I tweeted this BBC article yesterday, but for those of you that didn’t get a chance to read it, I’m reposting it again here. With temperatures in the upper 20’s in December, the weather is something that’s been on all of our minds…so here it goes..
In an article titled, “Iran Declares Second Pollution Holiday,” the BBC wrote,
“Iran has declared a two-day public holiday in Tehran due to air pollution – the second such shutdown in a week. Public offices, banks, schools and universities will remain shut throughout Wednesday and Thursday, officials said.
It follows a similar move last Wednesday, when state TV announced the closures because of “polluted and unhealthy” atmospheric conditions.
Critics say the holidays are costly for Iran’s economy.
Iran’s weekend begins on Friday, meaning the weekend has been extended by two days.
Tehran’s population has greatly increased in recent decades, and there are high number of cars on the roads – many of them old.
The city is wedged between mountains, meaning dirty air can get trapped when there is no wind or rain.
Iranian health experts say thousands of deaths a year are caused by heart attacks and respiratory illnesses brought on by smog.”
So what do you think? Are pollution holidays in the cards for Beirut? If I were to answer based on the pictures above, I would say that the answer is a resounding “yes.”