KATHMANDU, Jan 10: With the air pollution levels in Kathmandu Valley skyrocketing during winter, it looks like the government is finally waking up to the menace. After two years of preparations, an Air Quality Management Action Plan for the Valley has now reached the Council of Ministers, which is likely to endorse it soon.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.