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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

This picture taken on June 23, 2015 shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. File/AFP

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

A pedestrian crosses a smog-shrouded street in Lianyungang, eastern China's Jiangsu province on December 19, 2016. Stringer/AFP

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

HEAVY SMOG. This picture shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. China's cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and industry, as well as vehicle use. File photo by AFP

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

A man wearing a mask visits the Forbidden City in Beijing on December 21, 2016.  Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 on December 15, with choking smog expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China until December 21. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

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

A man wearing a mask visits a park amid heavy air pollution in Beijing on December 20, 2016.  Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 on December 15, with choking smog expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China until December 21. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

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

A pedestrian crosses a smog-shrouded street in Lianyungang, eastern China's Jiangsu province on December 19, 2016. Stringer/AFP

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

GRAY SKY. The skyline is seen on a heavily polluted day in Beijing on December 17, 2016. Greg Baker/AFP

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

An Indian cyclist rides along a street as smog envelops a monument in New Delhi on October 31, 2016, the day after the Diwali festival. Money Sharma/AFP

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

AIR POLLUTION. An Indian biker wearing face protection against air pollution rides on the road in heavy smog in New Delhi on October 28, 2016. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

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

AIR POLLUTION. An Indian biker wearing face protection against air pollution rides on the road in heavy smog in New Delhi on October 28, 2016. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

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

2015 HAZE. The Singapore city skyline is seen shrouded in haze on October 9, 2015. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Indonesia pushes for ban on palm oil operations after forest fires

May 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Downside? The ban could affect the economy

TOP PRODUCER. An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia. File photo by EPA

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

This file photo taken on October 15, 2015 shows commuters in their vehicles clogging a road in New Delhi. New Delhi on April 15, 2016 imposed driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its roads for the second time this year, seeking to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital.  / AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

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

Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan, in east China's Shandong province amongst heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Ten Chinese cities were on red alert for smog on December 24, state media reported, as large swathes of the country suffered through their fourth wave of choking pollution this month. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR

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

COVERED IN SMOG. An aerial view of the Connaught Place area of New Delhi, India, as it is surrounded by smog on December 8, 2015. Photo by Harish Tyagi/EPA

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

SMOG ALERT. A view of the China Central Television (CCTV) Tower (3-R) and other buildings shrouded in smog in Beijing, China, 08 December 2015. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

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

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

WHITE CHRISTMAS? Beijing residents woke up to a 'white Christmas' on December 25 morning but with the sky covered by thick toxic smog rather than snow. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

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

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Dec 21, 2015 - 6:42 PM

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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

A view of a hazy horizon along a main road in Beijing, China, 19 December 2015. Rolex dela Peña/EPA

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

HAZY HORIZONS. A view of a hazy horizon along a main road in Beijing, China, 19 December 2015. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

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

SMOG ALERT. A view of the China Central Television (CCTV) Tower (3-R) and other buildings shrouded in smog in Beijing, China, 08 December 2015. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

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

SMOG ALERT. Chinese workers work on a unfinished building during a hazy day in Beijing city, December 1, 2015. Photo by Wu Hong/EPA

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

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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

HEAVY SMOG. This picture taken on June 23, 2015 shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. China's cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and industry, as well as vehicle use. Photo by AFP

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

HOPE. Rains are bringing hope that the haze crisis could end. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

'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

EPICENTER. In Palangkarya, the smoke from forest fires are a thick, acrid yellow. Photo from EPA

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

AFFECTED. The haze from forest fires from Indonesia have begun to affect cities in Mindanao. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

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

ON STANDBY. Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, one of the vessels ready for the evacuation plan. Photo by Adek Berry/EPA

'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

SUFFOCATING HAZE. Haze suffocates parts of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

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

GREENHOUSE GASES. The forest fires from Indonesia are emitting more greenhouse gases than all US economic activity according to a report. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

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

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

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 HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

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

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

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

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

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

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

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

PAKET EKONOMI. President Joko Widodo talks about his first economic stimulus in this file photo. Photo from Twitter @Jokowi

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

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

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

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA

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

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA

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

KEBAKARAN HUTAN. Warga berusaha memadamkan api di lahan gambut di Tanjung Batu, Ogan Ilir, Sumatera Selatan, 18 September 2015. Foto oleh Adi Weda/EPA

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

HAZE. Forest fires have caused widespread haze across the country. Photo by AFP

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

A general view over looking the Tanjong Pagar container port covered with smog in Singapore on September 15, 2014. Roslan Rahman/AFP

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

BURNING FORESTS. An aerial photo shows thick smoke rising from burning peat land in Meranti, Riau province, Indonesia, in March 2014. Photo by Azwar/EPA

'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

AIR POLLUTION. A woman walks beside Tiananmen Square as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

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

'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

IN THE SMOG. Commuters cover their mouths while waiting for buses in the heavy fog and smog in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, 21 October 2013. EPA/Hao Bin

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

DANCE IN THE SMOG. Local residents dance on a square under heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on October 21, 2013. AFP

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

SHROUDED IN SMOG. A man carries food as he walks between traffic during heavily polluted weather in Beijing on January 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones