Air pollution (Delhi’s Dangerous Air Crisis) in India’s capital has been the subject of intense public debate and has received international attention.
With the onset of Winter’s, the month of October and November are the most dreaded season in the whole of North India. The ‘severe’ air quality has pushed Delhi to the World’s worst polluted city.
The Supreme Court of India and the Delhi Government have come together in the fight against air pollution. It has strictly advised people not to engage in outdoor physical activities and urged them to wear a mask since the levels of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) – less than 2.5 microns in diameter that lodge deep in the lungs — have climbed to very unhealthy levels.
The scary images from parts of Delhi-NCR covered in thick smog forced many construction work and factories to shut down. The foggy dusk caused irritation to people’s eyes. Even one of India’s most revered rivers is covered in toxic foam which looks like white clouds on it have settled. The visibility during daytime was also very hazy affecting flight and traffic operations.
Delhi’s Dangerous Air Crisis: The cause and effect
The root cause of it is simply- the pollution from the stubble crop burning in the Northern states of Punjab and Haryana and transportation.
The effects of air pollution are fatal in India and abroad. Air pollution is the leading cause of premature death in parts of the world.
According to the stats provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), it accounts for more than a quarter of deaths from lung cancer and heart disease.World Health Organisation
A Lancet study found that particulate matter (PM) caused 1.9 million deaths in Asia in 2015. In some parts of China, one in 20 deaths is due to bad air.
Trump’s Paris Climate Discord
Delhi’s air crisis reached its severity when the US withdrew itself from the Paris Agreement on climate change. In 2016, almost every country in the world agreed to establish its own emissions target. Year after year, the economic effects of the world’s current environmental path are bearing out in New Delhi.
Delhi’s Dangerous Air Crisis: Prevention
Delhi’s air pollution levels have triggered health emergencies forcing schools to shut down. Car owners are limited to driving only on certain days.
Delhi’s Dangerous Air Crisis: Conclusion
As the global temperatures rise, the effects of it just act against Delhi’s Dangerous Air Crisis. In this, the best-case scenario will be for all the countries to join hands in fighting the alarming levels of pollution.
Gasping for breath , Delhiites flock to Goa
Many residents of Delhi are flocking to Goa as the national capital continues to gasp for breath due to air pollution.
“We all know there is a health emergency situation in Delhi due to pollution and the Air Quality Index (AQI) is bad. We are here for three days for some relief,” said Kunal.
“Everyone should follow Odd-Even and car-pool to reduce pollution,” he added.
“I am able to breathe here. The air is so fresh and rejuvenating,” said Vidya.
“We were not able to breathe in Delhi due to pollution. We have an extended weekend for our children and so we decided to visit Goa,” said Piyush.
“The weather here is so beautiful. In Delhi it was hard to even breathe,” said Khushbu.
A drizzle on Thursday afternoon brought hope that it would reduce pollution levels in the national capital. However, there was no relief for the residents.
On Friday, according to weather forecaster, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the air quality is “very poor” in Delhi.
According to Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutants PM 2.5 at 241 and PM 10 at 238, both were in the ‘poor’ category in the Lodhi Road area. (ANI)