Almost 88% of deaths (not from old age) in the underdeveloped Asian countries are caused by polluted air
According to the report published by world health organization in 2018 almost 93% children in the world breathe polluted air and 88% of deaths (not from old age) in the underdeveloped Asian countries are caused by polluted air. Recently, there was a new article about the fresh air packed in aluminum containers being imported to India from Canadian hill ranges. It cost almost 25 dollars for every 10 liters and it is enough for 200 breaths. This would mean that one single breath could almost cost Rs. 8.75.
This news report explicates the fact that air pollution is extremely serious in India. The situation is similar all around the world and this is the reason why the world environment day this year chose Air pollution as the theme.
China hosted the various events of the World Environment Day 2019 and this includes various plans related to renewable resources and Eco friendly technology. The celebrations encouraged the governments and multi-national companies to be aware of the seriousness of the situation and to take necessary steps towards solving it. Following are the factors that led the authorities to choose this theme for the World Environment Day.
- Factories, motor vehicles and the burning of various waste materials produce poisonous gases, which alter the chemical balance of the atmosphere and increase the temperature of the atmosphere. This also adversely affects the oxygen content in the atmosphere.
- It has been proved that the air pollution poses the most serious threat to newborn babies and children and the related death rates estimate to almost 70 lakhs of deaths per year. More than half of these deaths occur in the Asia-Pacific region. Polluted air can deteriorate brain development and can lead to serious health issues in the future. Studies say that if pollution can be controlled to desirable levels, the average life span of India can be increase by at least 1.7 years.
- Gurugram, a city in the suburbs of the capital city of India, is the most polluted city in the world. It has also been observes that the most prominent reason for the air pollution in the Asian countries is due to the burning of fossil fuels and this is directly proportional to the number of vehicles used.
- Individuals who suffer the various ill effects of air pollution are mainly those from the marginalized communities and those who belong to the poorest classes of the society. Lack of proper cooking equipment and facilities force such individuals to depend on the primitive styles of cooking and this increases the air pollution to a great extent. Moreover, the awareness about air pollution and its harmful effects are also comparatively less in such areas. It is also a topic of concern that most of the factories have slums around them and a large number of people live there, in the polluted conditions.
- India and China are the countries that face the highest rate of air pollution and it is a fact that most of the main cities in India are heavily affected by air pollution.