As the world grapples with COVID-19 and its aftermath, we are attacked by a "silent killer," a dangerous man-made enemy: the dirty air. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution causes an estimated seven million deaths every year.
More than 90% of all deaths caused by air pollution occur in low- and middle-income countries. These are primarily countries in Asia and Africa, followed by low- and middle-income countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, and America. The countries of Central Asia are rapidly moving upwards in the list of the most polluted countries and approaching the ones where air quality is life-threatening
This material is an attempt to examine what the inhabitants of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are breathing and what's making them ill.
* Scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that dirty air can increase the risk of complications and death from COVID-19. Continuous inhalation of hazardous particles weakens the body, worsens lung condition, and leads to severer symptoms of the disease. Air pollution not only leads to chronic respiratory diseases but also causes dementia in children and adults.
Environmental organization "Foundation to Support Civil Initiatives" FSCI, Dastgirie-Center (Tajikistan)
head of the environmental organization "MoveGreen" (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
author of the Airkaz.org project (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
editor of the Almalyksky Rabochiy newspaper and the Zametka.uz website (Uzbekistan)
"Green Salvation" Ecological Society (Almaty, Kazakhstan)