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Leave no black plumes

  • Published at 11:58 pm May 24th, 2019
Photo: BIGSTOCK
Photo: BIGSTOCK

In areas where diesel generators operate, this increase in toxic particulate matter is significant

While there are a multitude of ways Dhaka gets polluted on a daily basis -- from brick kilns to the burning of waste to the smoke emitted from vehicles and industries -- what we often do not think about is the impact generators have on Dhaka, especially during the summer season when they become a near-necessity.

In addition to their deafening contribution to the cacophony of Dhaka’s noise pollution, research shows that generators or any kind of motor that runs on diesel -- which are the most common forms of generators present in Bangladesh -- severely pollute the air by raising the levels of dangerous particulate matter.

In areas where diesel generators operate, this increase in toxic particulate matter is significant and can cause the locals untold grievances, from the black plumes that envelop the locality, to the sound of the generators, to making the air itself difficult and dangerous to breathe.

There is no shortage of ways that air pollution adversely affects day-to-day lives of the citizens of Dhaka -- the city ranked second in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) air pollution index last year -- contributing to a plethora of diseases, including lung cancer, lower respiratory tract infections, as well as strokes, which are responsible for thousands of deaths every year.

Recognizing all the ways the air we breathe is polluted and coming up with intelligent strategic ways to combat the issue is the only way to fix this problem that seems to fast be getting out of control.