WHO released its first air quality guidelines since 2005 on September 22, with the goal of lowering mortality from key pollutants that cause human deaths. In the guidance to its 194 members, it has reduced the recommended maximum limits for several pollutants. WHO says, "Almost 80% of deaths related to PM2.5 could be avoided in the world if the current air pollution levels were reduced to... updated guideline."
Private contractors and other organisations found to be in violation of norms and laws to combat air pollution were fined Rs 3 lakh by the Greater Noida authority, on September 3. The amount collected is directed to be put into the authority's bank account. The authorities have also warned that if the mistake is repeated, the penalty would be doubled.
According to research, air pollution and obesity are closely linked. Around 39.8% of children in Delhi were obese as compared to 16.4% in Kottayam and Mysuru where the quality of air is better. The researchers claim that obese children are 79% more likely to develop 'asthma'. “The burden of asthma is also much higher... a prevalence of nearly 40% among boys,” said Arvind Kumar, founder of Lung Care Foundation.
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The EPIC, a research group in the US has revealed that about 40% of Indians could witness a reduction in life expectancy by over 9 years due to air pollution. Besides, It is expected that over 480 million people living in Maharashtra, MP, and Delhi inhale hazardous air. However, the report by EPIC praises India's effort under the National Clean Air Program to reduce pollution by 20%-30% by 2034.
Worried over poor environment, Indonesian environmentalist Khalisah Khalid has sought rules to ensure clean environment for citizens. The statement came after a Jakarta court's expected ruling on lawsuit filed by Khalid’s wife and 31 others. Reportedly, Khalid's 10-year-old ailing daughter’s conditions exacerbated due to environment. Meanwhile, the government said new regulations including installation of solar panels in government buildings… read-more
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Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment's (CSE) analysis of 99 cities revealed that top 23 polluted cities this year belonged to North India. While Uttar Pradesh had its eight cities in the top 10, Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr topped the list. The report also showed that PM2.5 levels had worsened in 43 cities compared to the previous year's winter. Moreover, Karnataka's Mysuru turned out as the least polluted, followed by MP's… read-more
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Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, at the 'Go Electric' campaign on February 19, announced his department would mandate electric vehicles for its officials. Aimed to encourage the use of such vehicles besides curbing pollution, Gadkari said that fuel worth Rs 30 crore/month could be saved in Delhi with just 10,000 electric vehicles. Moreover, he emphasized the electric alternative over fossil fuels, as the latter has an import bill of Rs… read-more
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In the air quality data for February 13 published by Central Pollution Control Board, Ghaziabad had the polluted air as it reached ‘severe’ level with 401 AQI. While the AQI level in Ghaziabad was 401, Noida and Greater Noida recorded 386 and 363 in ‘very poor’ category. Besides, Faridabad and Gurgaon recorded a dismal 362 and 310 AQI. Moreover, the CPCB said that ‘very poor’ AQI may cause respiratory problems on prolonged exposure.
India's share in global premature deaths due to emissions from burning fossil fuels is highest, revealed an environmental study conducted by leading universities including Harvard. Alarmingly, of over 8.7 million global deaths in 2018 due to fossil fuel burning, India solely accounted for 2.46 million deaths, making it about ‘five deaths every minute'. Moreover, India has also surpassed China as researchers found that Beijing government… read-more
A study by University College, London showed that air pollution results in permanent sight loss called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study discovered that AMD was the leading cause of permanent blindness in late adults in high-income countries. Researchers found that PM 2.5 posed a higher risk of causing AMD as other pollutants were learned capable of harming retina. Besides, they claimed that pollution could be linked with AMD… read-more
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