air pollution

Asian cities are increasingly falling victim to unhealthy air quality levels and this does not bode well for long-term sustainability.

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Air pollution deaths increase by 150,000 in rapidly growing South and Southeast Asian cities.

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Reassessing agricultural practices, irrigation, handling of crop residue and prevention of open fires could be a win-win for air quality and quality of life.

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While the air quality index is a useful tool, it has its limitations. There’s still a greater need for robust monitoring to ensure cleaner air.

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Despite some progress in improving air quality, Malaysia needs policies to combat new challenges including climbing transport emissions.

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Houses should be able to withstand wildfires thus allowing firefighters to spend their time fighting the blaze rather than evacuating residents.

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Securing homes in the face of bushfires is a known challenge. Far less appreciated is the effect of bushfire smoke and why we must keep it out of residences.

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Fire prevention is key to protecting peatland swamps and surrounding communities should be at the frontline in such efforts.

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Direct air capture of carbon dioxide faces political and technological challenges but ambitious targets have been set in fighting the climate crisis.

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To break their ‘two steps forward, one step back’ routine on climate action, the Asia-Pacific needs to start delivering on ambitious emissions targets.

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Dr Kimberley Reid provides an explainer of the climatic phenomenon known as El Niño.

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