Gulf Times - air-quality
UK mayors want new petrol, diesel car ban to start earlier

UK mayors want new petrol, diesel car ban to start earlier

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government said last year it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040.

India's capital battered by dust storms as it awaits rain

India's capital battered by dust storms as it awaits rain

The air quality levels in Delhi ranged from "very unhealthy" to "hazardous" on Friday as a steady breeze blew.

Pollution stops play in India-Sri Lanka Test in Delhi

Pollution stops play in India-Sri Lanka Test in Delhi

Many of Sri Lanka's fielders returned from lunch on the second day of the Test against India wearing masks amid visible haze at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

Thousands of schools close as smog blankets India, Pakistan

Thousands of schools close as smog blankets India, Pakistan

Schools closed across large swathes of north India on Thursday as pollution hit hazardous levels for the third day, with growing calls for urgent government action to tackle what doctors are calling a public health emergency.

Schools shut in Delhi amid alarm over high pollution

Schools shut in Delhi amid alarm over high pollution

A thick brown smog hung over Delhi with residents reporting smarting in the eyes and irritation in the nose and throat.

Indian capital wakes up to 'hazardous' smog

Indian capital wakes up to 'hazardous' smog

Delhi's air quality typically worsens ahead of the onset of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground, preventing them from dispersing into the atmosphere.

Dust storm envelops swathe of northern China

Dust storm envelops swathe of northern China

A dust storm enveloped a swathe of northern China on Thursday dragging down air quality and visibility and prompting warnings for children and old people to stay indoors.

As smog returns, Beijing says skies are getting cleaner

As smog returns, Beijing says skies are getting cleaner

The Chinese capital was on the second-highest orange smog alert in the depth of winter on Tuesday as city officials said the air quality was improving overall, citing data for the whole of last year.

Madrid lifts partial car ban as pollution eases

Madrid lifts partial car ban as pollution eases

Madrid on Thursday lifted an unprecedented ban on half of most private cars as pollution in the Spanish capital eased up.

China chokes under heavy smog with worse ahead

China chokes under heavy smog with worse ahead

Hospital visits spiked, roads were closed and flights cancelled on Monday as China choked under a vast cloud of toxic smog, with forecasters warning worse was yet to come.

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

Delhi's government announced Friday that it will install air purifiers and a mist-making device at major road intersections in the Indian capital to curb choking levels of pollution.

Strolling and selfies as Paris' Champs-Elysees goes car-free

Strolling and selfies as Paris' Champs-Elysees goes car-free

The sight of cars thundering down Paris's most famous boulevard was replaced on Sunday by people strolling, cycling and taking selfies in the sun as the Champs-Elysees went traffic-free.