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posted by n1 on Wednesday May 07 2014, @11:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-holding-my-breath--oh-wait dept.

Air pollution in many of the worlds cities is breaching guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries revealed that nearly 90% of people in urban centres breathe air that fails to meet levels deemed safe.

The WHO says that about half of the world's urban population is exposed to pollution at least 2.5 times higher than it recommends.

Air quality was poorest in Asia, followed by South America and Africa.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by hybristic on Thursday May 08 2014, @02:32AM

    by hybristic (10) on Thursday May 08 2014, @02:32AM (#40790) Journal

    I got a flyer at work saying that a few blocks will be shut down for a couple of days to spare the air. What's funny is there are a few crossfit gyms that do a lot of their workouts by the street inhaling all that crap.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @06:59AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @06:59AM (#40834)

    What's funny is there are a few crossfit gyms that do a lot of their workouts by the street inhaling all that crap.

    The real crap is not just the stuff next to a street. The small stuff (2um) floats everywhere. Close to street only has a bit more large particulates, but small stuff, that's everywhere.