Saudi environmental authority launches air-quality index

Updated 23 June 2018
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Saudi environmental authority launches air-quality index

JEDDAH: To mark World Environment Day 2018, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection (PME) has launched on its website a test version of a Gulf standards index measuring air quality in various parts of the Kingdom.

The initiative is part of the PME’s “relentless efforts to monitor environmental protection activities with a high degree of transparency,” said Dr. Ahmed Al-Ansari, the authority’s vice president for environmental affairs. The index covers some 45 locations throughout the Kingdom around the clock, and will give air-quality readings in six colors, he added. 

The index “also helps track pollutants and contaminants by measuring elements affecting health, namely carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone gas, sulfur dioxide and dust particles,” Al-Ansari added. 


Houthis agree to stop firing missiles at Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 November 2018
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Houthis agree to stop firing missiles at Saudi Arabia

  • The Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks
  • It cessation was done at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths

SANAA, Yemen: A senior leader of the Houthi militia says the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts.
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, says the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The statement was carried by militia-controlled media early on Monday.
Griffiths announced on Friday that both sides had agreed to attend talks in Sweden “soon” aimed at ending the three-year war. The announcement followed an informal de-escalation last week around the key port city of Hodeidah.