The World’s Matthew Bell demonstrates how to properly wear a respiratory mask for protection against low air quality in Beijing.
China’s Newest Market Opportunity: Pollution Control
It’s a rare “blue sky” day in Beijing. The city is bathed in a beautiful late-afternoon light—the kind that makes people rush outside just to enjoy it. But rather than bask in the weather, a small group of expats and Chinese locals have instead chosen to hole themselves up in a café.…
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Beirut’s streets are filled with aging cars spewing clouds of toxic fumes in the air. Ben Gilbert reported for The World in 2010 that researchers hope to find out exactly how much damage those exhaust fumes are doing to Lebanese health.
The Philippines government spends $8 to $10 billion on importing oil. And of course if you are a pedestrian, you might like riding something that is safe, which is comfortable. And also (the) air, it is cleaner. E-trikes provide all those solutions in a single goal.
Reported in the Los Angeles Times:
What if the solution to smog was right where the rubber meets the road?
Nearly nine million people live [in Mexico City] and they have got to get around. That means lots of cars, lots of traffic and lots of air pollution. So the city has begun a major makeover, starting a bike sharing system, dedicated bus lanes and parking meters.
You stay inside, breathe shallow breaths, and hope that a strong wind comes through and blows it somewhere else.
From The World’s “China Past Due” series, Mary Kay Magistad reports on how the country’s oil and gas state enterprises have chosen not to refine gasoline to a higher standard than the minimum requirement - even though doing so could dramatically cut down on pollution.
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