Air in Mongolia – level 3

13-12-2017 07:00

Air pollution in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, is five times worse than that of Beijing in China. Around 1,200 people, including 120 children, die from air pollution in Mongolia annually.

Winter temperatures can drop to -30° Celsius, and more than a half of the city’s 1.3 million residents keep warm by burning coal, plastic, and rubber tyres.

A mother said that her children often get sick because of the pollution and said that mornings are the worst. People say that the peak level of pollution is 35 times higher than the threshold from the World Health Organisation.

Difficult words: annually (each year), resident (a person who lives somewhere), peak (top, the most), threshold (the limit).

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