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Hanoi chokes as Vietnam capital tops most polluted cities list

The recent alarming situation in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, vividly illustrates the deadly impact of air pollution on both the climate and human health. On Tuesday, the city found itself shrouded in a thick haze of pollution, obscuring its high-rise buildings and subjecting its nearly nine million inhabitants to toxic air. According to the air monitoring website IQAir, Hanoi claimed the unenviable title of the world's most polluted city, with PM2.5 pollutant levels reaching a staggering "very unhealthy" classification—more than 24 times the World Health Organization's annual guideline.

PM2.5 pollutants, insidious microparticles capable of penetrating the bloodstream through the lungs, pose a severe health risk. The widespread construction activities, emissions from countless motorbikes and cars, and the impact of carbon emissions from coal plants and agricultural burning contribute to the city's persistently hazardous air quality. The situation has become so dire that residents like Nguyen Minh Huong, an office worker, find themselves donning masks to navigate the outdoor environment.

"I have had to wear a mask whenever I've gone out over the last few days as the air quality has been so bad," laments Huong. "It's hard to breathe. I sneeze all the time, so I have had to limit my time outside." The adverse effects extend beyond inconvenience and discomfort, as health experts warn of a heightened risk of serious conditions such as strokes, heart disease, and lung cancer due to prolonged exposure to such hazardous air.



The issue is not confined to Hanoi alone; it reflects a broader global concern. The World Bank's recent report on air pollution reveals that 40 percent of Hanoi's population is exposed to concentrations nearly five times higher than the WHO guidelines. These distressing statistics underscore the urgent need for comprehensive measures to address the root causes of air pollution, from vehicle emissions to industrial activities, in order to safeguard both the climate and the health of millions around the world. The consequences of inaction are not just environmental; they are deeply intertwined with the well-being and vitality of the communities grappling with the perilous consequences of polluted air.

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  • George Kariuki

    5 w

    Hanoi's situation is alarming, but it's not unique. Millions breathe polluted air daily. PM2.5 is dangerous! Let's fight for clean air for all!

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    • CHRIS NGATIA

      5 w

      This is very alarming.. They need to find solutions quick

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      • Edwin wangombe

        5 w

        @chris_ngatia The quicker the better so that we can prevent the fatal effects associated with this level of pollution

      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Chris Ndungu

          6 w

          Growing cities should not be faced by challenges of the environment, which image will they paint to people? This call for an immediate action to be taken to protect public health.

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          • Edwin wangombe

            5 w

            @chris_ndungu Poor urban planning caused this and the government needs to put policies in place that will curb such from happening in future

          • johnte ndeto

            6 w

            It's so sad that pollution in cities are human generated and governments ought to take the initiative to control the same

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            • Edwin wangombe

              5 w

              @johnte_ndeto I agree with you on this some things are not solely to be blamed on the government but also on the people... a good and clean environment depends on every individual

            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              6 w

              Very alarming situation, this puts people's health in danger, necessary actions are needed to control the situation

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              • Edwin wangombe

                5 w

                @elizbeth_gathigia the only way they can control this situation is ban the use of fossil fuels and divert to clean energy

              • Princess

                6 w

                It's a shameful situation that shouldn't be tolerated any longer 😕.

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  5 w

                  @princess_nel_268 Vietnam should work towards curbing such situations with heist and in a sustainable manner, so it has to adopt renewable energy which has zero emissions

                • Kevin

                  6 w

                  Choking even when reading this ! Vietnam's capital needs to up their game and manage their public planning amenities to avert a crisis

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    5 w

                    @Kevin Yes... it is time for effective action by the government to avert the fatalities that come with this type of pollution

                  • walter lungayi

                    6 w

                    This is a concerning reminder of the environmental challenges facing many rapidly growing cities. Urgent action is needed to address the causes and protect public health.

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                    • Edwin wangombe

                      5 w

                      @walter_lungayi It is time for governments to put policies in place that will ensure sustainable and healthy urbanization and growth of cities, especially by providing renewable energy and electrifying the transport sector

                    • Boniface Kuria

                      6 w

                      Not only is this harmful to the environment but also harmful to peoples health. A solution need to be found and fast.

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                      • Edwin wangombe

                        5 w

                        @boniface_kuria I agree with you such a situation is a hazard, and it needs to be taken care of with immediate effect to prevent fatalities

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