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China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

Feb 08, 2017 - 2:16 PM

It comes after the national Meteorological Administration last month ordered local meteorological bureaus to stop issuing haze alerts, raising suspicions the government was attempting to suppress information about the chronic problem

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The notice was issued because local 'meteorological bureaus and the environmental protection administration often disagree when they issue smog-related information'

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Coal, of which China is the world's largest consumer, remains an indispensable part of its economy, supplying 60% of its electricity

China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Choking smog clears from northern China

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A cold wind from the northwest arrives on Thursday, December 22, blowing away the toxic pollution

Choking smog clears from northern China

China's smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger

Dec 21, 2016 - 5:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Officials in Shijiazhuang draw flak for not immediately suspending children's classes, and for making suspensions in middle and high schools voluntary

China's smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger

Planes grounded as smog chokes China for fifth day

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Hundreds of flights are cancelled and road and rail transport grind to a halt under the low visibility conditions

Planes grounded as smog chokes China for fifth day

China chokes under heavy smog, worse yet to come

Dec 19, 2016 - 3:19 PM

A host of emergency measures have been implemented to protect the public's health from the smog, which is smothering almost 1/9 of the entire country

China chokes under heavy smog, worse yet to come

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health 'emergency'

Nov 07, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Pollution levels have spiked in recent days as farmers in neighboring Indian states burn crop stubble after the harvest and temperatures cool, trapping pollutants in a smoggy haze over the city

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health 'emergency'

Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

Nov 06, 2016 - 8:32 AM

1,800 schools are shut following one of the city's worst-ever pollution spells

Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

Oct 28, 2016 - 11:11 PM

'We are planning to install air purifiers at 5 major intersections in Delhi to reduce pollution levels,' Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain says at a press conference

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to Southeast Asia

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Singapore's National Environment Agency says the Pollutant Standards Index breached 'very unhealthy' levels of 215 during the day

Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to Southeast Asia

Indonesia pushes for ban on palm oil operations after forest fires

May 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Downside? The ban could affect the economy

Indonesia pushes for ban on palm oil operations after forest fires

India's smog-choked capital imposes driving restrictions

Apr 15, 2016 - 11:00 PM

New Delhi brings back an odd-even scheme for another 15 days in a bid to improve air quality

India's smog-choked capital imposes driving restrictions

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

Mar 06, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The business climate improves for manufacturers of face masks, air purifiers, and pollution monitors

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

India's smog-shrouded capital pulls cars off roads

Jan 01, 2016 - 7:49 AM

'Don't do it because the government is forcing you. Do it because you feel it is important for your life, your health,' says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

India's smog-shrouded capital pulls cars off roads

Beijing pollution soars but no red alert

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:19 PM

Counts of harmful microscopic particles has reached 529 – way beyond the recommended maximum exposure of 25 over a 24-hour period

Beijing pollution soars but no red alert

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last-minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news. I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list.

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Toxic smog brings nightmare 'white Christmas' to Beijing

Dec 25, 2015 - 5:31 PM

'In this kind of weather, can Santa (Claus) even find Beijing?' a social media user writes

Toxic smog brings nightmare 'white Christmas' to Beijing

10 Chinese cities issue pollution red alert – state media

Dec 24, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Nearly 100 million people in China are warned to stay indoors after the issuance of red alerts for smog

10 Chinese cities issue pollution red alert – state media

Miss Universe, election polls, Lim Eng Beng | 6PM wRap

Dec 21, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler's newscast, The wRap

Miss Universe, election polls, Lim Eng Beng | 6PM wRap

Thousands of plants cut production as Beijing smog persists

Dec 21, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The Chinese capital imposed the highest tier of a 4-color smog warning system for 4 days starting Saturday, December 19

Thousands of plants cut production as Beijing smog persists

Beijing's second red alert issued due to choking smog

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:56 PM

The capital's environmental bureau orders factories to close and pulls half of all private cars off the streets as bad air floods into the city for the third "airpocalypse" of the month

Beijing's second red alert issued due to choking smog

Beijing issues second red alert ahead of smog

Dec 18, 2015 - 12:46 PM

It will be the second time the highest level alert has been issued since the city established a pollution warning system in 2013

Beijing issues second red alert ahead of smog

Beijing traffic slashed in smog alert

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:51 AM

Levels of PM2.5 – harmful microscopic particles that penetrate deep into the lungs – reach above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. The World Health Organization's recommended maximum exposure is 25.

Beijing traffic slashed in smog alert

Beijing declares first-ever red alert for pollution

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:54 PM

A red alert, issued when severe smog is expected to last more than 72 hours, is the highest of Beijing's warning system

Beijing declares first-ever red alert for pollution

Beijing issues orange alert for heavy smog

Nov 29, 2015 - 9:02 PM

Levels of PM2.5 – particles which can penetrate deeply into the lungs – reach more than 15 times recommended levels

Beijing issues orange alert for heavy smog

Southeast Asia breathes sigh of relief as rains ease smog crisis

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore enjoyed their clearest skies in weeks, while affected areas of the Philippines and Thailand also have seen an end to air pollution

Southeast Asia breathes sigh of relief as rains ease smog crisis

'No escape': The desperate state of Indonesians living in haze

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:04 PM

'Usually we just endured it, even though we had headaches and felt nauseous. But it has got so bad lately, that I can't take it anymore. I can't even breathe fresh air'

'No escape': The desperate state of Indonesians living in haze

Philippines cancels flights, alerts hospitals over haze

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:23 PM

Filipino authorities warn ash levels are becoming increasingly dangerous in the southern and central islands

Philippines cancels flights, alerts hospitals over haze

Indonesia readies warships for haze evacuation

Oct 24, 2015 - 3:06 PM

Indonesian disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says fires caused by slash-and-burn farming had killed 10 people

Indonesia readies warships for haze evacuation

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Oct 22, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Thai officials Thursday said air quality had dipped to unhealthy levels in 7 southern provinces, with particularly high readings in southwestern Songkhla province where some flights have been delayed or turned back

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Indonesia forest fires produce more greenhouse gas than all US economic activity

Oct 21, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The shock assessment came as Jakarta said the number of blazes was increasing across the archipelago despite a multinational fire-fighting effort

Indonesia forest fires produce more greenhouse gas than all US economic activity

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other top stories include the arrival of international aid to combat forest fires and a long-term investment between Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

International aid arrives in Indonesia to help combat forest fires

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:36 PM

Six countries will help Indonesia to fight forest fires which have sent choking smog across parts of Southeast Asia

International aid arrives in Indonesia to help combat forest fires

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi accepts help to combat haze, Obama apologizes

Oct 09, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the recovery of bodies of plane crash victims, increased US maritime assistance, and reactions on the bullet train deal with China

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi accepts help to combat haze, Obama apologizes

Indonesia finally accepts international help to combat fires

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Authorities had rejected offers of help from affluent Singapore, but officials said Indonesian President Joko Widodo has decided that international assistance would now be accepted

Indonesia finally accepts international help to combat fires

Drone footage of Indonesia shows smoke rising from forest, blackened trees

Oct 08, 2015 - 1:56 PM

The drone footage filmed by Greenpeace showed acrid haze rising from dense jungle, trees reduced to fire-blackened skeletons, vast swathes of burnt peatland, and a city shrouded in haze on the Indonesian part of Borneo

Drone footage of Indonesia shows smoke rising from forest, blackened trees

The wRap Indonesia: Cut in fuel prices, rupiah gains

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the seizure of illegally traded shark fins, worsening forest fires, and the possibility of a midnight curfew for Jakarta nightclubs

The wRap Indonesia: Cut in fuel prices, rupiah gains

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian experts in Saudi, new mammal discovered

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the importance of Indonesia for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Indonesia's defense of its haze-fighting efforts, and Malaysia's sanctions from FIFA

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian experts in Saudi, new mammal discovered

Indonesia insists it's doing all it can to combat haze

Oct 06, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Indonesia has rejected suggestions it is not doing enough, with the country's disaster chief saying everything possible was being utilized

Indonesia insists it's doing all it can to combat haze

Singapore air quality now 'hazardous' over Indonesia fires

Sep 24, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Singapore orders emergency school closures as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says face masks will be distributed at community centers across the island on Friday for needy and elderly citizens

Singapore air quality now 'hazardous' over Indonesia fires

Indonesia revokes license of company blamed for haze

Sep 22, 2015 - 9:26 PM

The government also suspends 3 other companies for the illegal blazes in Indonesia, which have sent smog floating over the region in recent weeks, causing thousands to fall ill

Indonesia revokes license of company blamed for haze

Stay indoors: Indonesia smog hits Singapore, Malaysia

Sep 08, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Flights are canceled and people are warned to stay indoors as air quality hits unhealthy levels in Singapore and Malaysia, caused by forest fires in Indonesia

Stay indoors: Indonesia smog hits Singapore, Malaysia

Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires

Sep 15, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Air pollution in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels, blanketing the city-state's skyline with clouds of smog from fires raging across giant rainforests in the neighboring Indonesian island of Sumatra

Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires

Indonesia fires spark Singapore, Malaysia haze warning

Jun 25, 2014 - 6:50 PM

Fires in Indonesia's Riau province caused the worst outbreak of haze in Southeast Asia for more than a decade in June last year, sparking a heated diplomatic row.

Indonesia fires spark Singapore, Malaysia haze warning

'Smog insurance' offers to help Chinese breathe easier

Mar 19, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Chinese companies offer the premium to pollution-weary travellers but many don't buy it

'Smog insurance' offers to help Chinese breathe easier

Haze-hit Indonesian province declares emergency

Feb 27, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Thousands have fallen ill, transport has been disrupted and schools closed after days of fires in Riau province on Sumatra island

Haze-hit Indonesian province declares emergency

'Apocalyptic' smog eases in Chinese city

Oct 23, 2013 - 12:17 PM

The heavy pollution was largely due to coal-fired heating and the burning of large amounts of straw as winter approaches

'Apocalyptic' smog eases in Chinese city

Chinese city blanketed in heavy pollution

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:40 AM

Concentrations of PM2.5 reach 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter in Harbin, 40 times the World Health Organization's recommended standard

Chinese city blanketed in heavy pollution

Air pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism

Aug 03, 2013 - 12:14 PM

In January 2013, levels of particulate matter in Beijing rose to almost 40 times World Health Organization limits

Air pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism