Posted by: Frangipani | August 10, 2013

Why all the air pollution?

As I look down on a beautiful Kurdish town in Eastern Turkey in the late afternoon, I am aware of the intense haze from exhaust emissions. Back in the town, one sees and hears fire engines that look 50 years old, belching black soot. The dust and water trucks emit similar deafening noises and dirt. Kids take the baffles from their motorbikes to impress; other vehicles have not been serviced for a decade.

Turkey does have emissions legislation for vehicles. Will someone please help to enforce this? Then there will be a whole lot less kids and old people in the hospitals here with lung problems.

As a driver, no-one wants to give their parents, or their little brother or sister lung cancer. Sadly, that is not the impression from the top of the hill.


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