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A heavy price to pay

  • Published at 05:50 pm August 27th, 2018
Pollution
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Air pollution is truly a public health hazard

It is no secret that the major cities of Bangladesh, particularly Dhaka, suffer from some of the worst air pollution in the world.

Researchers have found that air pollution shortens an average Bangladeshis lifespan by about 1.87 years, and that better air quality could boost longevity everywhere.

There are various culprits that are responsible for air pollution, but the worst offenders in Bangladesh are brick kilns, the rise of fine particles and coarse dust from dried up rivers, construction work, and of course, vehicular emissions.

The evils of air pollution are apparent -- respiratory problems, lung cancer, chronic pulmonary disease, and strokes can all be linked to air pollution.

Bangladesh has been placed on top of a list of 185 countries in terms of average years of life expectancy lost due to exposure to PM2.5, which is released from vehicles, coal-fired power plants, and is also found in industrial emissions -- and this should raise alarm bells for all of us.

Air pollution is truly a public health hazard, and it is upon the government to take this problem seriously to clean up our air.

To that end, the government can partner up with the private sector to take steps towards modernizing brick kilns through a complete overhaul, control the harmful emission of vehicles through rigorous testing, and through spreading awareness about healthy practices that can keep our air clean.

The laws that are already in place regarding factory emissions need to be enforced strictly.

Air pollution affects every single person, and so it is hard to think of a matter of greater urgency than to fight this evil, so we may leave behind a clean, breathable environment for future generations.