The Bangladesh government is soon going to set up a
green court to deal with environmental problems, such as deteriorating air quality, in major cities
such as its capital Dhaka. A study
conducted in 1996 has revealed
that during the dry season, Dhaka's
air is more polluted than that of
any other city in the world. The
nearly eight million population
of the city inhales air containing
463 nanogrammes (ng) of lead per
cubic metre, compared to Mexico
City's 383 ng and Mumbai's 360 ng.
As a result, there has been a sharp
increase in the number of people
suffering from chronic bronchitis
and bronchial asthma.