The United States on Wednesday announced that it would expand it’s air quality monitoring programme, which it had begun in Beijing, to others cities around the world beginning with India.
Called AirNow, the programme will see US missions monitoring air quality in host cities and countries to take better care of its personnel posted in these places. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the initiative, with India as the first destination. He said Vietnam is next on the monitoring list.
“As it expands to more and more posts in different countries, this effort is going to provide Foreign Service officers, military men and women, and US citizens living or just visiting abroad with better information about the air they are breathing, so that they can make healthier choices and hopefully mitigate some of the harmful impacts,” Kerry said.