Environment - Dust Pollution

“ Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. ”.
- R. Buckminster Fuller, neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor.     

  • A study conducted by The Energy Research Institute (Teri) has found that 50% of Bangalore’s air pollution is caused due to dust.
  • Delhi is affected by dust pollution more than Beijing is.

The World Health Organization estimates that about two million people die prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, while many more suffer from breathing ailments, heart disease, lung infections and even cancer.

Fine particles or microscopic dust from coal or wood fires and unfiltered diesel engines are rated as one of the most lethal forms or air pollution caused by industry, transport, household heating, cooking and ageing coal or oil-fired power stations.

People with heart or lung diseases and other chronic diseases are at increased risk from dust and particle pollution. Pollution can aggravate the disease. Studies have shown that when particle levels are high, older adults with undiagnosed disease are likely to be hospitalized because of aggravated diseases. An example is the recent happenings in China. Increased levels of air pollution is affecting thousands of residents. People cannot move about without wearing face masks. Many are checking into hospitals because of breathing problems and a few deaths have been reported too. Dust pollution is posing a health threat to more than 100,000 residents in Wuhan, Hubei Province, a problem that experts say could result in many more cases of lung problems in the area.