‘Excited to partner’ with BD to tackle air pollution: US
US Acting Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said they were 'excited to partner' with Bangladesh in tackling air pollution sharing their experience and expertise.
Following her recent visit to Bangladesh Wells has recently tweeted saying 'excited to partner' with Bangladesh to tackle air pollution.
Bangladesh's capital was ranked the third worst in Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday.
However, Dhaka had a score of 177 at 8:34 am which means the city's air quality was classified as unhealthy.
India's Delhi and Mongolia's Ulaanbaatar were at the top of the list with scores of 233 and 189 respectively.
Earlier in July, US Science Envoy for Air Quality Dr James J Schauer shared his ideas about air quality improvement and mitigation strategies with stakeholders in Bangladesh.
Sharing the US achievement in this regard, Wells said US reduced pollution from 1970 to 2017 by 70 percent and grew GDP by 246 percent.
She mentioned that improving air quality while growing economically is possible.
According to the US Embassy, Dr Schauer discussed the integration of air quality solutions with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and officials concerned of the Department of Environment, the Director General for Health Services and the Dhaka North Mayor.
Meanwhile, Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore has sought immediate action in South Asia to clean the air for children saying around 620 million children in the region breathe polluted, toxic air.
"I was just in South Asia where I saw firsthand how children continued to suffer from the dire consequences of air pollution. The air quality was at a crisis level," she said in a statement Thursday seeking urgent action to address this air quality crisis.
Air pollution is associated with one of the biggest killers of children - pneumonia, and linked to asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections. It also damages brain tissue and undermines cognitive development in babies and young children leading to lifelong consequences that can affect their learning outcomes and future potential.
UNICEF said the governments in the region and around the world should take urgent steps to reduce air pollution by investing in cleaner, renewable sources of energy to replace fossil fuel combustion, provide affordable access to clean public transport, increase green spaces in urban areas, change agricultural practices and provide better waste management options to prevent open burning of harmful chemicals.