China's environment ministry has slammed a northeastern city for ‘turning a blind eye’ to pollution from small-scale oil refining that was made illegal in 1996, underlining Beijing's struggle to clean up the country's environment despite tightening rules.
An increasing number of parents are shunning good schools because of the local air quality while some are even looking to move out of cities altogether, as fears over the effects of diesel emissions on health mount.
Four more Chinese regions have been accused of faking efforts to rectify environmental problems and paying only lip service to the country's war on pollution, according to reports published by the environment ministry on Monday.
Bangladesh saw around 234,000 deaths, including 80,000 in urban areas, due to environmental pollution and related health risks in 2015, making it one of the worst affected countries in the world, revealed a World Bank report.
Asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and collaborators. The study appeared online in Scientific Reports.