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A screenshot of the Meteorological Agency's satellite image of clouds and yellow sand (in pink) on Sunday.
JAPAN / Science & Health / EXPLAINER
Apr 30, 2024
Yellow sand allergy: A health issue made worse by climate change
Yellow sand gets carried by the wind from the deserts of China and Mongolia to Japan along with man-made pollutants, causing a host of symptoms.
A commuter walks along an overpass in Jakarta.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Mar 20, 2024
Only 10 countries had healthy air quality in 2023, report finds
Sources of PM2.5 pollution vary widely, but the overwhelming cause is the burning of fossil fuels.
A housing development next to the Sasol’s petrochemicals plant in Sasolburg, South Africa.
Mar 2, 2024
What it's like to live in the most polluted place on Earth
Coal and steel plants offer steady work for residents in South Africa's Vaal Triangle, yet they’re also pumping out harmful emissions.
Traffic along a highway amid heavy smog and pollution in New Delhi in November
Dec 7, 2023
As China enjoys cleaner air, India's pollution struggle continues
Huge swaths of northern India choke on clouds of polluted air during winter as temperatures drop, winds disappear and farmers set fields ablaze.
A mother assists her child to breathe with the help of a nebuliser at the emergency ward of the government-run Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya children hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Nov 10, 2023
'Like breathing poison': Delhi children hardest hit by smog
"Imagine telling a parent not to let their child go out and play in this toxic environment."
Asep Muizudin Muhamad Darmini was recently discharged from a hospital in Jakarta after being treated for a respiratory illness caused by the city's air pollution.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Sep 13, 2023
Breathless Indonesians irate over pollution crisis in Jakarta
Air pollution is hardly a new phenomenon in the city, but monitors and activists say the effects have been even worse than usual this year.
People sit on a rail track as smoke rises from steel mills near a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Aug 30, 2023
Air pollution now a risk to life expectancy in South Asia: study
Rapid industrialization and population growth have contributed to declining air quality in South Asia.
Flames reach upward along the edge of a wildfire near Mistissini, Quebec, in June.
Aug 23, 2023
As wildfires multiply, a new era of air pollution
The average American had already been exposed to 450 micrograms of smoke per cubic meter by early July, worse than from 2006-2022.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 16, 2023
Japan plan to use ammonia for power could boost pollution tied to premature deaths
Burning ammonia releases fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, which has been linked to a range of conditions.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2023
Yellow sand reaches Tokyo for first time in two years
The dust is expected to envelop most of the nation on Thursday afternoon, continuing to cover parts of the country until noon on Friday before receding until early Sunday morning.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2023
Yellow sand sweeps into Japan as government agencies urge caution
Dust has begun to cover areas from Hokkaido to northern Kyushu, and if yellow sand is observed in Tokyo, it would be the capital’s first in 16 years for the month of April.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 6, 2023
Air pollution linked to increased dementia risk, Harvard researchers find
The World Health Organization recommends that average annual PM2.5 levels be below 5 micrograms — but nearly the entire global population breathes air that exceeds those limits.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2023
Thai forest fires worsen pollution that’s left 2 million ill
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered urgent steps to put out forest fires in Nakhon Nayok province to the east of Bangkok and those in the country’s northern region.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2020
New Delhi's poisonous air a perennial crisis of its own making
Thousands of families who live near a smouldering waste landfill in a northern corner of India's capital have boarded up their doors and windows because they say the air outside is so toxic that they would be coughing all day.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Nov 4, 2019
India's smog-bound capital suffers worst air pollution so far this year
Air pollution in New Delhi and its surrounding towns reached the worst levels so far this year Sunday, with authorities in the world's most polluted capital city having already declared a public health emergency and ordered schools closed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 15, 2019
Joint study finds curry spices can suppress inflammation in airway cells caused by PM2.5 particles
Spices commonly used in curry may be able to curb inflammation caused by pollution-causing fine particles in the air, according to a joint study by Japanese curry roux maker House Foods Corp. and a Kyoto University professor.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jan 22, 2019
China vows to crackdown on underperformers in ongoing war on air pollution
China will order detailed punishment measures for officials in regions that miss air-quality targets this winter, refusing to accept unfavorable weather or mounting economic pressure as excuses, an environment ministry official said Monday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 7, 2018
12.5% of Indian deaths due to polluted air: study
India's toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017 — 12.5 percent of total deaths recorded that year — according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday.
Nov 23, 2018
China touts increase in prosecutions for pollution offenses
China prosecuted more than 3,500 people for pollution-related crimes in the first 10 months of the year, up nearly 40 percent on a year ago, law enforcement authorities said, as Beijing looks to courts and police to curb violations.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2015
Smog from Beijing may reach northern Japan
The ongoing pollution "red alert" in Beijing may affect northern Japan, a model of weather patterns suggests, although pollutants will be well within safe limits when they arrive.


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