Rain, strong winds give Delhi its best air quality in over 2 months

The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, said the AQI improved to the “moderate” category due to rain. Delhi reported its best air quality on Friday in over two months with agencies predicting that rain and strong winds may yield the first “good” air day of the year on Saturday. The city’s 24-hour … Read more

Air pollution and SAFAR advisory: Early warning systems, related ailments and impact on economy

Recently, a study by scientists from SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) said that in Delhi, pollution-related diseases cost Rs 7,694 crore a year. Pollution advisories and health: The problem of air pollution causes issues to most everyone in the northern plains of India, especially those residing in and around Delhi. … Read more

Pollutants Tied to Changes in Ratio of Boys to Girls Born

Dec. 9, 2021 — The season of conception does not affect whether more boys than girls are born, nor do temperatures in the environment, a large study reveals. Similarly, researchers found no connection with a location’s violent crime level, unemployment rate, or major events like Hurricane Katrina. But certain chemical pollutants were related … Read more

Air pollution emerging as an emergency medical challenge, studies associate robust link with stroke

Air pollution ranks within the top five risk factors for mortality in emerging economies such as India and China. (Representational image: Reuters) By Dr. Vipul Gupta, Air pollution continues to be a significant concern to public health and a tough problem confronted by society. Recently the Air Quality Index (AQI) has crossed the hazardous mark … Read more

Pandemic and pollution: Technological advancements in the air purification industry

The air purification industry has evolved a great deal and in multiple ways in recent years backed by a large amount of investments being made in technology development around the world. As the scientific community continues to grapple with Covid-19 attempting to demystify and indeed find a sure-fire treatment for it, the continual eruption of … Read more

Pakistan’s Lahore becomes world’s third most polluted city

Lahore on Tuesday became the world’s third most polluted city as increasing smog has engulfed Pakistan‘s cultural capital, an air quality monitoring company said. The bad air has sickened hundreds with respiratory and other illnesses. Lahore ranked third behind Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar on the pollution index, according to Switzerland-based … Read more

Rivers of Resistance: AMR, a silent pandemic in the making

This threat of AMR has just become larger and more complex with the indiscriminate use of antibiotics during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Representative image) By Dr. Suman KapurWhy do we tolerate poisoning of our rivers by human waste and industrial toxins? asks British Journalist Victor Mallet to all Indians, in his book ‘River of Life, River … Read more

Delhi-NCR’s Airpocalypse: Dissatisfied Supreme Court pulls up officials, seeks action

Unhappy with the steps taken by the Centre and the state governments of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab to improve air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up their officials and said “bureaucracy has developed an inertia,” leading to “a policy paralysis.” It, however, observed that it doesn’t want … Read more

Pollution chokes, COPD provokes: Increasing cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases amid the rising pollution

According to a study published in The Lancet Journal, there has been a staggering rise of almost 100% in the last decade pertaining to the COPD cases in India. By Dr Sharad Joshi, Air pollution has been posing a stringent threat on the overall health of individuals with respiratory ailments, especially chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases … Read more

Toxic air in NCR: SC raps Delhi govt for lapses, asks Centre to hold emergency meeting today

The apex court also asked the states of the NCR region to consider asking employees to work from home. Besides, the state governments were also asked to pursue farmers to halt stubble burning for a week or two. The Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded the Delhi government for its failure to reduce air pollution levels … Read more