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Lima has worst air pollution in South America, says new report
By Manuel Vigo
September 12, 2012
A new report published by the World Meteorological Organization has said that air pollution in Lima is the highest in South America, local radio RPP reported.
Odon Sanchez, head of environmental research at Senamhi – the country’s national weather service – said most of the city’s outdoor air pollution came from transportation and factories.
Several of the city’s districts, Sanchez said, were also affected by the surrounding hills, which do not allow air to circulate.
The most affected districts, he said, were Comas, Carabayllo, Ate, Santa Anita, and Independencia.
Last February the country’s General Directorate of Environmental Health (Digesa) said Lima and Callao had seen a 52 percent decrease in the amount of air pollutants, over the past 10 years.
According to a 2011 poll cited by RPP, air pollution is Lima residents’ second biggest concern.
According to the World Health Organization about a quarter of the world’s population is exposed to unhealthy concentrations of air pollutants daily.
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Total coments: 13
Commented By: Michael
On: September 12, 2012. 9:11 pm
When I first read this, I was going to post "Tell us something new." However, after thinking about it, while Lima sucks for pollution, I can distinctly tell a difference over the last 7 years. It is getting better, even if the process is slow, I don't know if you could expect an overnight change in an urban environment in a country like Peru.
Commented By: john Bickerton
On: September 13, 2012. 4:28 pm
not surprising about "Pollution" it is so unfair that most of us have to endure Vehicle testing once a year that is pretty extensive and thorough yet all over Lima you see Micro's and Taxi's churning out smoke and nothing is done to stop it. These vehicles are supposed to be tested twice a year and a lot have bald tyres and hardly any lights working. These are never stopped and checked and only Motorists in decent cars are stopped. (those that can afford Bribes)
Commented By: Victor
On: September 13, 2012. 5:28 pm
When I first came to Lima, my last destination had been Caracas. No way Lima is worse than Caracas!
Commented By: ajonesb
On: September 13, 2012. 7:10 pm
That's no surprise. That would explain why I am coughing up a long everyday plus the doctor mentioning that the air here is dirty plus the humidity which makes it worse for people who come other places that have dry weather.
Commented By: JIMMYJAMES
On: September 13, 2012. 9:23 pm
GET 90% OF THE OLD BUSSES, COMBIS, AND TAXIS OFF THE ROADS,AND MAYBE WE WILL SEE A BIGGER CHANGE. MANDATORY EMMISSION INSPECTIONS, ALONG WITH SAFETY INSPECTIONS. ONE DAY....
Commented By: BrianH
On: September 13, 2012. 9:57 pm
Take that Santiago! We finally beat Chile at something... err... I mean... wait a sec... Jokes aside; it's good to hear that hings are improving
Commented By: harry61
On: September 13, 2012. 11:51 pm
@john Bickerton and JimmyJames your absolutley right! That it is!! Only that!!
Commented By: Rin
On: September 14, 2012. 1:07 pm
Ventanilla is the worst of them all. I couldn't even open my eyes! Well I come from a country with clean air but yes Lima has one of the crappiest traffic congestion(s) ever!
Commented By: NYpoodle
On: September 15, 2012. 3:39 pm
JIMMY JAMES I totally agree with you, either that or everyone should just start wearing masks
Commented By: rodneyanddoris
On: September 16, 2012. 9:37 am
I was going to say No Kidding we need a report for that? But you all beat me to it. Horrible. Get rid of the chug chugs belching smoke all day would be a big improvement.
Commented By: xfile429
On: September 27, 2012. 5:25 pm
Tell me something I dont know! and overall they(police) only stop newer cars ...for money and the smokey ones and buses and such fly by! overall Lima is the worst of the worst! and there was a law past last year to remove the older cars-taxis and such..but it has not happen.
Commented By: Jose' Vicente
On: September 28, 2012. 10:21 am
"nothing is done to stop it" is an unfair statement. Michael said it best. One has to think it through...Lima's location on the coast also has to be considered. It's very easy to make a blanket statement, not considering Lima's geographical situation in relation to the Andes; Lima's rapid growth. I don't understand why people are so critical of a developing nation that is doing better than the rest of Latin American countries. No country is perfect....give things time to improve! The same people who complain about everything are the people who love other aspects of living in this beautiful and fascinating country: the people, the food, the opportunities. Yes, Lima is highly polluted..but so are other major cities of the world that don't have the great business opportunities, gastronomy and culture Lima has to offer! :)
Commented By: Juan
On: March 14, 2013. 9:21 pm
Lima is very wonderful city, Pisco sour,ceviche,rocoto...is beautiful.
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