KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Kathmandu sees a sharp rise in air pollution levels during winter months. The city is enveloped in dust and smoke. The seven Air Quality Monitoring Stations, spread across the Valley, have already begun showing “unhealthy” Air Quality Index (AQI) readings, as evident in the data of the last seven days.

Go green

November 8, 2019 09:16 am

Admit it, the Delhi smog has had you thinking about the safety of the air we breathe. After all, isn’t Kathmandu just as bad, if not worse? We wake up to our furniture coated in dust (didn’t we wipe that table down just the day before?) and find ourselves covered in grime by the time we get back home. But apparently the quality of air in Kathmandu isn’t as bad as it is in the capital city of India. That, however, is no reason to celebrate.

New Delhi's hazardous air problem

November 7, 2019 09:25 am

Air pollution in the Indian capital city of New Delhi currently far exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threshold for 'hazardous', meaning that 'everyone may experience serious effects'

NEW DELHI, Nov 6: Schools in India’s capital New Delhi reopened on Wednesday after closing for two days due to a spike in air pollution that triggered a public health emergency and prompted protests by residents and environmental groups.

NEW DELHI, Nov 5: The air quality in the Indian capital, New Delhi, improved slightly on Tuesday as the wind picked up to blow away some of the pollution shrouding the city for days.

NEW DELHI, Nov 4: Authorities in the Indian capital on Monday banished from the roads cars with number plates ending in an odd number in a bid to cut hazardous air pollution shrouding the city.

NEW DELHI, Nov 1: Schools in the Indian capital will be shut until November 5, the city government said on Friday, as residents breathed the season’s worst air for a third straight day.

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: An average of 12 percent of Nepalis are affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), according to recent research conducted by the National Health Research Council on the state of non-communicable diseases in Nepal in July 2019.

LALITPUR, June 15: Recent advances in the field of air pollution research, specifically in the Hindu Kush Himalaya highlights the fact that the problem extends beyond local concerns to transboundary issues.

NEW DELHI: The noxious air hanging over India's towns and cities kills more than 100,000 children under five every year, a damning study published Wednesday for World Environment Day found.

GENEVA, June 4: Some 7 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment said Monday ahead of World Environment Day, noting there are also success stories.

SHANGHAI, May 4: China’s natural gas consumption grew steadily in the first quarter amid the country’s fight against air pollution, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

KATHMANDU, April 9: The government plans to operate 300 electric public buses for Kathmandu valley, according to Shakti Bahadur Basnet, the minister for Forest and Environment.

In a radical attempt to tackle toxic air pollution, London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will force some motorists to pay a total of £24 ($30) a day to enter the city centre.

KATHMANDU, April 3: Nepal’s air quality is degrading every year, according to the State of Global Air 2019 report by the Boston-headquartered Health Effects Institute. From 2015 to 2017, annual exposure of Nepalis to air pollution increased from 96 µg/m3 to 100 µg/m3.

NEW DELHI, March 21: Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth.

NAIROBI, March 10: The improvement in air quality that has been recorded in Chinese capital of Beijing in the last two decades could serve as an inspiration to world's mega cities grappling with atmospheric pollution, said a UN Environment report launched in Nairobi on Saturday.

JAN 23: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

January 23, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

The World Health Organization has released a list of the biggest threats to global health in 2019 and, perhaps unsurprisingly, air pollution and climate change top the list.

NEW DELHI, December 27: Indian authorities have ordered firefighters in the capital to sprinkle water from high-rise buildings to settle dust and stop garbage fires and have banned construction activity as hazardous air quality affects millions of people.

As the world gets hotter and more crowded, our engines continue to pump out dirty emissions, and half the world has no access to clean fuels or technologies (e.g. stoves, lamps), the very air we breathe is growing dangerously polluted: nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year.

Let us breathe!

December 6, 2018 11:45 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Kathmandu's air quality is degrading day by day. As per the Valley Pollution Index on Wednesday, the air quality at 8 am was dangerous.

IASA researchers have contributed to a major new report in The Lancet medical journal looking at the effects of climate change on human health, and the implications for society.

The University of Chicago’s Air Quality Life Index found that air pollution is the world’s top killer. Particulate pollution exceeding WHO guidelines is causing the average person worldwide to lose 1.8 years of life expectancy.

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31: When it comes to air pollution, humanity has been kicking the can down the road for decades. And now, it seems the next generation is catching up with the consequences.

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: A meeting of mayors, deputy mayors, and senior government officials, as well as non-governmental organizations, has finalized a six-point draft with the objective of reducing pollution in the capital city, Kathmandu.

Valley Pollution Index of Sept 24, 2018

September 25, 2018 12:01 pm

Valley Pollution Index of Sept 24, 2018

PARIS, Sept 19: Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research published Wednesday.

Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research presented today (Sunday) at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

Study finds lost revenue can be millions of dollars annually, suggests ways to quantify haze-related reductions in solar panel output.

Aug 28: Air pollution could be more damaging to our health than previously thought, according to a new study, which found that prolonged exposure to dirty air has a significant impact on our cognitive abilities, especially in older men.