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US assistance to improve Bangladesh air quality

  • Published at 12:08 pm July 25th, 2019
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U.S. Envoy for Air Quality Dr. James J Schauer discusses ideas for tackling air pollution with Abul Kalam Azad, Chief Coordinator for SDG affairs in PMO, on Tuesday,July 23, 2019 Twitter

It is a growing threat to human health, and has significant consequences: US Embassy

The United States has said it will continue to help Bangladesh improve air quality.

The US embassy announced Washington’s willingness to assist on Wednesday on its new Twitter handle.

@Dhaka_Air, inaugurated to mark the visit of US Science Envoy for Air Quality Dr James J Schauer, stated: “Air quality is a crucial issue that affects every single person in Dhaka, Bangladesh, America, and around the world.

“It is a large and growing global threat to human health, and has significant economic consequences.”

Why US air quality monitor?

The US Department of State, through a partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency, has installed air quality monitors at US embassies and consulates across the globe.

Since February, 2016, the US Embassy in Dhaka has operated its air quality monitor and provided publicly available readings.

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The readings are available in real time on the EPA's AirNow.gov website, the US Embassy website, and now through the new Twitter handle: @Dhaka_Air.

Several commercial smartphone applications also utilise the data to their benefit.

Transparent, real-time data sharing is critical for public awareness, and allows scientists and policymakers to access and analyse the data to make informed policy decisions.