dhaka City

    The fact depicted by recent global surveys that Dhaka is the second most air-polluted capital city of the world is surely not delighting for anyone. Several sporadic scientific studies were carried out in the last 25 years to characterise the composition of air pollutants of Dhaka city.

  • Life goes on under cloud of smog in Mexico City

    Scientists say breathing the heavily polluted air in Mexico City these days is like smoking somewhere between a quarter- and a half-pack of cigarettes a day.

  • Air pollution in Dhaka

    Air pollution: HC summons Dhaka city CEOs

    The High Court summons chief executive officers (CEOs) of Dhaka north and south city corporations to appear before it on May 15 to explain their steps about complying with its directive to curb air pollution in Dhaka.

  • Dhaka air ranks 2nd worst

    Dhaka ranked second worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) yesterday.

  • Traffic-related air pollution associated with 4m new cases of childhood asthma every year

    The first global estimates of their kind suggest that more than one in ten childhood asthma cases could be linked to traffic-related air pollution every year,

  • Raising our children amidst poisonous air

    This is no city to raise your children in,” a friend was telling me the other day. “Either you leave the country or leave the city and go somewhere where your kids don't have to breathe poison.”

  • We are breathing poison!

    A new global study has found that indoor and outdoor air pollution led to 1.23 lakh deaths in Bangladesh in 2017.

  • Air pollution killed 1.23 lakh in 2017

    Indoor and outdoor air pollution led to 1.23 lakh deaths in Bangladesh in 2017, according to a new study on global air pollution.

  • Deadly air exposes rich-poor divide in Delhi

    Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth.

  • Air pollution in Bangladesh

    Air pollution causes 8.8m early deaths every year

    Air pollution causes 790,000 premature deaths every year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide, doubling recent assessments, according to a study released Monday.

  • World Air Quality Report, Greenpeace, AirVisual, air pollution

    Dhaka's toxic air: A major public health concern

    The electronic and press media in Bangladesh has recently been highlighting the findings of the 2018 World Air Quality Report published by Greenpeace and AirVisual. As per this report, Bangladesh has the most polluted air in the world, and Dhaka is the second most polluted capital city.

  • Environmental Pollution Causes death

    Alert public about air toxicity

    Due to hazardous levels of air pollution, a parliamentary body yesterday asked the environment, forest and climate change ministry to take measures so that the health ministry issues a public health alert urging people to avoid the capital, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Chattogram cities, unless it is an emergency.

  • 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.