In 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city was gripped by annual average air pollution levels four times higher than those regarded as acceptable. Rarely mentioned in the media, Hanoi’s air pollution levels often rival those of Beijing, Lahore, and Delhi – the most polluted cities on earth.
“Travelling around Hanoi is a perilous enterprise. Nonetheless, the Vietnamese seem indifferent to the dangers; squeezing their scooters into the tiniest openings between the traffic. At a closer glance, however, the most life-threatening element for these daily commuters is not the reckless hooligans riding 60km/h through non-existing space, but the choking mass of surrounding vehicles. Once snared in the midst, there is no choice but to breath in a toxic potion of a thousand exhausts fumes. From the top of Hanoi’s towers, you scour the skyline for refuge, searching for a sign of unadulterated air…only to realize that the city has been strangled by pollution.”
Top of Hanoi, Lotte Tower, Vietnam