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To Combat ‘Black Cloud’ Pollution, Egypt Comes Up With A New Plan

The World Health Organization is holding its first global air pollution conference in Geneva this week.

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Air pollution can hamper work productivity. VOA

An Egyptian government program to pay traders to buy rice straw from farmers at the end of harvest has helped to combat one of Cairo’s ugliest features — a huge black cloud that hangs over the Egypt capital during the burning season.

Cairo is the world’s second most polluted megacity, the World Health Organization says, and the government is pursuing several initiatives to cut back greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the biggest contributors to the thick layer of smog has been the annual burning of rice straw by farmers who have no other means to dispose of it.

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As pollution levels spike, Delhi and its satellite towns are enveloped in a haze of smog. VOA

To tackle the problem, the government offered an incentive to traders to buy the straw from farmers amounting to 50 Egyptian pounds ($3) per ton, said Mohamed Salah, head of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA). They can then sell it as animal feed or for other uses.

The program appears to be bearing results.

“Today, the dark cloud season is over and all citizens in Egypt are saying that they have not sensed any significant problem relating to this, unlike what had happened in previous years,” Salah said.

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To tackle the problem, the government offered an incentive to traders to buy the straw from farmers amounting to 50 Egyptian pounds.

An industrial boom in Egypt has also contributed to pollution, Salah said.’

“We have some small industries that are deregulated and are not in line with environmental standards. We have worked hard on these,” he said.

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The World Health Organization is holding its first global air pollution conference in Geneva this week. (VOA)

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Follow these Tips and Don’t let the Pollution Damage your Hair

Prevent pollution from creating hair damage

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Excessive exposure to pollution, dust and dirt can cause scalp irritation and wreak havoc for your hair. Pixabay

Did you know our scalp comprises of 1,50,000 hair follicles! Excessive exposure to pollution, dust and dirt can cause scalp irritation and wreak havoc for your hair. The pollutants enter the skin barrier and produce free radicals which further aggravate your scalp leading to inflammation, dehydration and aging of the same.

Monisha Bhatia, Head of Education, Kerastase talks about what it takes to keep your hair from damage.

The scalp skin is more delicate having a higher number of sebaceous glands, sweat glands, and hair follicles and a lower barrier function as compared to the skin on the rest of the body. This makes scalp care essential. And beautiful hair does begin with a healthy scalp.

Just as one uses specific products to address different skin concerns, so too should one use specific targeted solutions to remedy scalp issues. A well trained professional expert at a salon is best suited to diagnose your concerns and recommend what will work for you.

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To ensure a healthy scalp one must definitely use a good shampoo as per your scalp type to purify & rebalance your scalp. Pixabay

To ensure a healthy scalp one must definitely use a good shampoo as per your scalp type to purify & rebalance your scalp. A wide range of Silicon-free scalp specific shampoos – for various concerns Oily/Dry/Sensitive/Hair loss/ Thinning to deep cleanse can help your scalp and keep it well-moisturized.

These shampoos with their unique formulation carry AOX Complex (L-carnosine, Vitamin E and Moringa) that have anti-oxidation properties and fight internal and external aggression. After the shampoo is washed out it is essential to rebalance the scalp with a treatment designed specifically to be applied on the scalp. It soothes & hydrates sensitive/dry/itchy scalp restoring the oil/moisture balance.

Apart from using the suitable shampoo and conditioner, your hair needs protection against the pollutants in the winter air which cause static and fly-aways. Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil helps fight frizz and static and gives a healthy shine too. Use it to touch up your hair during the day. The oil doesn’t sit on the surface of your hair, but actually gets absorbed to provide nourishment all day long.

Also Read- Tips to Get the Perfect Summer-Ready Body

A visit to the salon for deep cleansing once a fortnight is definitely helpful. These in-salon holistic treatments use refined ingredients to detoxify and moisturize your scalp and hair. Additionally, the indulgent massage gestures help with blood circulation nourished hair roots and a healthy scalp. When out in the open, wearing a scarf or sun hat is always helpful as sun protection is necessary! (IANS)