Regional Reports - Afghanistan
air pollution at sky-high levels
Air pollution in Kabul may be hastening the death of over 3,000 people
every year, according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
IRIN reports that epidemiological studies by the MoPH indicate
cardiovascular and respiratory diseases resulting from air pollution in
Kabul are increasing the country's crude mortality rate by four percent
“If we apply the four percent increase in mortality due to air pollution
to the population of Kabul, then an extra 3,060 persons may be losing
their lives due to air pollution per year,” the MoPH said.
Citing Afghanistan's National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA),
National Public Radio, a non-commercial news website, said the level of
nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was 52 ppm (parts per million) on an average day
in Kabul in 2008.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) national air quality
standard for NO2 (annual average concentration) is 0.053 ppm. The level
of sulphur dioxide (SO2) was 37 ppm on an average day in Kabul in 2008.
The US EPA says the 24-hour average concentration of SO2 should not
exceed 0.14 ppm. Substandard fuel for old cars and deforestation are
believed to be the key causes of the air pollution. The government has
established an environmental protection emergency commission to act on
of upload: 31st March 2009
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