Friday, November 15, 2013

Is Bogotá's Air Polluted?

Morning smog over central Bogotá. 
Is Bogotá's air poisonously polluted? 

Those of us who breathe, smell and see that air are sure that it is.

But city officials evidently aren't sure - so they're going to study the situation - yet again.

Sensors will be installed on Ave. Septima and Calle 60 to determine just exactly how poisonous Bogotá's poisonous air has become. Helpfully, South Korea also plans to contribute $5 million to strengthen Bogotá's air quality monitoring network. (They'd do our air a greater favor by not exporting those ultra-dirty Kia and SangYung vehicles.)

All of this data collection will serve to...delay taking action, such as (God forbid) actually enforcing air pollution laws.

A bus sends up a spout of smoke in downtown Bogotá.

Green, evidently, is not always clean. 

Surrender? An ancient truck sends up white smoke. 
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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