As per the air pollution level, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Rourkela, Talcher, Balasore and Kalinganagar have been identified as non-attainment cities.
The aggrieved villagers alleged that the plying of hundreds of coal-laden trucks have damaged the village roads to such an extent that even cyclists are hesitating to commute on the stretches.
The World Health Organization estimates that outdoor air pollution causes the deaths of 7 million people each year.
An easy and inexpensive way to reduce indoor pollution is with houseplants. Potted plants are known to reduce the number of air particulates in a room because they purify the air.
Air pollution can emerge from various sources and can directly or indirectly affect your health. For example, passive smoking.
Stubble burning in Pakka Kalan village in Bathinda. Punjab recorded more than 700-750 farm fires since September. Stubble burning ‘main cause of pollution in New Delhi’
Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US found that exposure to air pollution was linked with higher body fat, higher proportion fat and lower lean mass among midlife women.
New investigations raise a fresh alarm for the governments and agencies in India to fast-track their efforts to safeguard the population from air pollution.
Dr Hemshekhar Mahadevappa and Professor Neeloffer Mookherjee from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada looked for changes in people's blood brought about by exposure to diesel exhaust.
Previous research suggests that gas cooking produces about twice as much PM2.5 as electric. It also produces nitrogen oxides (NOx), including nitrogen oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and formaldehyde (CH2O or HCHO). All of these pollutants are health risks if not properly managed.
In India, air pollution caused an estimated 1,00,000 premature deaths in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Surat, Pune and Ahmedabad, according to a study.
The Head of the Department (HoD) of Mining Engineering department, Himanshu Bhushan Sahu said the air pollution experienced these days in the city is primarily due to vehicular and industrial pollution. “Bio-mass burning and forest fire have also their share of contribution towards the deteriorating air quality,” maintained Sahu.
The report observed that the lockdowns, restrictions and the resulting economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic have made it difficult to determine NCAP's impact based on air pollution levels alone.
The Ministry has been receiving increased funds for the last few years for conservation of tigers, the dominant species in the forest ecosystem. The allocation is higher from Rs 195 crore in 2020-21, which, in turn was higher from Rs 175 crore in 2014-15, the first year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
School reopened in Delhi on Saturday (Dec 18) after the state govt’s announced closure due to air pollution. Students share their views on online & offline mode of teaching.
Exploratory analyses suggested that younger people of colour may be particularly susceptible, said Mount Sinai-led researchers.
These state-of-the-art ASGs are capable of spraying fine mist up to 70 to 100 metres. One ASG is considered adequate for covering an area up to 20,000 square metre.
In Delhi where there is a lot of pollution, the Eastern Express highway and Western Express highway have been constructed to help minimise fuel consumption in vehicles, he told the members.
"We hired private CNG buses recently. We have decided to use them to ferry employees from colonies such as Gulabi Bagh and Nimri Colony. A majority of government employees live in these areas," Environment Minister Gopal Rai said.
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson, who has been one of the most prominent faces of the protests at Delhi borders against the Centre's farm laws, also demanded an apology from those holding the farming community responsible for pollution woes.