Air Pollution in world’s cities
by Igman on October 8, 2017 - 1:11pm
The article ‘’Air pollution rising at an 'alarming rate' in world's cities’’ written by John Vidal describes the growing phenomenon in cities all around the world that is air pollution. Through the use of datas and quotations, the author of this article shows that air pollution is a phenomenon that is growing worldwide and that it is truly detrimental to our cities. In the past five years, according to recent studies, air pollution has globally increased by 8%. According to Flavia Bustreo, the assistant director general of World Health Organization, this global increase in air pollution is harmful for urban human populations since it increases the risk of strokes, heart diseases, lung cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. As a result, health costs in cities escalates while workers productivity and life expectancy decreases. The author of the articles tells us that, in order to counter air pollution, many cities have decided to take measures such as reducing their industrial smokestack emissions, increasing their use of renewable energy sources and promoting means of transport that are less harmful to air quality.
I personally think that individuals from urban area should make more efforts to reduce their pollutant emissions by consuming less energy, taking the bicycle or the bus to commute to work and by encouraging their peer to do the same. Also, I think that governments should make their part concerning this growing phenomenon by putting in place laws and legislation that would force big industries to reduce their production in atmospheric pollutants.