IF you’ve been having trouble breathing lately, it’s not only because of the rising oil prices or the latest political scandal. Breathing itself has become quite hazardous, considering how dirty our air has become. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) itself says that while air quality has improved a bit in recent years, it is still far from being near what it considers the “acceptable level.”
Four years ago, the government imposed emission tests on all registered vehicles in an effort to keep smoke belchers off the road. But as the latest piece in i Report’s Power and Poisons series notes, pessimism abounds regarding the impact of the test on cleaning up the air. The tests, after all, do not measure all the pollutants being spewed by vehicles. Incessant reports of payoffs at emission testing centers have also pretty much clouded the credibility of the tests.
Read on at pcij.org.