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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Pollution

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 27,105 mod
I'm not sure where this topic should go, as it touches on many categories: home, health, science, in the news - but countries and travel too.

Yesterday The Guardian reported on the air pollution in Kathmandu asking the question: 'Has air pollution made Kathmandu unliveable?' The article claimed Nepal’s air quality ranked 177th out of 178 countries (Yale’s 2014 Environmental Performance Index), better only than Bangladesh.

A quick check for more recent figures confirmed that though everyone often blames Delhi as the most polluted, in fact, a city in Macedonia (Tetova) is currently holding the record for having the worst air pollution in the world. Cairo comes in at number two (@aladdin, is this your home town?) and then Kathmandu is number three. Delhi in fact comes in at number eight, Dhaka at number 14 and Beijing at number 18.

But depending which statistics you look at, Delhi is still quoted as worst for air pollution. https://www.pollutionsolutions-online.com/news/air-clean-up/16/breaking_news/where_is_the_most_polluted_city_in_the_world/37240/ and http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/15/the-worlds-most-polluted-cities

How bad is pollution in your home town? What if anything are people trying to do about it? What solutions do you think are most effective?

To see how you city ranks, have a look at: http://www.numbeo.com/pollution/rankings.jsp

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