Quetta, Pakistan in the running for world's most polluted city
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 8:03 PM -
Now, attention is turning to the southeastern city of Quetta, Pakistan, which is in the running for the dubious title of most polluted city.
A recent report by the World Health Organization lists it as the fourth-most polluted city in the world. According to the organization, three Pakistani cities -- Quetta, Peshawar, and Lahore -- are among the 10 most-polluted cities on the planet.
Researchers at W.H.O. say the more people are exposed to damaging air particulates, the higher their risk of developing lung and bladder cancers.
The World Health Organization recommends a maximum daily level of 20 micrograms, while Quetta sees an annual average of 251 micrograms of particulates in the atmosphere.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, levels higher than 300 micrograms per cubic meter are considered "hazardous."
A failure to properly manage Quetta's growth has caused an increase in air pollution. The city also suffers from poor sewage and garbage-collection systems.