28 Sep '11, 1am

Good news: Singapore's air is region's cleanest. Bad news: It still falls short of WHO recommended air quality guidelines

SINGAPORE - While the air in Singapore is cleaner than it is in other South-east Asian countries, the Republic's outdoor air pollution reading exceeds the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended air quality guidelines, according to a report on about 1,100 cities released by the global body yesterday. However, in a press release, the WHO noted that "only a few cities currently meet the WHO guideline values" - only 10 countries made the cut. The report looked at how many tiny air pollutant particles - PM10 particles - were recorded floating in the air in each city. Singapore's PM10 reading came in at 32 micrograms per cubic metre of air, above the WHO's guidelines, which call for PM10 readings below 20 micrograms per cu m. In contrast, countries like Estonia - which topped the list - and Australia have some of the best air in the world, with PM10 readings of 11 and 13 ...

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