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Montevideo, October 1st 2020 - 05:52 UTC

Tag: smog

  • Thursday, January 9th 2020 - 09:50 UTC

    Italian cities combat harmful emissions and smog by curbing traffic

    Officials in Turin, home to Italian automaker Fiat, banned cars built before 2013 from taking to the roads, as did at least 11 other municipalities in Piedmont region

    More than a dozen cities and towns across Italy introduced traffic curbs on Wednesday in a bid to cut harmful emissions following a spike in pollution. A prolonged period of sunny weather with little rain or wind has pushed up air pollution across the country, triggering smog alerts in more than 60 municipalities.

  • Saturday, May 18th 2019 - 07:59 UTC

    Smog disaster in Mexico City, all residents “smoking” half a pack of cigarettes a day

    The sprawling city, a metropolitan area of more than 20 million people and five million vehicles has been blanketed in a thick cloud of smog since last weekend

    Scientists say breathing the heavily polluted air in Mexico City these days is like smoking somewhere between a quarter-and a half-pack of cigarettes a day.

  • Tuesday, May 29th 2018 - 09:14 UTC

    Smog emergency in Santiago de Chile for the fifth day running

    Besides, home wood stoves and burning farm fields is also banned, and there is a strong recommendation to avoid sports activities in the open, particularly in schools.

    Santiago de Chile is under a smog emergency for the fifth day running because of the poor quality of air, as reported by the local authorities of the Chilean capital. For this reason 40% of vehicles without catalytic convertors, and with plate numbers ending in 0,1,2 or 3 are banned from circulating in the city. Likewise motorcycles manufactured before 2002 and with plate numbers ending in 0 and 1.

  • Thursday, January 5th 2017 - 07:50 UTC

    Beijing's “airpocalypse” red alert for smog and yellow alert for fog

    As of Wednesday, the concentration of PM 2.5 in Beijing was 186 ug/m3, seven times higher than what's considered healthy.

    On Wednesday, Beijing was under a “red alert” for smog, the highest of four levels, and a “yellow alert” for fog. Other areas, particularly in northern China were still under red alert as of Wednesday for both fog and smog. The high pollution has been going on for a number of weeks, causing flight delays, and leading to traffic bans, as part of what is called “smog season” or “airpocalypse.”