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Jakarta Post

Air pollution returns as activity back to normal

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 25 2020   /  01:00 am
Hardly visible: Smog blankets Jakarta’s skyscrapers on Tuesday. Air pollution in the city is among the worst in the world.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

The respite of bluer skies and slightly fresher air that Jakartans enjoyed during the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) has given way to smog as activities resume in the capital. But air quality during the PSBB, while it was generally better than other periods, was still not ideal. Data compiled by Greenpeace Indonesia from ambient air sensors at the United States embassy buildings in Central and South Jakarta show that the capital did not have a single day of “good” air quality from the beginning of the PSBB to June 4, when it began gradually easing restrictions. “Good” air quality occurs when the air quality at a given location does not exceed the World Health Organization standard of 25 micrograms per cubic meter [μg/m3] for particulate matter 2.5, measured on a six-grade air quality scale. Not a single day of healthy air was logge...