Trans-boundary collaboration between Pakistan and India on air pollution can save lives

The moment I submitted my dissertation at Cardiff University, I packed my stuff and took my flight for home – Lahore. After spending a year in the UK on a Chevening scholarship, I couldn’t be happier to return to meet my friends and family but there was something else, too, waiting for me at the Lahore airport — smog.

The moment I stepped out of the plane, I choked, as polluted air laden with particulate matter and toxic fumes filled my lungs. I could even smell something burning in the air, something pungent. A dense layer of smog had engulfed the historic city.

As I battled the unfamiliar atmosphere, another Chevening scholar from Cardiff University visited her hometown, some 400km from Lahore.


CIAT [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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