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# smog - Monday 4 November, 2019

New Delhi under 'worst smog levels in recent years' from fumes, emissions and straw burning

India’s capital city is blanketed in a poisonous smog every winter.

# smog - Sunday 14 January, 2018

India's capital is polluted with smog... but these Delhi offices have air as fresh as the Swiss Alps

The Paharpur Business Centre has more than 7,000 plants pumping fresh air into its offices.

# smog - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Public health emergency declared as smog blankets Delhi

And worse may be to come.

# smog - Sunday 4 December, 2016

Spending a day in Delhi is the equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes. We went to see for ourselves

The pollution during our visit was so bad you could taste and smell it.

# smog - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

UN agency says 681 people died in Ireland from air pollution in one year

The UK had 16,355 deaths from air pollution in the same year, according to a WHO report released today.

# smog - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

It isn't the fog that China is having difficulty seeing through

In some parts of the city smog has reached levels 17 times the recommended limit from the World Health Organisation.

# smog - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

China plans to take a lot of old bangers off the road this year

Up to six million, in fact. It’s in a bid to tackle the country’s “extremely grim” environmental situation.

# smog - Thursday 10 April, 2014

EPA finds no long-term health impacts from Ballymount recycling plant fire

The Oxigen recycling plant in Ballymount, Dublin burned for over a week in January.

# smog - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Fears for Ireland's air after health warnings in the UK

Ireland’s air quality suffered from dust that was carried from the Sahara desert over the weekend.

# smog - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Forget Paris, these are the world's most polluted cities

More than two million people die every year from breathing indoor and outdoor particle pollution.

# smog - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Air pollution causes cancer - WHO

Air pollution has been put on the same level as tobacco in terms of the damage it causes.

# smog - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Even low levels of air pollution can lead to lung cancer, major new study shows

Researchers found that there was “no threshold below which there was no risk” in a major study of 300,000 people.

# smog - Friday 21 June, 2013

Helicopters 'water-bomb' Singapore to fight hazardous smoky haze

Sinagpore is shrouded in haze due to forest fires on the neighbouring Indonesian island of Sumatra.

# smog - Sunday 27 January, 2013

"It creeps menacingly": When deadly smog choked Dublin's skies

In 1982, a number of deaths in Dublin were directly connected to high levels of smog. What happened next?

# smog - Monday 26 September, 2011

Gallery: The world's most polluted cities Pollution This post contains images

Gallery: The world's most polluted cities

Air pollution killed 1.3million people in 2008, according to the World Health Organisation. Here are the globe’s worst offenders…

# smog - Monday 9 August, 2010

THE DENSE SMOG covering Moscow is being blamed for raising the level of fatalities from the Russian wildfires, according to Aljazeera. The death rate in the city has doubled since the smoke covered the city as peat fires on the outskirts of the capital continue to burn.

The country is going through its longest heat wave for at least 1,000 years, according to the Russian Meteorological Centre.

Russia’s department of health blamed the heat and increased pollution for the rise in deaths. Carbon monoxide levels in Moscow have been recorded today at 2.2 times higher than acceptable levels, dropping slightly from the three times level recorded yesterday.

A slideshow of the smog-filled streets of Moscow can be seen here.

Authorities in Moscow have opened ‘anti-smog’ centres which contain air-conditioned rooms where city residents can escape the heat and the polluted air.

Tourists visiting the city have donned face masks to protect themselves from the smoky air. The Moscow Times reports that Russia’s top public doctor has appealed to visitors not to be put off because of the smog, saying that only Moscow is afflicted.

Russian state media reports today that China has offered aid to Russians affected by the fires, which were caused by the extreme heat affecting the country for the past two months. Over 50 people have been killed by the fires in the past fortnight, and another 3,500 were forced to evacuate their homes.

The heatwave, which has set record temperatures in Moscow, is forecast to continue for at least another week.

This footage shows firefighters battling the flames:

# smog - Friday 6 August, 2010

RUSSIAN HEALTH OFFICIALS have warned people in Moscow to stay indoors to avoid the severe smog surrounding the city. People have also been advised to avoid physical exertion. Five hundred and sixty fires continue to burn across Russia, with 27 burning in the Moscow region.

WILDFIRES WHICH continue to blaze across Russia have covered Moscow in a thick smog. Citizens have been advised to wear face masks for protection against the thick smoke, but continue to go to work and travel around the city.

Moscow’s three main airports have re-directed some flights because of the smog.

The fires, which have killed 52 people so far, caused concern for the stability of nuclear and military material stored in the afflicted provinces. According to Russia’s Ria Novosti, the threat of a nuclear explosion has been averted by moving the material to a safer location.