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Asian Cities' Air Quality Getting Worse, Experts Warn


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JL
- 618 days ago - nytimes.com
Air pollution has worsened markedly in Asian cities in recent years and presents a growing threat to human health, according to experts at a conference that began on Wednesday



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JL A. (275)
Friday December 7, 2012, 3:48 pm

The New York Times

December 5, 2012
Asian Cities’ Air Quality Getting Worse, Experts Warn
By BETTINA WASSENER

HONG KONG — Air pollution has worsened markedly in Asian cities in recent years and presents a growing threat to human health, according to experts at a conference that began on Wednesday.

Clean Air Asia, a regional network on air-quality management, aggregated data from more than 300 cities in 16 Asian countries and found that levels of fine particulate matter — a key pollutant in terms of its impact on human health — were below targets recommended by the World Health Organization in just 16 cities, most of them in Japan.

Pollution levels in 70 percent of the cities, mostly in fast-growing, less developed countries like China, India, Bangladesh and Mongolia, exceed even the most lenient of several targets recommended by the W.H.O., the organization said.

“The economic rebound in Asia following the global economic crisis of 2008 has accelerated sales of both passenger and freight vehicles as well as power generation,” Sophie Punte, Clean Air Asia’s executive director, said in a statement. This “is putting pressure on urban air quality in the region,” she said.

The number of people living in cities in developing Asian nations is expected to swell by 1.1 billion over the next 20 years, making urban air pollution a particularly relevant issue for the region.

A study by the World Health Organization published in 2008 estimated that outdoor air pollution caused 1.3 million premature deaths worldwide per year, 800,000 of them in Asia.

Similarly, a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development this year warned that air pollution could become the biggest environmental cause of premature death by 2050 if action is not taken to improve air quality. The number of premature deaths from exposure to particulate matter is projected to reach 3.6 million a year globally by then, with most of the deaths occurring in China and India, the report said.
 

Terry V. (30)
Friday December 7, 2012, 4:42 pm
We are MURDERING our planet, thus ourselves.

Earth Cry

Planet Earth is Dying

Eve of Destruction
 

JL A. (275)
Friday December 7, 2012, 6:41 pm
Too true Terry--it is without our express consent, too. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

Christeen Anderson (473)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 4:13 am
So very sad.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 8:50 am
I agree Christeen. You cannot currently send a star to Christeen because you have done so within the last week.
 

g d c. (0)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 8:42 am
ty
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 8:55 am
You are welcome a y
 

Aaron Bouchard (126)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 10:12 am
Noted thanks
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 10:48 am
Where oh where did everyone think the big, dirty cloud of pollution over OZ came from. Unregulated transportation; manufacturing; cooking et al all contribute to it. If the planet doesn't kill us our stupidity certainly will.
 

Dave C. (213)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 1:59 pm
sadly noted....
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:37 pm
You are welcome Aaron
You cannot currently send a star to Theodore because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Dave because you have done so within the last week.
 

june t. (65)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 10:19 pm
thanks for the article
 

JL A. (275)
Monday December 10, 2012, 8:21 am
You are welcome June
 

John Gregoire (254)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:46 am
Absolutely no sense of local or global responsibility.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 8:32 am
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 
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