Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

| Mar 27, 2014

Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm plantations and rain forests. Monsoon winds sweep them north and east toward Singapore, Malaysia and deep into Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Southeast Asian cities ...

Panasonic China staff  get pay for pollution

Mar 13, 2014

Panasonic China staff get pay for pollution

Electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it will give employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country’s hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company. The move was part of a wider deal reached in the annual labor ...

Mar 12, 2014

Reducing PM2.5 pollutants

Recent spikes in the concentration of so-called PM2.5 air pollutants over wide areas of Japan once again raise alarms over the potential health risks from the small particles.

Study links yellow dust to more people going to emergency rooms

Mar 12, 2014

Study links yellow dust to more people going to emergency rooms

A study released Wednesday by a team of Japanese researchers found emergency room admissions increased when levels of yellow dust originating in China were high. The team, including Dr. Kayo Ueda, a researcher with the National Institute for Environmental Studies, found the rise could ...

New Delhi has done much less than Beijing to reduce smog

Feb 10, 2014

New Delhi has done much less than Beijing to reduce smog

Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s poster child for pollution. On bad days in India’s congested capital, the air is so murky it slows traffic to a crawl. Conversations ...

Tokyo air pollutant traced to Kyushu volcano, China link discounted

Nov 14, 2013

Tokyo air pollutant traced to Kyushu volcano, China link discounted

Volcanic gas carrying sulfur dioxide released from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture is partly responsible for spikes in the level of the air pollutant PM2.5 in the Kanto and Tokai regions, according to the government’s Meteorological Research Institute. The institute ruled out pollutants from ...