• Saturday, Oct 23, 2021
  • Last Update : 02:14 am

The toxicity of our city is untenable

  • Published at 11:06 pm December 22nd, 2019
In this file photo taken on November 13, 2019 A general view taken from Western Tehran shows a blanket of brown-white smog covering the city as heavy pollution hit the Iranian capital on November 13, 2019 AFP

It is indeed a matter of shame that we must worry about the air we breathe

It is quite worrisome when the air quality of a city is so bad that people with respiratory diseases are advised to stay indoors for fear of severe adverse effects on their health, and everyone in general is asked to limit their exposure to the outside air.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what the situation is like in Dhaka right now -- with the air quality taking a nosedive to critical levels in winter.

On Saturday morning, according to the Air Quality Index, Dhaka’s air reached a score of 284, which is enough for the monitoring index to classify it as “very unhealthy.”

Considering the fact that any score between 101 and 150 is considered to be “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” Dhaka’s score of 284 is unacceptable and steps must be taken immediately to improve it.

It is indeed a matter of shame that we must worry about the air we breathe and, as such, authorities must work towards eliminating the factors which continue to contribute in terms of making the air quality worse for Dhaka’s citizens.

The main culprits are the brick kilns which surround Dhaka city in addition to the massive infrastructural and construction projects related to industrialization and urbanization that are taking place all over, carried out with the least amount of care with regards to how these activities might be affecting the environment.

Thousands of people die every year as a result and it is high time that these activities were regulated and controlled. Dhaka’s authorities must put air pollution in its agenda as a problem that needs immediate solving before it takes away the lives of more of Dhaka’s denizens. 

Facebook 76
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail