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Five ways to protect yourself from air pollution
Health

Five ways to protect yourself from air pollution

Here are five methods you should consider to keep you and your loved ones safe from the worst of the unhealthy air.

Delhi pollution: As temperature drops further in Capital, thick smog blankets city; govt measures fail to curb dip in air quality
India

Delhi pollution: As temperature drops further in Capital, thick smog blankets city; govt measures fail to curb dip in air quality

The air quality index of the state-run Central Pollution Control Board showing the concentration of poisonous particulate matter known as PM 2.5 stood at 440, up from 430 on Wednesday, and about 12 times the US government recommended level of 35.

80% of Indians polled in 17 cities believe air pollution affects quality of life, but lack of awareness is rampant, finds new study
India

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
India

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.

Delhi's air quality 'very poor' with AQI of 385; SAFAR says pollutant levels to worsen over weekend
India

Delhi's air quality 'very poor' with AQI of 385; SAFAR says pollutant levels to worsen over weekend

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
India

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
India

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.

Ambient air pollution shortens an average Indian's life by over 1.5 years: Study
science

Ambient air pollution shortens an average Indian's life by over 1.5 years: Study

This is the first time data on air pollution and lifespan have been studied together on a global scale.

Air pollution is now a year-round problem for Delhi; toxicity may even harm fully healthy people
India

Air pollution is now a year-round problem for Delhi; toxicity may even harm fully healthy people

Poor air quality is a problem consistently affecting New Delhi, beyond winter and individual weather events.

India Choking: Masks and air purifiers are short-term measures, attitudes towards pollution need to change
News & Analysis

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.

India Choking: Factors spreading air pollution and abatement techniques to be learned from China
News & Analysis

India Choking: Factors spreading air pollution and abatement techniques to be learned from China

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.

India Choking: Air pollution is a problem that not only needs acknowledgement, but action too
News & Analysis

India Choking: Air pollution is a problem that not only needs acknowledgement, but action too

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.

Delhi pollution: In Beijing vs Delhi, national capital beats China at poorer air quality
India

Delhi pollution: In Beijing vs Delhi, national capital beats China at poorer air quality

Delhi and Beijing remains neck and neck as data says it's an equally bad place to breathe. Here is a comparison of pollution levels in the two Asian capitals.

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2: Its usefulness depends on you and your concern for your family
News & Analysis

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2: Its usefulness depends on you and your concern for your family

Xiaomi launched its first home product in India late last week – the Xiaomi Air Purifier 2. At an event in New Delhi. I’ve been using it for some time now.

Odd-even scheme arrested peak pollution level, Delhi govt submits in High Court
India

Odd-even scheme arrested peak pollution level, Delhi govt submits in High Court

The odd-even formula has resulted in Delhi's lowest pollution peak compared to the previous high-smog episodes this winter, the government submitted on Friday

Delhi pollution rises after odd-even restrictions, but other factors could be responsible
India

Delhi pollution rises after odd-even restrictions, but other factors could be responsible

Air-pollution levels in Delhi rose 50% during the first week (January 1 to 7, 2016) of the state government’s odd-even measure over the previous week.

Factories to close, cars to go off the streets as Beijing issues second red alert for smog
World

Factories to close, cars to go off the streets as Beijing issues second red alert for smog

Weeks after putting its emergency response plan into action for the first time, Beijing issued its second-ever red alert for smog

India races past China...in pollution: Delhi air one-and-a-half-times worse than Beijing
India

India races past China...in pollution: Delhi air one-and-a-half-times worse than Beijing

Air pollution in Delhi has been one-and-a-half times worse than in Beijing over the past week, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of PM 2.5 (Particulate Matter) concentration data.

Inhaling a crisis: Why data on air pollution in Indian cities is crucial
India

Inhaling a crisis: Why data on air pollution in Indian cities is crucial

India needs all the data it can get on pollution caused by PM2.5 particles, which is the accepted global standard of measuring air pollution.

High pollution levels in Delhi may have cost Obama 6 hours of his life
India

High pollution levels in Delhi may have cost Obama 6 hours of his life

Delhi may have geared up well for life threatening attacks against Barack Obama, but the deadly pollution levels in the city may have cost the US president 6 hours of his life.