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Is smog as bad as smoke? Expert on tips for minimising health risks

Are the effects of smog are as bad, if not worse, than smoke? Health expert reveals preventive measures to minimise the impact of smog on the ENT system

Smoke rises from a brick kiln during a smoggy morning in Kathmandu, Nepal. Is smog as bad as smoke? Expert on tips for minimising health risks from smog pollution (Photo by REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 08:01 AM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Delhi logs ‘severe’ air quality index despite overnight drizzle

Delhi clocked a 24-hour average AQI of 409 at 4pm, significantly worse than 368 (very poor) a day ago and 333 on Monday, according to data from the CPCB.

The pollution spike came despite a jump in temperatures. Delhi’s minimum rose from 6.9°C on Tuesday to 8.3°C on Wednesday – a degree above normal. (Viipin Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 04:10 AM IST

Passenger hits IndiGo pilot announcing fog-induced delay of Goa-bound flight

A video of the assault, which went viral on Sunday, purportedly shows Sahil Kataria, the passenger, charging at Captain Anup Kumar before hitting him as the cabin crew breaks down

The assault provoked outrage and prompted calls for declaring Sahil Kataria an unruly passenger and putting him on the no-fly list. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 02:56 PM IST

Orange alert on weather; curbs back as AQI ‘severe’

Delhi experienced severe smog and low visibility on Sunday, with pollution levels reaching their highest this year. Over 400 flights were delayed, and schools were ordered to start classes after 9am. The weather office predicted further fog and cold temperatures for Monday and Tuesday. The city's air quality index worsened to its worst January level in three years, prompting restrictions on older vehicles and private constructions. Experts warned that the polluted air could cause serious long-term health issues for all residents and particularly vulnerable groups.

Fog drapes an aircraft at the Delhi airport on Sunday morning. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

BKC has poor AQI at 292, Kandivali best at 77

The overall AQI levels in Mumbai were moderate at 181 on Friday but the city was covered in a blanket of smog in several parts. While scientists attributed the current spike in AQI to the winter, wind reversal will play a huge role in changing AQI patterns in the coming days

Mumbai, India - Dec. 11, 2023:General view of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), in Mumbai, India, on Monday, December 11, 2023. (Photo by Raju Shinde/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 30, 2023 07:02 AM IST

Air quality in city dips as winter sets in; BMC alert

The air quality in Mumbai has dipped to 'moderate' and the Bandra Kurla Complex has recorded a 'poor' level, prompting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to instruct officials to implement air pollution guidelines. Experts attribute the drop in air quality to the onset of winter and suggest that the implementation of pollution norms may have been lax.

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Updated on Dec 20, 2023 08:52 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Pakistan: Sindh govt urges public to wear face masks amid worsening air quality

Sindh's caretaker Chief Minister, Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar, has called on the public to ensure the use of face masks amid Karachi's worsening air quality, ARY News reported.

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Published on Nov 28, 2023 06:10 PM IST

Lessons for Mumbai and Delhi's crusade for clean air

Rather than reinvent the wheel, we need to learn from the global playbook. New York, Beijing and London have tackled air pollution through specific measures.

Huge Air Pollution seen near Reclamation at Bandra, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov 11, 2023. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2023 09:00 AM IST

Every smog has its day

That crackers did not only have to do with Diwali, revelry was also showcased at the Wankhede stadium

 (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2023 02:03 PM IST
ByChetna Keer

Capital unable to shed its post-firecracker shroud

The air quality index reached the cusp of the "severe" zone, with a 24-hour average AQI of 397 on Tuesday.

Heavy smog on a cold morning as air pollution levels rise in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 04:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Duo's melody on Delhi's air pollution strikes a chord with netizens. Watch

The song, posted on Instagram, has rapidly gained traction, garnering millions of views.

Snapshot of the duo singing the song. (Instagram/@Nirbhay Garg)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 03:17 PM IST
ByVrinda Jain

Air pollution vs kids lungs: Tips for parents to preserve their child's lungs

As air pollution in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and other North Indian states worsen after Diwali, doctor suggests tips for parents to preserve kids lungs from smog

Air pollution vs kids lungs: Tips for parents to preserve their child’s lungs from smog (HT_PRINT/For Representation)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 01:54 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Diwali pollution: What can you do to stay healthy amid Delhi's ‘very poor’ AQI?

The concentration of PM 2.5 in Delhi has been recorded at 31 times the limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Delhi's air quality in 'poor' category after Diwali (ANI)
Published on Nov 13, 2023 11:19 AM IST

Delhi's post-Diwali air quality worsens; Anand Vihar AQI turns 'very poor'

Delhi-NCR Air Pollution News: Visuals from across Delhi showed thick haze covering roads, making it difficult to see beyond a few hundred metres.

With deteriorating AQI in Noida, some residents have started wearing masks to protect themselves from pollution. (Sunil Ghosh/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 06:44 AM IST

Air pollution vs mental health: Tips to boost your emotional wellness amid smog

Air pollution can lead to psychological and emotional issues - stress, anxiety, depression, dementia etc. Mental health experts reveal all you need to know

Air pollution vs mental health: Tips to boost your psychological, emotional wellness amid smog (File Photo)
Published on Nov 12, 2023 06:36 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Air pollution vs diabetes, heart attack: Experts share tips to tackle poor AQI

If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or heart disease, high pollution levels can cause further complications. Here are tips to manage your health amid smog

Air pollution vs diabetes, heart attack: Experts share tips to tackle poor AQI, smog (HT_PRINT)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 12:32 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Consequences of curbs on outdoor activities, exercise amid smog

Delhi's current air quality is often described as a ‘gas chamber’. Is the smog impacting our mental health amid lack of outdoor activities or exercise?

Air pollution and mental health: Consequences of curbs on outdoor activities, exercise amid smog (ANI Photo/Ishant )
Published on Nov 11, 2023 05:42 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

More green cover, good traffic mgmt.: Saharanpur fares better on AQI front

The AQI in Saharanpur remained between 100 to 190 in the past 10 days, while it crossed 400 in Delhi, 350 in Ghaziabad and Meerut and 250 in Shamli, Bulandshahr and Baghpat districts. Environmental experts and pollution control officials attribute the better air quality in Saharanpur to its location, large green cover, proximity with Shivalik range forests, bigger rural area and a few other factors.

The district has jungles spread over 3,32,229 hectares, covering over 9 per cent of the total area . (Pic for representation)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 07:50 AM IST
ByS Raju

How did London, Paris, Los Angeles and Beijing handle their PM 2.5 problem?

Five takeaways from urban sprawls that faced severe pollution and tackled the problem effectively

A view of the central business district shot through a glass window during a dust storm in Beijing. (Borg Wong / AP)
Published on Nov 09, 2023 02:35 PM IST

Bad air, smog dissuade morning walkers in Lucknow

Due to early morning smog , we have rescheduled our walk from 5am to 8am. Even at 8am, the smog remains but it is less intense, says senior citizen

The air quality index (AQI) in Lucknow was recorded at 237 on Tuesday, bringing the air quality under the ‘poor’ category for the third consecutive day. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 05:26 AM IST

Pakistan's Punjab govt declares four-day holiday to mitigate impact of smog

Pakistan's Punjab govt declares four-day holiday to mitigate impact of smog

The public holiday has been announced from November 9 to 12. (AP/File)
Published on Nov 07, 2023 08:42 PM IST

Amid Delhi air pollution, SC's strong words for Punjab over stubble burning

Delhi air pollution: The Supreme Court directed Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to stop stubble burning “forthwith”.

Farmers burn straw stubble after a harvest in a paddy field, on the outskirts of Jalandhar. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 12:47 PM IST

Tourists disappointed as smog engulfs Taj Mahal

Tourists dismayed after they fail to capture the Taj Mahal in their camera nor get a view of the Mughal-era monument amid smog and haze from construction sites

People visit the smog engulfed Taj Mahal in Agra (HT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 07, 2023 10:35 AM IST
PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Agra

Smog blankets Kanpur; metro corp slapped with 52L fine

Monday’s AQI reading stood at 292, causing respiratory distress among the city’s residents. Doctors have advised people to postpone their morning workouts until after 8:30 am to minimise health risks.

Kanpur (File photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 09:33 PM IST

Taj Mahal disappears under thick blanket of smog

A study of the AQI pattern at Shahjahan Garden station of the UPPCB, near the Taj Mahal, revealed that air quality worsened to 294 (‘poor’ category) on Monday morning

People visit the smog engulfed Taj Mahal , in Agra, on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Nov 06, 2023 08:01 PM IST

Weather system may lead to winds picking up from Nov 11 in Delhi: IMD

According to IMD, a western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region from the night of November 7

Cold weather and weak winds did little to disperse pollutants, and India Meteorological Department has forecast that the conditions are likely to remain the same till at least November 11. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 12:55 AM IST

Pune’s air quality deteriorates, cloudy weather to continue

On Sunday, the air quality worsened from moderate to poor levels and Shivajinagar, Bhosari, and Bhumkar Chowk areas experienced the highest air pollution in the city. An orange alert has been issued by SAFAR-IITM

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city was 180 at 6 pm, while the PM 10 was 146 and PM 2.5 was 91. On Saturday, the PM 10 level was at 142 while PM 2.5 was recorded as 88, respectively. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 05, 2023 07:18 PM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

Farm fires dip by 47% in Punjab but air quality worse than last year

Experts blame poor air quality on spike in stubble burning cases in Punjab in last 10 days and sudden dip in temperature

The spike in farm fires in the past one week has worsened the air quality in Punjab. Analysis of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data reveals that the air quality this year is worse than the corresponding period last year.
Updated on Nov 05, 2023 06:30 AM IST

'Equal to 30 cigarettes': Medanta doctor alerts parents amid 'severe' Delhi AQI

Delhi has been choking under severe toxic air for the past few days.

Commuters out on a smoggy morning amid rising air pollution at Kartavya Path in New Delhi (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 03:26 PM IST

China issues highest pollution alert as visibility drops amid dense smog

Beijing said it would implement traffic control measures if the capital activates its highest air pollution warning.

People walk along a business street in Beijing (AFP)
Published on Oct 31, 2023 01:37 PM IST
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