ED: Gasping for air

ঢাকা ট্রিবিউন সম্পাদকীয় প্রকাশিত: ১৩ এপ্রিল ২০২১, ০৬:৩৩


Our air quality is never good, only varying degrees of dangerous
The air quality of our capital city is among the worst in the world, and it is -- twinned with the problem of traffic congestion -- one of the main reasons Dhaka is perceived as a highly unliveable city. Our air has been heavily polluted for many years now, and any action from the authorities has been half-hearted. Year after year, other things seem to take precedence over this most basic of requirements. 


But we must acknowledge the scale of this crisis by looking at the numbers. According to Air Quality Index (AQI) data, in the January to March 2021 period, our air was “hazardous” for 12 days, “very unhealthy” for 58 days, and “unhealthy” for 19 days, and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” for one day. Our air quality, then, is never good, only varying degrees of dangerous. This is not a good sign for a country wishing to develop and improve. 


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