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Clearing up the air

Air pollution kills around 7 million people annually

Update : 24 Dec 2023, 07:38 PM
With an AQI score of 328 at 8:50am on Friday, Dhaka has once again been termed the worst city in the world when it comes to air quality, that too within the span of only a few weeks.

Bangladesh’s capital city frequently finds itself at the top of the list of cities with some of the most toxic air in the world, alongside mega-cities such as Delhi and Lahore. Given just how important air is to life itself, it is nothing short of appalling just how little is being done to improve on the status quo.

An AQI reading above 301 designates a city as “hazardous,” as in the air poses serious health risks to inhabitants. Dhaka’s AQI score is also driven to such high numbers specifically by high concentrations of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) -- residues from uncovered construction sites and the like -- and they have the potential to cut short an individual’s natural lifespan.

According to WHO, air pollution kills around 7 million people annually. Given the severity of Dhaka’s air pollution, the administration needs to mobilize its efforts to curb it without delay -- construction sites have to be properly planned and regulated especially in how they handle materials, and fume generating institutions such as brickfields have to go through the proper channels in order to be set up, while emission-spewing vehicles which have long been considered unfit for driving need to be ceased from motorists and institutions.

The government needs to crack down on the core drivers of air pollution not just within our capital, but indeed all of our cities. The continued destruction of our air, and vicariously our health, needs to end now.
 
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