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South Asia's smog 'getting worse'

South Asia's smog 'getting worse' | Geography Education |
A rapid rise in air pollution from fossil fuels and biomass burnings worsens winter smog and extends its duration in many parts of South Asia.


The confluence of population growth, rapid urbanization and global economic restructuring combine with other geographic factors to adversely impact the environmental conditions in South Asia.  

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Catherine Shabo's curator insight, April 15, 2013 9:22 PM

With the pollution increasing in South Asia, I strongly believe that this is a cause for respiratory deaths. Especially if the citizens of this regions are inhaling it every single day. The article even says that some days in a row the temperature drops because no sunlight is getting through the smog. If this is the case, then that is very dangerous to inhale because no air is circulating and there is no fresh sunlight coming in. This could also cause long term respiratory illnesses for the children living here. Solutions to this problem can be tricky but cutting back on the amount of fuel being used is a good place to start. The pictures even say enough because it is clear that the air is not clear. I would not want to breathe that in. There has to be alternatives.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 20, 2014 2:36 PM

This seems to be a dangerous circle that potentially has south Asia in a lot of trouble in the foreseeable future.  There is smog in the air from everything that is burned, causing the sun to be blocked and temperatures to drop, which in turn causes people to become cold and burn more wood, hay and cow pies.  This vicious circle needs to be fixed.  However right now is going to be the hardest time to do that.  In the winter it is harder for the smog to go up into the atmosphere leaving the blanket of smog.  It is also colder in the winter months leading to people to burn products to keep themselves warm.  This has however has already created problems especially with the elderly and young children.  With all the smog in the air it has caused respiratory infections leading to the deaths of people.  Not seeing this as a major issue is wrong.  Something needs to be done, it could be the government regulating what people burn to make sure that the smog is not getting to be too out of hand.  People's well being is not the only thing that this smog is hurting.  Cities literally have to shut down because people can't go anywhere, the smog creates a zero or very little visibility stopping traffic, trains, and planes.  Without people being able to get anywhere there is no way of people going to work causing places to have to close down either early or entirely for the day.  The smog is shedding a negative light not only on the environment but the economy and well being of the people around.

Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 2:17 PM

South Asia's extremely massive population comes at the expense of heavy energy consumption. In turn it leads to pollution cause by the burning of fossil fuels in the area, and this pollution has been getting worse and worse to a point where its affecting the daily lives of those in South Asia. This pollution has been causing smog to become more prevalent as the days go on. The burning of fossil fuels through motor vehicles and manufacturing plants has taken its toll on the environment in an extremely negative way. A switch to green energy would help fight this issue, although no plans have yet been set in stone to remove the consumption of oil

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