Air pollution


Iqra Jamal

Around two million people die prematurely from effects of polluted air every year. Air pollution is a huge problem and not just for people living in smog-choked cities, it has potential to affect us all. Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases present in air.
Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust particles, less downpour, unsafe operation of steel mills and unabated construction work causing intense dust. The main source of pollutants in our lower atmosphere is coal based industries which are centred. Of course, we have added our share of the pollutants as well from, combustion of fossil fuels like coal, petroleum and other factory combustibles. Pakistan is an agricultural country so the use of insecticides, pesticides and fertilisers in agricultural activities has grown quite a lot. Ammonia is a very common to agriculture related activities and is one of most hazardous gases in atmosphere.
Pollution emitting from vehicles including trucks, jeeps, cars, trains, airplanes cause immense amount of pollution. We rely on them to fulfil our daily basic needs of transportation. But, their overuse is killing our environment. Improper or incomplete combustion of wastage is another major cause of pollution. The effects of Air pollution are alarming. In this industrial age, air pollution cannot be eliminated from our society completely, but steps can be taken to reduce it. There is a dire need for a comprehensive action plan by the Govt to address worsening levels of pollution throughout the country in which NGOs and the print, electronic media will have to play a pivotal role to provide awareness to general public.
— Karachi