Air pollution is a public health emergency in Pakistan.

  • Fighting for Clean Air

    The citizen movement against air pollution in Pakistan drives the clean air movement there in the absence of government action. Sustainable Asia embarks on an audio journey to key megacities in Asia where the climate crisis is making an already existing toxic air pollution situation… even more unbearable. In Fighting for Clean Air in Lahore, […]

  • Talking Air Pollution in Pakistan during COVID-19 with Dawar Butt

    In our first livestream podcast, we speak with Dawar Hameed Butt, a public policy, health and sustainability consultant based in Lahore, about the blue skies during lockdown. Dawar goes by @theLahorewala on Twitter, where he has become a key persona for all things climate change, environment and air pollution. He also is one of the […]

  • Is Breathing Killing Us?

    Originally posted at the MIT Technology Review Pakistan by Nushmiya Sukhera on 21 February 2017, this article is a snapshot into the future of Pakistan without urgent air quality management programs. “Lung diseases, facemasks, and irritable eyes – a snapshot into the future of Pakistan.” “While the government has not been able to deal with […]

  • An asthma patient in every house

    An asthma patient in every house

    Originally posted at The Third Pole by Mohammad Zubair Khan on 12 January 2017, this article highlights the social costs of the stone-crushing industry for the mountain communities of Pakistan. Often overlooked, the massive amount of air pollution created by stone crushing machines is a major health hazard for mountain communities from where the stone […]

  • Introducing the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative پاکی

    Pakistan Air Quality Initiative (PAQI پاکی) provides community-driven air quality data to increase social awareness. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that major cities in Pakistan are as polluted as the world’s most-polluted cities. The air in Pakistan has an annual average of 60 micrograms per cubic meter of air (μg/m³) of PM2.5 particles. That is four-times […]

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