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April 11, 2023

Air pollution affects children physically, mentally, causes diseases

AQLI researchers find Bangladeshis are losing an average of seven years of longevity due to pollution, Jago News reports.

Day by day, air pollution is increasing in Bangladesh. Specially in Dhaka city, it reached intolerable levels. The silent killer, air pollution, kills thousands of people and leaves numerous ill. Not only that, experts said, air pollution increases the risks of several diseases. As a result, people’s life expectancy is declining. But air pollution has the most impact on children. They are infected with various diseases, including asthma.

Environmentalists said everyone has a responsibility to save the whole country, including Dhaka, from air pollution. The amount of dust rises during the winter as the season is comparatively dry. With this, the mixing of dust from brick kilns and cement factories causes a surge in air pollution. The presence of very small particles also soars in the air due to less humidity during the winter. Besides, treatment costs are increasing as a result of air pollution and nature is losing balance…

…The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) has recently published a research report on global air pollution.

EPIC researchers said Bangladeshis are losing an average of seven years of longevity due to pollution. Researchers analyzed satellite data as the level of PM2.5 (harmful floating particle which hampers lungs) in the air to assess the Air Quality Life Index or AQLI made by EPIC.

In the report given based on it, Bangladesh has been identified as the most air-polluted country in the world.

Researchers said four out of five most affected countries by air pollution are in South Asia as per the index of air pollution. New Delhi of India is the most polluted capital in the world followed by Bangladesh.

Researchers said if the level of pollution could be reduced as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization, then the people of Bangladesh would live another 5.4 years more. The average life expectancy of Dhaka dwellers decreased by 7.7 years due to not controlling air pollution. If there was no air pollution, Dhaka residents would live 8 years longer.

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