Explained: Air pollution in Indian homes key heart risk factor, The Lancet finds

News:A study has been conducted by PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) to look at the Cardiovascular Diseases(CVDs) risk factors in middle-aged adults in 21 countries. Facts: The study has found that Cardiovascular Diseases(CVDs) remains the leading cause of mortality among middle aged adults globally accounting for more than 40% of deaths. However,the deaths from cardiac… Continue reading Explained: Air pollution in Indian homes key heart risk factor, The Lancet finds

Delhi needs to cut pollution level by 65% to meet air quality standard: CSE

Environmental NGO, Centre for Science and Environment has released new results from its on-going analysis of air quality trends in Delhi to highlight Delhi’s struggle with air pollution and what it takes to control pollution. The CSE has noted that after the launch of comprehensive clean air action plan and graded response action plan, there… Continue reading Delhi needs to cut pollution level by 65% to meet air quality standard: CSE

Varanasi has only one air quality monitoring station

According to Let Me breathe, the average air quality in Varanasi for PM 2.5 from 2017-2019 had improved to 104 from 206 in 2016. However, the maximum PM levels breached continued to be above 200, or in the “very poor” category. Let Me Breathe is a portal that investigates how people cope with poor air… Continue reading Varanasi has only one air quality monitoring station

Worrying rise in number of non-smokers getting lung cancer

A recent study published in the ‘Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine’ has noted that lung cancers is being increasingly diagnosed in non-smokers. According to the study, around 6000 people, who never smoked, died of lung cancer in UK. The study has highlighted the major contributors to lung cancer among non-smokers. These include: a)… Continue reading Worrying rise in number of non-smokers getting lung cancer

In India, air pollution is the third-highest cause of death among all health risks: report

The State of Global Air 2019 has stated that exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to over 1.2 million deaths in India in 2017 and is the 3rd largest cause of death among all health risks. The report is a systematic annual study of the health effects of global air pollution and is… Continue reading In India, air pollution is the third-highest cause of death among all health risks: report

Pollution: 6 States told to submit action plan

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Assam, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Nagaland governments to submit their action plans to tackle air pollution. NGT has further warned that if action plans are not executed within the specified timeline, the defaulting states will be liable to pay environmental compensation The direction came after the Central… Continue reading Pollution: 6 States told to submit action plan

Crop burning raises risk of respiratory illness threefold, says IFPRI study

According to a recent study titled “Risk of acute respiratory infection from crop burning in India: estimating disease burden and economic welfare from satellite and national health survey data for 250,000 persons” by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), crop residue burning increases the risk of respiratory illnesses threefold for those who experience it.… Continue reading Crop burning raises risk of respiratory illness threefold, says IFPRI study

Delhi worlds most polluted capital

The IQAir Air Visual 2018 World Air Quality Report by Greenpeace South East Asia has ranked Delhi as the world’s most polluted capital. In 2018, Delhi had an average yearly PM2.5 concentration at 113.5 micrograms per cubic metre. Dhaka (Bangladesh) was ranked the second-most polluted capital at 97.1 micrograms per cubic metre followed by Kabul… Continue reading Delhi worlds most polluted capital

Coking coal handling suspended at Goa port

The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has suspended coking coal handling operations at Mormugao Port. The decision has been taken due to deteriorating air quality at the port town of Vasco, Goa. Mormugao Port is located at the mouth of the Zuari River, in the town of Mormugao, Goa. It has a naturally protected… Continue reading Coking coal handling suspended at Goa port

Emission levels rising faster in Indian cities than in China

According to a recent study, urbanization has increased vehicular emissions in India Generally, in developed countries, vehicular emissions reduce with increased urbanization as more urbanization reduces distances between the workplace and home and thereby, a preference for public transport increases. However, in developing countries, vehicular emissions tend to increase with urbanization. For example: In China… Continue reading Emission levels rising faster in Indian cities than in China