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Thread: #LahoreSmog of previous years led to LHC forming a Commission to issue a report, so we already have basic info to tackle it.

Contrary to popular opinion that “India does it” which our politicians propogate, the Govt report points out 10 causes, not one!

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The report points out, using Punjab Govt data, that Punjab has bad #AirQuality all year, which gets worse in Winter. The data shows that @EPD_Punjab knows this for a decade!

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Analysis at COMSATS university, again using Govt data, pointed that throughout a year long period, Lahore’s air stayed above the legal limit and @EPD_Punjab did nothing! No advisory! No mitigation!

Punjab Env Quality Std (PEQS) sets limit at 15ug/m3 (orange line)

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Another Major cause is Vehicle emissions. The no of Cars in Lahore have multiplied, and fuel quality is pathetic; Euro-II since 1998, India uses Euro-IV equivalent.

Heavy diesel traffic causes NOx + PM2.5 emissions, alongwith Industries and open burning.

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Then comes transboundary crop burning i.e. “India does it” — it’s not the only cause. Indeed crop burning is harmful. India and Pakistan both do it. It is however seasonal.

At this moment, crop burning is minimal on both sides. (Link: worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?p=geographic&…)

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The Smog commission itself says that Most causes are local: e.g. Furnace oil/coal, poor quality fuel, waste burning in Lahore, and uninhibited vehicle increase.

Brick Kilns, crop burning have become excuses by @EPD_Punjab to protect Industrialists, Oil companies.

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The Smog Commission report is a valuable piece of evidence, which should be read by all concerned citizens. It’s glaring how inept the @EPD_Punjab and two tenures of #PMLN govt have been. Action needs to be taken now!

Report: epd.punjab.gov.pk/system/files/S…

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