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.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.