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WHO revises global air quality, sets new quality levels for protection of health

While WHO's revised recommendations for air quality standards are not legally binding for countries, they may represent a turning point in the way we approach air pollution globally.
Out of 100 global cities in 2020, 92 exceeded WHO's revised 2021 air quality guidelines, which include 5 Indian cities as well. Delhi's annual PM2.5 trends in 2020 was 16.8 times more than WHO's 2021 guidelines.(Representational photo)
Out of 100 global cities in 2020, 92 exceeded WHO's revised 2021 air quality guidelines, which include 5 Indian cities as well. Delhi's annual PM2.5 trends in 2020 was 16.8 times more than WHO's 2021 guidelines.(Representational photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2021 07:44 PM IST
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By Avik Roy, New Delhi, Hindustan Times

HealthWise: Not just lungs and heart, air pollution does deeper damage

While most people associate air toxins with lung disease, 38% of the disease burden from air pollution in India is from heart disease and diabetes, found the study, which estimated it accounted for 1·24 million or 12·5% of the annual deaths.
Even in places where air pollution is comparatively low in India, it exceeds national and WHO norms during seasonal peaks, leading to cumulative exposure and sustained damage to the entire population. (Representative image)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Even in places where air pollution is comparatively low in India, it exceeds national and WHO norms during seasonal peaks, leading to cumulative exposure and sustained damage to the entire population. (Representative image)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 03, 2019 06:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma

Pollution is now politically salient in national capital

The action plan suggests three significant shifts in the policy discourse on air quality governance.
The response perhaps is still not proportionate to the scale of the problem, and cleverly highlights one non-Delhi based pollution source -- crop burning -- but at least the needle has moved towards proactive policy measures.(HTimage)
The response perhaps is still not proportionate to the scale of the problem, and cleverly highlights one non-Delhi based pollution source -- crop burning -- but at least the needle has moved towards proactive policy measures.(HTimage)
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 06:11 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Shibani Ghosh, Santosh Harish

Life expectancy down by 2.6 years due to air pollution, finds study

While exposure to outdoor particulate matter (PM) accounted for a loss of nearly one year and six months in life expectancy, exposure to household air pollution accounted for a loss of nearly one year and two months, according to the CSE.
Smoke comes out from a Refinery factory at Sewri in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)
Smoke comes out from a Refinery factory at Sewri in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2019 12:07 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Improved inspection and maintenance for vehicles will make our air breathable

Studies have shown that around 60% of vehicular air pollution in India can be attributed to 20% of vehicles, the ones that are poorly-maintained or, simply, old.
While the government has tightened the emission norms and introduced cleaner fuels, the expected results have not been observed in the city’s air quality(HT File photo)
While the government has tightened the emission norms and introduced cleaner fuels, the expected results have not been observed in the city’s air quality(HT File photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 11:13 AM IST
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By Anju Goel and Jai Kishan Malik
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