Air Pollution in Pakistan
Real-time Air Quality monitoring project

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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).

Air Quality Forecast for Lahore

Monitoring the Air Quality

For this reason, we are now investigating with several Institutions, Universities, Schools as well as individual citizens living in Lahore the possibility to setup an Air Quality monitoring network, which would allow to broadcast free hourly readings for several locations in Lahore. This network would later be extended to other cities in Pakistan.

The monitoring stations used for this network are the semi-professional GAIA A12 Air Quality monitoring stations. The Gaia A12 is much more affordable than the traditional monitoring station ($200 for the GAIA A12 while it is $10,000+ for the traditional ones), but yet with a data quality as good and reliable as the traditional stations.

If you are interested in knowing more about the project, about helping to host a station, or just about getting and rebroadcasting the real-time Air quality data, then please contact us with the form at the bottom of this page.

Further Reading

  • Pakistan Environment Protection Agency: environment.gov.pk
  • Environment Protection Department: epd.punjab.gov.pk.
  • World Health Organization: who.int
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    About the Air Quality and Pollution Measurement:

    About the Air Quality Levels

    AQIAir Pollution LevelHealth ImplicationsCautionary 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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