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14:07, 04 January 2019

Mongolia starts new phase of air pollution control project

AKIPRESS.COM - Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar started on Thursday a new phase of an air pollution control project supported by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Xinhua reports citing the mayor's office.

The third phase of the project, called Capacity Development Project for Air Pollution Control in Ulan Bator, focuses on providing processed fuel for low-income households in the capital's highly polluted areas and continuing efforts to reduce car emissions, as well as the accreditation of water heaters, according to a statement by the mayor's office.

The two sides will continue to improve the monitoring of data in environmental measurement, the statement said.

Ulan Bator, home to more than half of the country's 3.2-million population, suffers from one of the world's worst air polutions in winter.

More than 800,000 residents, half of Ulaanbaatar's population, live in ger districts and use raw coal and other flammable materials to keep warm and cook meals during the six-month-long winter season.

It is estimated that 80 percent of air pollution in the city is caused by ger stoves.

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