Air pollutants like particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and lead (Pb) can affect the lung in numerous ways like inflammation, oxidative stress, and cell cycle death.
Delhi-Meerut, Eastern Peripheral Expressways: The twin projects happen to be one of India’s most ambitious road network initiatives in recent times. Delhi-Meerut Expressway is expected to cut down the travel time between the two cities to 60 minutes.
Even though air pollution affects not just the environment but also health, the draft entrusts all responsibility on MoEF and CPCB. No inter-ministerial or inter-departmental coordination is outlined.
Scientists have been able to create a 3D structure inspired by the honeycomb structure of beehives, that will soon be able to control air pollution.
WHO report should raise questions on India’s big-city centred pollution mitigation efforts
“There is no doubt that air pollution is increasingly become a cause of concern in Indian cities. The major worry for us is PM 2.5 air pollutant in crowded Indian cities while ozone is a problem in rural areas, especially in summer,” Beig told The Indian Express.
According to WHO, 14 of the world’s 15 cities with highest levels of PM 2.5 in 2016 were in 7 Indian states. Geography has a big role in this situation.
“WHO report clearly underplays the situation by mixing up data from many years. In reality the situation in India is much worse. It’s imperative that the NCAP has clear targets for pollution reduction and interim milestones,” said Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner at Greenpeace India.
The combined effects of household air pollution and ambient air pollution will become increasingly hard to address if not tackled early, the World Health Organization official said.
The NCAP draft, however, notes that many international studies often report data on mortality due to air pollution exposure, and “these studies use extrapolation techniques for air quality and health/disease related data, which probably may not be realistic”.
An art installation of pollution pods has been set up to test whether art as a medium can change people’s view about air pollution all across the globe. They will be duplicating the pollution levels of London, New Delhi, Sao Paolo, Beijing and Tautra.
Greenpeace India had earlier said that the targets, which were deliberated in the environment ministry as per the file noting and was also communicated by the minister to the press earlier, was lacking in the draft.
During the post-monsoon season, the air in northern India is particularly stagnant, meaning smoke particles do not vent into the atmosphere as they would during other times of the year.
An aversion to wastefulness is ingrained in the Japanese people. Japan has suffered from the consequences of pollution, it can help India avoid that fate.
A Hindu outfit, Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagna Samiti, is organising the event during which one crore offerings to fire will be made by priests, who have come from Varanasi and Vrindavan.