Air pollution in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi has worsened recently according to measurements recorded by the AQMS stations network of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. They have indeed recorded orange alerts, causing a potential danger to the elderly and children.
The NGO Vietnam Clean Air Partnership (VCAP) also noted that the level of fine particles in Hanoi has risen sharply, reaching a worrying threshold. The People’s Committee has expressed concern about the deterioration of air quality in the capital, attributing it to road traffic and construction projects underway in the city. Air pollution in Vietnam has reached an alarming level, especially in the big cities, where PM2.5 particles air concentration is on the rise and can lead to many serious diseases. Fine particles are composed mainly of sulphate and nitrate, can enter the respiratory system and cause cancer.
Hanoi’s Environmental Management Bureau also faces these challenges and initiatives are underway to generate accurate air quality data to respond to monitoring needs and contribute to effective decision-making. The city has consequently implemented an AQMS stations network featuring ENVEA’s ambient air monitors providing real-time air quality measurements.