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Air pollution in Greater Jakarta — a national disgrace

  • Hindun Mulaika
    Hindun Mulaika

    Climate and energy team leader at Greenpeace Indonesia

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Jakarta   /   Tue, May 2, 2017   /  09:34 am
Air pollution in Greater Jakarta — a national disgrace Over the course of February 2017, volunteers and staff from Greenpeace Indonesia fanned out across Greater Jakarta, armed with small hand-held devices that monitor air quality in real time. Nowhere in the city, a region of 28 million people, was the air safe to breathe. (Shutterstock/File)

Over the course of February, volunteers and staff from Greenpeace Indonesia fanned out across Greater Jakarta, armed with small hand-held devices that monitor air quality in real time. What they found was truly shocking. Nowhere in the city, a region of 28 million people, was the air safe to breathe. The measurements taken of PM2.5 — tiny particulate matter — showed levels far higher than the maximum daily guideline set by the World Health Organization (WHO). PM2.5 is important because it is potentially the most damaging of all the noxious chemicals found in air pollution. Everyone is affected, but the very young and those with respiratory conditions like asthma are particularly at risk. The WHO says any exposure to PM2.5, which is more than 25 ųg/m3 over a 24-hour period, is a danger to human health. The measurements on Feb. 28, 2017 taken by Greenpeace showed t...

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