What is happening with air quality in Mexico City?

May 15, 2019
Air Quality in Mexico DF city - Kunak

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Mexico City authorities activated the extraordinary environmental contingency plan on Tuesday. The more than 20 fires that the city is suffering in the last two days have increased pollution levels becoming a threat to public health.

The activation of the plan reinforces the precautionary measures for citizenship. Recommendations include staying indoors or avoiding outdoor activity. In addition, the circulation of vehicles has been limited.

For Mexico City, this situation of environmental crisis is not new. So far in 2019, the plan has been activated up to five times in the city due to the large presence of ozone and particles.

World Athletics anticipates the environmental crisis

World Athletics installed last January at the Mexican Olympic Sports Center (CDOM).

The team collects air quality data in real-time, measuring the levels of various pollutants and, thereby, assessing the impact of environmental pollution on athletes’ performance, as well as designing new policies and strategies to counteract.

The ultimate goal of the program is to develop an air quality monitoring network that links 1000 tracks certified by the IAAF throughout the world.

Carlos Padilla Becerra, President of the Mexican Olympic Committee, declares that the installation of this air quality monitor is accounted for with the endorsement of the certification.

“Caring for the health of our athletes and the community in general is not only an ideal, but now, thanks to science and technology, it is a reality,” he said.

Example for other Federations

On the other hand, Liga MX of soccer has decided to change the day of the semifinals between America and Leon due to the pollution crisis.

The colour of the head, red eyes and eyes have been some of the visible symptoms that players have experienced during these days.

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