Bangladesh gets $35m to improve air quality

Bangladesh has signed a finance agreement worth $35 million (£27.4m) to reduce air pollution in Dhaka City. The World Bank will help fund air quality management initiatives and work out how to […]

By Jonny Bairstow

Bangladesh has signed a finance agreement worth $35 million (£27.4m) to reduce air pollution in Dhaka City.

The World Bank will help fund air quality management initiatives and work out how to improve traffic management systems to reduce congestion.

Five new air quality monitoring stations, a central air quality laboratory and mobile air quality labs will be established.

The government hopes these new facilities will allow for better monitoring and enforcement of air emissions from the country’s industrial sectors.

The project will also continue to support improving the operation of traffic signals and addressing the mobility needs of people with disabilities.

Bangladesh estimates by reducing exposure to urban air pollution by 20%, it could save 1,200 lives annually and avoid 80 million cases of diseases.

Polluted environments around the world take the lives of around 1.7 million children under the age of five every year.

The most polluting cars, vans and motorbikes to drive through central London will face a charge of up to £24 a day from 2019.

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