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Jakarta Post

Jakarta's air among Asia's cleanest? Say it ain't so!

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2009   /  01:10 pm

The Jakarta Environmental Management Board (BPLHD) made an audacious and uninformed claim Friday that Jakarta's air quality was the third-highest in Asia. Right. If all the other cities in Asia were struck off the list. Misciting data from the Clean Air Initiative Asia (CAI Asia), agency head Peni Susanti said Jakarta's average level of particulate matter (PM10) was 68.5 micrograms per cubic meter in 2008. Particulate matter is fine suspended particulates small enough to penetrate deep into the respiratory tract and can cause health problems. "This makes us the number three city in Asia for clean air," Peni said at a press conference, attributing it to the city's various green programs. CAI Asia is an international forum established by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and USAID to share experiences and build partnerships to improve air quality in Asian ...