Air pollution in major regions of northern China increased during the first four months of 2019, the country’s environment ministry said on Friday, raising fears that regions have eased curbs on industry to halt the smog amid concerns about a slowing economy.
New Delhi's homeless will be given cotton masks to help them survive in the world's most polluted major city, officials say, although experts say the basic coverings will be useless against deadly smog particles.
China can achieve a goal of doubling the size of its economy by 2020 even if annual expansion slows to 6.3 percent, according to a senior Communist Party official, signaling a greater willingness to tackle debt and pollution at the expense of growth.
Last week, Paris suffered its fourth smog of the winter and tried a new idea to protect its residents from the worst effects. Like many European cities, the Paris region has a well-established system of emergency actions that escalate if smog persists. Initial steps include health warnings, reduced speed limits and restrictions on lorries in the city center. Final steps include cheaper public (€3.80 for a day pass), and bans on half of cars, using an odd/even number plate system, The Guardian wrote.
Toxic smog has found itself in the dock in China, as the authorities are taken to court over a problem that has choked entire regions, put public health at risk and forced the closure of schools and roads.
Chinese authorities have asked an unnamed Chinese province to turn off its early warning alert system for smog to avoid mismatches between environment and meteorological authority forecasts, state media reported.
Heavy smog engulfed large parts of northern China for a fourth straight day on Tuesday, with the Environment Ministry warning that some firms in the region were continuing to flout emergency restrictions and dozens of flights out of Beijing cancelled.
Authorities in Tianjin grounded three dozen flights and closed most highways on Sunday after severe smog blanketed the city, one of more than 40 in China’s northeast to issue pollution warnings in the past 48 hours.