On Thursday, the city's elementary schools were ordered closed and drivers told to stay off the roads in the Mexican capital due to poor air quality. Authorities have also recommended that residents avoid exercising outdoors.That followed city officials' declaration on Tuesday of an environmental emergency, due to severe air pollution exacerbated by wildfires. At time of writing, the US Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow index on air quality (AQI) described Mexico City's air as an "unhealthy" level of 166. The lower the AQI, the less polluted it is. Mexico is a city of more than 21 million people, and it has been plagued by air pollution for decades. Some residents say they believe officials have been too slow to react to the emergency. But Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum says her administration is working on a comprehensive plan to address not only the current emergency, but air pollution in the long term. She attributes the city's problem to cars, factories, higher temperatures and wildfires.Read More – Source
Alpine Skiing – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics –Men’s Downhill Training – Jeongseon Alpine Centre – Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 – Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada trains. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini 7:20 PM 02/09/2018 Pinterest Reddit LinkedIn WhatsApp Share TOP The ratings for NBC’s coverage of the pre-Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, dropped by nearly 40 percent in the key demographic compared to the 2014 games, according to The Hollywood Reporter Friday. A three-hour block Thursday night featuring free-style skiing and men’s figure skating averaged a 3.7 rating among adults ages 18-49 with 16 million viewers on NBC. That includes a live telecast and an encore on the West Coast. Erin Hamlin of U.S. carries the national flag. REUTERS/Phil Noble And while those numbers sound rather impressive, compared to the pre-Opening Day coverage in 2014 for the winter games in Sochi, Russia, the coverage in the key demographic dropped by 38 percent an..