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S. Korea blanketed by fine dust, alert issued

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- A thick layer of fine dust blanketed South Korea on Wednesday, prompting the capital Seoul to issue this year's first warning against the particles and urge people to stay indoors. According to the data by the Korea Meteorological Administration, Seoul's atmospheric concentration levels of "particulate matter (PM)-10" pollutants recorded 227 micrograms per cubic meter as of 1 p.m., reaching the "very bad" level.

Appeals court says EPA acted reasonably in decision not to change carbon monoxide standard

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. Three environmental and wildlife organizations want the public health standard toughened. But the appeals court says in a 3-0 ruling that the private groups cannot challenge the lack of a secondary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. The EPA decided not to have one, based on a finding that the connection between carbon monoxide and climate change was tenuous.

British PM skips morning jog because of pollution

British Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned his normal early morning run on Thursday because of high pollution levels in London. A combination of local emissions, light winds and pollution from continental Europe, compounded with dust blown from the Sahara, has prompted health warnings about poor air quality across southern and central England. Asked about the pollution levels in a BBC interview, Cameron said: "It is unpleasant, and you can feel it in the air."

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

BEIJING/SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia, officials said. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing to join hands in fight against fine dust

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul municipal government said Monday it will sign an agreement with Beijing to make joint efforts to cut hazardous air pollution, with South Korea increasingly affected by ultrafine dust from China. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will fly to the Chinese capital city on Thursday to have talks with his counterpart Wang Anshun and sign the agreement that calls for the two cities' close cooperation to tackle air pollution, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

The world's most polluted cities

Paris has leapt into the headlines over an alert for dangerous atmospheric particles, yet it does not ordinarily count among the world's most polluted cities. Here are the top 10 cities for which data is available, according to a 2011 World Health Organisation (WHO) report. The pollution is measured as the microgramme (mcg) concentration per cubic metre of air of particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometres (PM10) -- about a seventh of the width of a human hair. The figures are the average for the year. Seasonal spikes can be many times higher.

The world's most polluted cities

Paris has leapt into the headlines over an alert for dangerous atmospheric particles, yet it does not ordinarily count among the world's most polluted cities. Here are the top 10 cities for which data is available, according to a 2011 World Health Organisation (WHO) report. The pollution is measured as the microgramme (mcg) concentration per cubic metre of air of particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometres (PM10) -- about a seventh of the width of a human hair. The figures are the average for the year. Seasonal spikes can be many times higher.

Polluted Paris forces half cars off the road

Paris on Monday resorted to drastic measures to curb sky-high pollution by banning all cars with even number plates for the first time in nearly two decades. In a move that infuriated motorist organisations, around 700 police officers were deployed to man 60 checkpoints around the French capital to ensure only cars with plates ending in odd numbers were out on the streets.
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