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Study: China could lift life expectancy by nearly three years if it meets WHO smog standards
China could raise average life expectancy by 2.9 years if it improves air quality to levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), according a new study from a US research group.
New Delhi homeless to be given masks as smog worsens
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 signals slower growth is acceptable to curb debt, poverty and smog
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.
Smog may harm bones in older adults
Exposure to air pollution can increase the risk for osteoporosis and broken bones in older adults, a new US study suggested.
China's capital issues orange alert for upcoming smog
Beijing issued its first orange smog alert ahead of winter on Friday, forecasting heavy air pollution over the next four days, the second-highest alert in China's four-tier emergency response system.
Polish activists complain to EU about toxic smog
Polish environmental groups filed a complaint with the European Union against national and local authorities for failing to fight lethal levels of smog.
Polish activists complain to EU about toxic smog
Polish environmental groups filed a complaint with the European Union against national and local authorities for failing to fight lethal levels of smog.
Paris tries something different in fight against smog
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.
Chinese rights lawyers set sights on smog
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 tell local weather forecasters to stop issuing smog alerts
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.
Northern China residents complain as smog alert enters fifth day
Northern China was shrouded in smog for a fifth straight day on Wednesday as citizens complained that the state's emergency measures were still not being implemented properly.
Smog engulfs northern China for fourth consecutive day
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.
China chokes under heavy smog with worse ahead
Hospital visits spiked, roads were closed and flights cancelled Monday as China choked under a vast cloud of toxic smog, with forecasters warning worse was yet to come.
Highways shut, flights grounded as smog blankets China's Tianjin
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.
Beijing bans highly polluting cars during smog alerts
Next year, Beijing will ban highly polluting old cars from being driven whenever air-quality alerts are issued in the city or neighboring regions, according to its environmental protection bureau.

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