Friday, May 13, 2016

Air Pollution Increasing

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of rising air pollution in cities across the world, estimating that it is claiming the lives of seven million people every year.

“On average, the situation has deteriorated and increased the levels of air pollution by 8%. So the situation is getting worse,” Maria Neira, the WHO’s public health chief,  “And we know that 80% of the urban population living in cities are exposed to very high levels of air pollution, and therefore, resulting on diseases,” she said, describing the figures as indicative of “a major, major public health problem.”

The dirtiest air was recorded at the Iranian city of Zabol, which suffers from months of dust storms in the summer, and the next four were all in India, namely Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna and Raipur. Among the common causes of air pollution are the high numbers of cars, especially diesel-fueled vehicles, the heating and cooling systems of big buildings, waste management, agriculture and the use of coal or diesel generators for power, according to the survey.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Capitalism hasn't existed for very long, yet we are already basically approaching complete and irreversible catastrophe because of it... unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense. I am old enough to remember herring-bone layers of terraced houses belching smoke from each chimney. Buildings were filthy from years of sooty deposits. Today things are much better and I am sure they will improve in the emerging capitalist countries.

matthew culbert said...

I can also remember the visible pollution of years gone by, but it is a delusional to ignore the invisible pollutants of our inner cities.