Published Date: Mar 23, 2013
Peshawar university launches project to measure pollution
Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS) Peshawar University launched a project to
measure Mercury pollution in the air. The joint research project, started in
collaboration with Islamabad based Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(SDPI) intend to measure mercury pollution and raise public awareness on
negative effects of toxic mercury on environment and human health.
project also provide an opportunity for students of ICS to use latest
specialized equipment such as Lumex Mercury Analyzer along with other
instruments and collect data of geographical parameters such as temperature,
humidity, wind direction/speed as well as co-ordinates of the location.
the study, monitoring teams will assess mercury levels in dental hospitals,
industries, labs and dental clinics across Peshawar city. Recently, similar
monitoring was carried out in Lahore where very high concentration of mercury
content in air was observed within dental hospitals and clinics.
Peshawar, the studies will be carried out in Islamabad/Rawalpindi also. The
results and findings of this national survey will later be shared and discussed
with all stakeholders including government for necessary immediate action.
Mercury is a hazardous substance which poses serious risks to environment and
human health. Recently, 140 countries signed an agreement in Geneva to reduce
mercury use and control its emission by end of 2020.