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How bad is Jakarta's air pollution? 'Not that bad', says city agency

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, June 30, 2019   /  04:23 pm
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Misty haze: Skyscrapers in downtown Jakarta appear suspended in a thick fog of haze in this undated file photo. The capital's environment agency touts its data as more accurate than those of apps that use the US air quality index (ADI) standard.(Shutterstock/Creative Images)

Jakarta is suffocating in its unhealthy air, several netizens pronounced last week, referring to data on air quality monitoring apps. But the city administration presented different data, saying that it was not that bad. According to air quality monitoring software Air Visual, Jakarta scored 240 on the Air Quality Index (AQI) on the morning of June 25, which indicates "very unhealthy" air quality and is color coded purple – the fifth in the six-level index that ranges fro "good" to "hazardous". It also meant that Jakarta had the worst air quality in the world on that morning. Air quality is generally measured according to particle pollution, or the density of tiny solid particles and liquid droplets – particulate matter, abbreviated PM –  that are suspended in the air. Air Visual recorde...