The World Bank: Curbing Air Pollution in Mongolia’s Capital

Gerelchimeg lives in one of the “ger areas” of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. Ger means nomadic tent in Mongolian – former herders who lost their domestic animals to harsh winters or who are looking for better job opportunities brought their gers to the city and settled on the close-in city outskirts, without piped water, sanitation or basic city infrastructure. Even worse, dwellers of ger areas like Gerelchimeg have to breathe the thick, toxic smog of the city – when breathing, their lungs act like air filters, catching and storing the harmful dust which scientists call “Particulate Matter” (PM). PM that is smaller than 2.5 microns or “PM2.5” can cause severe respiratory illnesses. A newly-published report by the World Bank presents findings on Ulaanbaatar’s air pollution and its impact on health. To read the full article, click hereCurbing Air Pollution in Mongolia’s Capital

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