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Dhaka has the worlds worst air pollution problems

Dhaka is often considered to have some of the worst air quality in the whole world.  A recently developed multi-pollutant index (MPI) ranked Dhaka as having the worst air quality of the top 18 mega-cities of the world (Gurjar et al., 2008).  In addition, the 2012 Environmental Performance Index ranks Bangladesh #131 (of 132 countries) in regards to Air Quality and human health (EPI, 2012).

Dhaka air quality monitoring since April 2002 has shown that concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 represent serious problems. Particularly in the non-monsoon period the concentrations of both regularly exceed proposed standards. Whilst the monitoring programme has been spatially limited, and a more extensive programme is needed before the extent of the problem can be defined, the need for an action plan to protect human health from air pollution is already recognised.
Top-down Emissions Assessment
A recent report has been completed by performing a top-down assessment of air pollution in Dhaka using the GAINS model.  The assessment looked at PM, NOX, SOX, and GHGs from 1990-2030.  DOWNLOAD REPORT
AirQUIS installation
NILU installed the air quality management system (AirQUIS) at CASE/DoE during the end of May 2011.  Training of experts in the system was also conducted.
Dhaka Screening Study
NILU and CASE/DoE performed a Screening Study for Dhaka during the beginning of February 2011.  This study included the following campaigns: 1) passive sampling for NO2, SO2, and O3, 2) grab sampling of PM1, PM2.5, and PM10, and 3) traffic counting.   DOWNLOAD REPORT
Project kick-off
The project held an anauguration event 3 August 2010 in Dhaka.
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