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S-E Asia must diffuse a deadly health threat

As lockdowns ease, concerns must be raised over the emissions-health connection, which needs to be far higher on government agendas.

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Jakarta (above), Hanoi, Bangkok and some other cities in South-east Asia have some of the world's highest levels of urban air pollution levels, with a large swathe of the region hit by seasonal transboundary haze from burning peatland in Indonesia.

THE prospect of a second, even deadlier wave of Covid-19 puts into sharper focus the need to heed well-founded scientific health warnings. Over the past decade, alerts on communicable diseases linked to air pollution and global warming have increased sharply. South-east Asia is acutely...

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