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Ninety-two percent of the Asia-Pacific population are exposed to toxic levels of air pollution daily. NINETY-TWO PERCENT. Needless to say, this is a huge problem.
Air pollution in Asia is a major health threat.
In 2015 alone, 33% of global deaths from ambient outdoor air pollution occured in South Asia. Particulate matter, such as PM2.5 (fine inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 2.5 micrometers and smaller), and ground-level ozone and the most damaging pollutants often emitted.
Where is this pollution coming from? Biomass burnings, vehicle emissions, and industrial discharge.
From 2011 to 2019, biomass burning contributed to 49% of PM10 (inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 10 micrometers and smaller) in mainland Southeast Asia. On top of that, managing the rate of air pollution will become more difficult due to the potential projection of 62 million vehicles being on the road by 2040. Many countries are still dependent on fossil fuels in order to keep up with the rapid pace of economic growth.
This has led to severe health conditions and environmental impacts. A high concentration of air pollutants has caused many instances of smog and acid rain. Children in Southeast Asia are at the most risk for being diagnosed with a respiratory illness and being hospitalized.
Businesses have an opportunity to make a difference within this vast issue. Keep a look out for our insights about these issues on Friday.