Feb 12, 2019

Hotels offering filters, purifiers to escape air pollution

Smog in New Delhi. Pankaj Nangia/India Today Group/Getty Images

Hotels around the world are providing rooms with air filtration or purification systems to combat threats of outdoor pollution, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: 91% of the world’s population lives in places where the air quality exceeds World Health Organization limits, and that's created a business opportunity for hotel chains.

  • Hotels are charging a 5% to 7% premium for rooms with filtration and purification systems.
  • The Intercontinental San Francisco installed air purifiers following the wildfire in Paradise, Calif.

Worst case scenario: NYT reports that the Oberoi in New Delhi reopened last year from a renovation and installed air purifiers that filter exterior air as it enters the building throughout the entire hotel. The city's air quality index is 12 times the U.S. government-recommended level, per WHO.

Go deeper: Air pollution reduces average life expectancy by 2 years

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Bloomberg denies telling a pregnant employee to "kill it"

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Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the debate stage Tuesday denied telling a former employee to terminate her pregnancy.

Catch up quick: Per the Washington Post, a former saleswoman has alleged workplace discrimination against Bloomberg and his company and says Bloomberg told her to "kill it" when he learned she was pregnant. Bloomberg denied the allegation under oath and entered a confidential settlement with the woman.

Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.