Bosnian capital of Sarajevo hit by dangerous air pollution

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities say air pollution in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo has reached dangerous levels in recent days, prompting officials to ban freight vehicles from the r...

Regional environmental education center launched by Taiwan, US

The Global Environmental Education Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Center opened Dec. 3 in the central city of Taichung, highlighting the commitment of Taiwan and the U.S. to ensuring a healthy and ...

Egyptian government seeks to do away with popular tuk-tuks

CAIRO (AP) — Motorized rickshaws known as tuk-tuks have ruled the streets of Cairo’s slums for the past two decades, squeezing through dusty alleys, dodging trash bins and fruit stands, blaring rhythm...

Robot vacuums can raise air pollution levels sixfold: study

Robot vacuums operating in enclosed spaces can increase the level of harmful airborne particles by a factor of six, according to study results released on Thursday. The air quality risks caused by ...

Officials close schools in Iranian capital because of smog

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reports that authorities in the capital Tehran have decided to close down all kindergartens, schools and universities because of high levels of ai...

China's air pollution could have been factor in Taiwanese-Canadian actor's death: Doctor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After news broke on Wednesday (Nov. 27) that a Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model had suddenly died of a heart attack, Taiwanese physician Su I-feng (蘇一峰) on Thursday (Nov...

Taiwan has 15th highest lung cancer rate in world

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has the 15th highest incidence of lung cancer in the world and second-highest in Asia, trailing only North Korea, according to the Formosa Cancer Foundation. To ...

Rights group draws attention to heavy smog in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore are at risk of respiratory disease because of poor air quality related to thick smog hanging over the region, a...

80% of S. Korea's winter air pollution made in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Up to 80 percent of the PM2.5 air contaminants in South Korea come from China during the winter and early spring, according to a collaborative study carried out by experts...

Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread across Australia

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hazardous smoke is blanketing Sydney as wildfires burning across eastern and southern Australia. Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city on Thursda...

22 farmers arrested in India for causing air pollution

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A government official says 22 farmers in northern India have been arrested for burning stubbles and causing some of the worst air pollution in the country. Spok...

India’s Parliament debates toxic air danger

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Parliament has discussed the toxic air threatening the lives of the capital region’s 48 million people, with opposition leaders demanding the creation of a parliamentary panel...

Video shows pollution from China bearing down on Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Air quality is expected to deteriorate throughout the day in Taiwan today (Nov. 18) as air pollution drifts south from China. As a northeast wind gradually strengthens,...

Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

NEW DELHI (AP) — Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air. ...

Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said. ...