Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Air Pollution in Tehran

Following the photo summary of air pollution in Teheran by Mehr News Agency, here is an article from the New York Times on December 21st, 2010, to present worsening case of air pollution, in spite of two day public holidays to reduce traffic density and associated vehicle emissions on roads.

According to e-mails circulated to industry experts and reproduced on unofficial news sites and blogs, Iran’s new supply of domestic gasoline may contain high levels of aromatics — more than twice the level permitted by Iranian law. Burning aromatics in car engines produces exhaust packed with high concentrations of “floating particles” or “particulates” that, added to the typical smog caused by nitrous oxides and ozone, can cause a range of health problems from headaches and dizziness to more serious cardiac and respiratory complaints.

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