Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

BANGKOK (AP) — More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have been shut as several weeks of dangerously unhealthy air pollution causes increasing concern. Prime Minister ...

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards e...

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia. In Bangkok, a combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollut...

South Korea: Record high smog pollution from China raises health concerns

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – South Korea has been suffering serious smog levels in recent days, and as usual, the culprit is China’s heavy industry across the Yellow Sea. Seoul has reported f...

Indian firefighters battle air pollution in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have ordered firefighters in the capital to sprinkle water from high-rise buildings to settle dust and stop garbage fires and have banned construction activity amid...

‘Air pollution deadlier than smoking’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. researchers have said today (Nov. 20) that air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels has shortened the average life expectancy across the world by 1.8 years...

Prolonged cold symptoms could be reaction to Taiwan's air pollution: Doctor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As air pollution in Taiwan reached frightening levels over the past couple weeks, a doctor in Taichung told CNA yesterday (Nov. 14) that an increased number of patients believi...

12 stations flash red pollution alerts in central, southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Due to poor diffusion conditions and an accumulation of pollutants, the air quality in central and southern Taiwan is still poor with harmful levels of pollution reported in 30...

Red air pollution warning still in place for central, southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- While northeasterly winds have brought some respite from the frightening levels of air pollution seen in northern Taiwan over the past few days, a red warning is still in place...

Photo of the Day: Godzilla rises from smog in western Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As frightening levels of pollution plague western Taiwan for a second day in a row, a Taiwanese netizen took a photo of a murky street in the western Taiwan city of Taichung, a...

Western Taiwan struck by 'unhealthy' air for second day in a row

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Unsightly and "unhealthy" air quality continues to hover over western Taiwan for the second straight day, with 58 weather stations reporting harmful levels of air pol...

India allows 'green' firecrackers for Diwali

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday allowed the use of reduced-smoke fireworks during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, next month. Activists had petitioned the top court for a complete ban on ...

Fire in 3 warehouses in Kaohsiung burns for 12 hours

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A fire broke out last night in three warehouses in Kaohsiung City and the blaze lasted for nearly 12 hours before it was put out at 7 a.m. this morning, reported CNA. At 8 ...

Taipei ruminating on ban of Mid-Autumn Festival BBQs in riverside parks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Taipei City government is considering banning barbecues in riverside parks during the Mid-Autumn Festival as trash has continued to build up in parks and PM 2.5 pollution i...

Taitung County has Taiwan's best air, Taipei City sixth-best: academic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tsuang Ben-jei (莊秉潔), Professor of Environmental Engineering at National Chung Hsing University has crunched the numbers and published Taiwan's air pollution results f...