Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. Guess what I found out today?  An environmental research team at the American University  of Beirut showed that the levels of dangerous particles on our  country’s roadways are twice the levels of international safety standards, leading to a 20 percent increase in the risk of premature death for commuters. Hmm.

Largely, this is due to our heavy traffic and the large number of older-model  cars that don’t consume gas efficiently. The study indicates that fuel inefficiency makes cars along Beirut’s coastal highway create 10 times  more dangerous particles than a seven-lane superhighway in the United  States.

My fellow Lebanese, car exhaust fumes are toxic. They contain unburned hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and more. Inhaling these fumes can cause respiratory, cardiac, and neurological disorders. Inhaling such particles also substantially increases the risk of cancer.

Let’s take a look at our country and see how bad this is. I mean, really, take a look.

 

All those cars. All the resulting exhaust fumes. Wow.

 

Fortunately, there are ways we can reduce the amount of toxic fumes we produce on the road. One of which is by carpooling, or even by participating in carpooling businesses. Indeed, an AUB student named  Erik Vincenti Zakhia has started an eco-business initiative called “Autopooling”, where for a small fee, students get to carpool together. It’s easier, cheaper (you don’t have to fill up your whole tank each time), faster, and probably, a lot more fun. They are also very well-spread! For more on the initiative and their locations, please follow these links: http://www.autopooling.com

https://www.facebook.com/autopooling

 

Aren’t we all due for a deep breath of fresh air? We can do it, Lebanon!!

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