Researchers warn against aggravation of pollution in Iraq Basra

February 12, 2013 10:00

Researchers warned during a conference in Barsa on Monday against the aggravation of environmental pollution in the province, while an organization called for the implementation of a 25-year-strategy to reduce pollution percentages. Provincial council said that it was ready to execute projects and take decisions that would help improve the environment.

“Our institution contributed in holding a conference in the provincial council’s headquarters, so researchers and experts shed light on the dangerous repercussions resulting from the aggravation of environmental pollution in Al Basra”, said head of the Brain Bank Institution for Scientific and Intellectual Rehabilitation, Dr. Qais Salman Al Miyahi in a statement to Alsumaria. He also revealed that “during the conference, the institution proposed the adoption and financing of a strategy that requires at least 25 years to be implemented aiming to lower pollution percentages and limit its effects”.

“The implementation of this strategy requires tens of billions of Dollars and includes planting millions of palm trees”, highlighted Al Miyahi, adding that “thousands of people living in Al Basra have lost their life to cancerous diseases resulting mainly from pollution. It is consequently necessary to execute this strategy as soon as possible to make life better for future generations”.

On his behalf, chemistry professor in Al Basra University, Fares Jasem Al Imara stated that “Studies conducted by researchers in the university during the past few years show that air, soil and water pollution in Al Basra has reached dangerous levels meaning that recorded pollution percentages exceed the limits internationally allowed”. He revealed that “water in Al Basra is polluted with everything so water purification and pumping plants are unable to fully purify the water from poisonous and cancerous pollutants”.

“The increase in pollution percentages in Al Basra is ascribed to the rise in oil production processes as well as the number of industrial facilities that don’t abide by environmental requirements, ill management of the sewage sector in addition to wars resulting in infecting many regions with depleted uranium”, stressed Al Imara. He considered that “it was hard for the province to get rid of this pollution even after 100 years of constant work”, adding that “the worst repercussion the pollution has on the province is the ever-increasing number of cancer and birth defect cases”.

“Quick measures that should be taken to protect the environment include activating an environmental protection council and establishing environment monitoring stations in many regions of the province”, commented the assistant of Al Basra University Dean Dr. Sajed Hassan Ali. He assured in a statement to Alsumaria that “human life is not the only life threatened; many plants and animals went extinct in Al Basra ecosystem due to pollution”.

“The council invited the researchers participating in the conference to suggest projects that can contribute to preserving the environment and can be included among the projects financed by this year’s budget”, commented Head of the Provincial Council, Sabah Hassan Al Bazouni in a statement to Alsumaria. Al Bazouni revealed that the council will not hesitate on this day forth in promulgating local laws that can contribute in reducing pollution since the parliament is unable to pass such laws”.

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