The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
Editorial

Rising air pollution a threat to Kabul residents

Despite billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan over the last two decades, the government could not provide clean energy to warm up residences and offices in Kabul. The government was neither able to supply enough electricity to people nor purged the market of liquid gas mafia so that people could buy gas at an affordable price, thereby enabling them to use clean energy for heating their homes instead of burning coal or other air pollutants. People need to warm up their homes in the cold winter. If they don’t find any affordable source of heating, they are forced to burn materials that will lead to the gradual death of the residents of cities. No doubt there is a lack of public awareness about the environment and air pollution; it also should not be overlooked that Kabul residents have no any better alternative for heating their homes. Kabulis understand that air pollution is the silent killer, yet they need to burn things that pollute the air. They prefer gradual death to immediate death as they know they will immediately die of the cold if they don’t warm up their homes. But if they use air-polluting materials for heating, they will have the chance to survive for some time. Given the current situation and the burning of air-polluting materials, it is expected that the air in Kabul get more polluted compared to the past, causing various types of disease and illness to the Kabulis. Therefore, in coordination with other governmental entities, the country’s National Environmental Protection Authority finds a solution for such a crisis and prevents the people from plunging into this gradual death. Suppose they can’t find any meager or affordable alternative for coal as material for heating homes and governmental offices. In that case, they should order residential apartments and public baths to install smoke-filtering tools to prevent further pollution. According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, in the past 5 years, air pollution has increased by 8%, leading to the death of 3 million people annually, as reported by the WHO. Due to this alarming trend, air pollution is considered one of the most significant hazards to human health. Statistics on urban air pollution from 2011 to 2015 worldwide indicate that 98% of cities with a population of over 100,000 in countries with average and low income do not adhere to the strategies outlined by WHO. Air pollution, due to the onset of diseases in humans, can have significant and detrimental economic consequences. The World Health Organization warns that the increase in diseases caused by air pollution will have considerable financial implications and economic losses for organizations, government health programs, and individuals.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.