What’s in a Name?

Critics of a new WHO study on urban air quality that ranks the world’s most polluted regions maintain that the ‘name and shame’ approach is inaccurate and misleading.

In a commentary, the authors argue that the findings may be skewed for a variety of reasons: no standardization in air monitoring equipment, a too-narrow focus on the pollutants measured—as they differ among regions—and the failure to consider weather variations as a factor in air quality.

“If we are to save lives now and protect future generations, we need to resist the clickbait headlines, and be more thoughtful and precise when talking about urban air quality,” the authors conclude.
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