Air Pollution in Pakistan

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on Friday, Jun 21st 2024, 07:00 am
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Air Pollution in Pakistan

Please note that Air Quality monitoring is now available for 4 cities in Pakistan:

Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar

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According to the most recent World Health Organization data, there are some good reasons to be worried about the air quality in Lahore, with an yearly average of 68 µg/m3 of PM2.5, which corresponds to a 155 - Unhealthy Air Quality Index

Obviously, 165 - Unhealthy is just a yearly average, and the air pollution can reach much higher 300+ hazardous levels- just like the recent smog events in early November 2016.

Unfortunately, there is currently no known Air Quality monitoring network with PM2.5 data available in Lahore, nor in Pakistan (source).

Quote from from epd.punjab.gov.pk/air_pollution:

According to a recent study, average air pollution in big cities is about 4 times higher than the World Health Organization (WHO) limits.

Main Causes
  • Vehicular emissions
  • Industrial emissions
  • Dust fall
Effects
  • Respiratory diseases and eye irritation etc.
  • Reduced visibility
  • Loss of vegetation
  • Damage to material, heritage and monuments
  • Effects on growth of plants
Remedies
  • Always keep your vehicle in good condition
  • Prefer 4 stroke engine vehicles
  • Use CNG as transport fuel
  • Limit the industrial effluents as per National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS)
  • Do not establish industrial units within the residential areas
  • Apply 3R formula i.e. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Plant as many trees as possible

Air Quality Forecast

Air quality historical data

Aitchison College (PakAirQuality)
PurpleAir-Dev-Ijaz
KMI_064
Lahore
PU-ZA-5-ZZ
LUMS-JoharTown
Lums-SDSA-2
Street 3
Daska-Pakistan-PurpleAirDev-Haziq
Terapand
LUMS SDSA - DHA Phase 7
PurpleAir-Dev-Omer
Karachi
PurpleAir-Dev-ZIN
Lahore Cantonment
PGSHF Lahore, Pakistan
Lums-WapdaTown
PU-ZA-1-RA
I-8 markaz
Brevzon
PU-ZA-7-AB
BUITEMS-Quetta
PNEC Karachi
University of Karachi, Institute of Space Science and Technology
Westridge-1, Rawalpindi

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About the Air Quality and Pollution Measurement:

About the Air Quality Levels

AQI Air Pollution Level Health Implications Cautionary Statement (for PM2.5)
0 - 50 Good Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk None
51 -100 Moderate Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
101-150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
151-200 Unhealthy Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion
201-300 Very Unhealthy Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
300+ Hazardous Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion

To know more about Air Quality and Pollution, check the wikipedia Air Quality topic or the airnow guide to Air Quality and Your Health.

For very useful health advices of Beijing Doctor Richard Saint Cyr MD, check www.myhealthbeijing.com blog.


Usage Notice: All the Air Quality data are unvalidated at the time of publication, and due to quality assurance these data may be amended, without notice, at any time. The World Air Quality Index project has exercised all reasonable skill and care in compiling the contents of this information and under no circumstances will the World Air Quality Index project team or its agents be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss, injury or damage arising directly or indirectly from the supply of this data.



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