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Greater Jakarta: Jakarta has worst air quality in SEA: Study

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 9 2019   /  01:46 am

The capital ranked first among cities with the worst air quality in Southeast Asia last year, a recent study has shown. The study by Greenpeace and AirVisual IQ published on March 5 monitored air quality in hundreds of cities across the globe. Jakarta ranked first, followed by Hanoi, for the worst air quality, the head of Greenpeace Indonesia, Leonard Simanjuntak, said.Across the globe, Leonard added, Jakarta ranked 161st for cities with the worst air quality. New Delhi was in first place.“Four- and two-wheeled vehicles exceed Jakarta’s capacity. There is almost no control over them. It’s easier for people to use private vehicles in Jakarta,” he said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.Another factor, according to Greenpeace, was coal-fired steam power plants (PLTU) located around Jakarta. The PLTUs contributed 33 to 36 percent to air pollution in Jakarta.“There are PLTUs aroun...