Hanoi’s air pollution ranked second in Southeast Asia

Hanoi stood second in Southeast Asia in terms of air pollution just behind Jakarta, according to a 2018 World Air Quality Report jointly conducted by Greenpeace and IQAir AirVisual.

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The report was made following data from dozens of air quality monitoring stations across the world. 

The report showed that up to 99% of South Asian cities; 95% of Southeast Asian cities and 89% of those in East Asia surpassed the allowed PM2.5 level

PM2.5, also described as superfine particles, is a fraction of the width of a human hair, which is released from vehicles, industry and natural sources like dust.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality Guideline recommends an annual mean exposure threshold of 10 μg/m3 to minimise health risks.

Up to 64% among more than 3,000 surveyed cities in the report exceeded the level.

In Southeast Asia, Jakarta was the most polluted city which had a PM2.5 level of 45.3 μg/m3. It was followed by Hanoi with 40.8mg/m3.

Meanwhile, HCM City was also named among the most 20 polluted cities in the region with 26.9 μg /m3.

Hanoi is now home to up to 5.8 million motorbikes and 0.7 million cars, which is among major reasons for the city’s bad air quality. Meanwhile, a range of construction projects are underway in the city have also been blamed.


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