According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 235 million people suffer from asthma worldwide, more children than adults. Most people probably know someone with a chronic respiratory disease, or may suffer from one themselves. Imagine a place where the air quality is so horrible, people with respiratory illnesses are told to flee the area; scary, right? Well in February, residents in Portmore, Jamaica were warned that their city has the worst air quality in the whole country, mainly because of unregulated garbage dumps and illegal garbage burning. Doctors were seeing patients with respiratory illnesses worsen significantly enough to recommend they relocate, as the air quality was only expected to further deteriorate. The air had a higher than average composition due to particles both solid and semisolid being released into the atmosphere. Because the government could not legally halt facilities that were releasing emissions into the air, residents with respiratory illnesses either had to relocate or face the situation of their declining health.
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