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Jakarta Post

AirVisual global report: The poison we breathe...grew even more poisonous in 2019

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 26, 2020   /  02:02 pm
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The usually gleaming the golden flame atop the National Monument in Central Jakarta is dulled amid the thick smog in Jakarta on Sept. 3, 2019.(JP/Rafaela Chandra)

If you notice that the sky is less than blue and feel an urge to don a mask, it's probably because the air quality in the Indonesian capital has significantly worsened over the past two years, according to AirVisual, which monitors air quality in cities the world over. The 2019 World Air Quality Report published on Tuesday shows that the air over Jakarta has become increasingly polluted since 2018 and hit a new low in 2019. The report is based on AirVisual's real-time aggregated data on air quality, which is gathered from ground-based air monitoring stations that measure fine particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers, or PM2.5. PM2.5 particulates are small enough to breathe in through the nose and could go even deeper into the alveoli, the air sacs in the lungs where the process of exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide in the blo...