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 …

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 …