80% of Indians polled in 17 cities believe air pollution affects quality of life, but lack of awareness is rampant, finds new study
India is ranked as one of the world’s most polluted countries, with 14 cities in the top 20 most polluted cities globally, but the rural population that is affected the most by pollution knows the least about it.
Delhi's air quality deteriorates with six areas recording 'severe' pollution; further rise predicted over next two days
Six areas in Delhi — Ashok Vihar, Anand Vihar, Burari, Mundaka, Nehru Nagar and Wazirpur — recorded severe air quality, according to the CPCB. Twenty-five areas of the national capital recorded "very poor" air quality, while in four areas it was in the "poor" category, it said.
The CPCB said seven areas in Delhi, including Mundka, Rohini and Wazirpur, recorded 'severe' air quality, while in 25 other areas the air pollution level was in the 'very poor' category.
Delhi continues to choke on ‘very poor’ air as AQI soars to 387; 13 areas of National Capital record ‘severe’ pollution
Delhi’s overall air quality remained in the 'very poor' category on Wednesday, while pollution levels in some areas touched 'severe' levels due to low wind speed.
As Delhi's air quality continues to remain 'very poor', hospitals struggle to deal with rising cases of respiratory diseases
With Delhi's air quality remaining in the 'very poor' category, hospitals are facing a tough time dealing with rising cases of respiratory diseases.
This is the first time data on air pollution and lifespan have been studied together on a global scale.
India Choking: Masks and air purifiers are short-term measures, attitudes towards pollution need to change
Dirty air is democratic in that everyone breathes it and therefore everyone should have a strong interest in cleaning it up. In India, we have seen a surge of middle-class activism in recent years against corruption and violence against women.
The cold fact is that toxic air is a side effect of industrialisation. It has long been the collateral damage of development. But can a nation become economically advanced without polluting? The nations of the West do not provide examples that the developing countries of Asia can follow, without polluting copious and damaging amounts.
Air pollution is a public health crisis. A new report released by the US-based Health Effect Institute (HEI) attributes 1.1 million deaths per year to toxic air in India. While this is still a slightly lower number than China’s, the rate of increase of such deaths in India far out paces its northern neighbour.