Report: Hanoi Had 38 Days of Clean Air in 2017

Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, enjoyed little more than one month of clean air last year as pollution levels rose to match those of China's smog-prone capital, Beijing, preliminary findings of a new report showed. Annual average air pollution in Hanoi in 2017 was also four times higher than the level deemed acceptable by the World Health Organization's air quality guidelines, according to a report by the Green Innovation and Development Center (GreenID). And the situation is likely to get worse, according to the Hanoi-based nonprofit organization. "A bit more than one month were days with good air quality," said Lars Blume, technical adviser at GreenID, which analyzed air monitoring data compiled at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. "It is out of people's control — they have to go out and work — and in many cases it is hard to really feel whether air is good or bad," Blume told the...


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