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Tag: Air Pollution

Plants Better Than Tech For Reducing Air Pollution

New York: Plants and trees may be better and cheaper options than technology to mitigate air pollution, says a new study from an Indian-origin researcher. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that adding plants and trees to the landscapes near factories and other pollution sources could reduce air pollution by […]

Air Pollution Affects Children's Brain Development: Unicef

United Nations: Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore has warned that air pollution toxicity can affect children’s brain development and called for urgent action to deal with the crisis gripping India and South Asia. “I saw first-hand how children continue to suffer from the dire consequences of air pollution,” Fore, who recently visited India, said on […]

It Is A Question Of Life & Death Of Crores Of People In Delhi-NCR Region: SC On Air Pollution

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday said it is a question of life and death of crores of people in Delhi-NCR region which is facing severe air pollution and the authorities have to be held responsible for its failure to curb it. “Can you permit people to die like this due to pollution? Can you […]

Delhi turns Gas Chamber, Bhubaneswar racing fast to catch up with Delhi!

Bhubaneswar: With Delhi turning a gas chamber since yesterday, is the air in Odisha’s Capital City, the town of temples, any better? Though the situation doesn’t look that worse when seen through the prism of Air Quality Index (AQI), a Delhi is in the making in the temple city is beyond any reasonable doubt. Not […]

12 cities in north India reeling under severe AQI

New Delhi: North India is reeling under a wave of severe air pollution accompanied with smog as at least 12 cities on Thursday recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 400 and above, falling in the severe category. With air pollution levels becoming uncomfortable in northern India, Ghaziabad is the most polluted city on Thursday […]

Air pollution may cut heart rate response to stress in infants

New York: Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduced cardiac response to stress in their six-month-old infants, warns a new study. Decreased heart rate variability, as observed in this study, is a known risk factor for mental and physical health problems in later life. Variability in how the heart rate responds to […]

Pollution Crisis: Schools Ask Parents To Send Children With Masks

New Delhi: Advising parents to send their children for classes wearing masks and shifting outdoor activities indoors are among the steps taken by schools in Delhi-NCR to deal with pollution as the air quality continues to be in the severe category. While schools reopened on Wednesday after the Diwali break, a Gurgaon school principal said […]

Exposure To Air Pollution Can Make You More Aggressive

New York: Researchers have found that breathing polluted air does not only make you sick, but it could also make you more aggressive. The research team from the Colorado State University found that strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behaviour, in the form of aggravated assaults and other violent crimes across […]

Its October, air pollution time begins for Coastal towns!

Bhubaneswar: With Clouds taking a leave from the skies of Odisha,  air pollution today has turned worst in the entire coastal belt and some districts in western Odisha. The air pollution level is at par with that of Rajasthan and Delhi. A glance today at the Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) values for Odisha reveals that […]

Air pollution linked with mental health issues in kids

New York: Researchers have found that short-term exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with exacerbations of psychiatric disorders in children one to two days later. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, also found that children living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution compared to […]

70-90% of Indians are Vitamin D deficient: Study

Mumbai: A new study on Wednesday revealed that 70-90 per cent of Indians are Vitamin D deficient and this condition was significantly associated with Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. This finding by P.G. Talwalkar, Diabetologist at Shushrusha Hospital in Mumbai, further confirms that Vitamin D deficiency leads to chronic diseases. “Pregnant women in India have […]

Air Pollution Linked To Premature Death Risk

Sydney: Exposure to toxic air pollutants is linked to increased deaths due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, warn researchers. Conducted over a 30-year period, the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analysed data on air pollution and mortality in 652 cities across 24 countries and regions. The researchers found that increases in […]

Pollution in Odisha: State scores equal or more aerosol value vis-a-vis 'notorious' Delhi

Bhubaneswar: Did you witness a somewhat hazy morning in your town today? Don’t blame your spectacles, blame the aerosols. The big revelation is aerosol suspension in the lower atmosphere in coastal Odisha, parts of western and northern Odisha is as worse as in Delhi today. A study of the Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) of Odisha […]

Air pollution as bad as smoking a cigarette pack per day

New York: Researchers have found that ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change can accelerate lung disease as much as that by smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. “We were surprised to see how strong air pollution’s impact was on the progression of emphysema on lung scans, in the same league as […]

Air pollution ups hypertension risk in Indian women

Madrid: Ladies, take note. Women who are exposed to high pollution levels in India are at significantly higher risk of suffering from hypertension, warn researchers. The research, published in the journal Epidemiology, studied 5,531 adults from 28 peri-urban villages near Hyderabad city. “Women spend most of their time near their households in this study area […]

Google to share air quality findings with scientists

San Francisco: As part of a larger effort to track pollution, Google is releasing air quality data for scientists that it collected from California’s Bay Area and Central Valley with its Street View cars under Project Air View. The data was captured over the last three years and includes measurements that were taken after wildfires […]

Gujarat launches country's first emissions trading

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani here on the World Environment Day on Wednesday launched the country’s first emissions trading scheme (ETS) to encourage and incentivize the industrial units to cut air pollution. The theme of the World Environment Day, 2019, was air pollution. Under the scheme, the government will fix a cap on emissions […]

Air pollution can lead to birth defects

New York: Exposure to severe air pollution can cause birth defects and even fatalities during pregnancy, new research has found. According to the World Health Organization, nine out of 10 people worldwide breathe air containing a high level of pollutants, and one of every 9 global deaths can be attributed to exposure to air pollution, […]

Bad air killed over 1.2 mn in India in 2017: Study

New Delhi: Exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to over 1.2 million deaths in India in 2017, a new global study said on Wednesday. The study titled “State of Global Air 2019” reported that the life on average of a South Asian child growing up in current high levels of air pollution will be […]

Long-term exposure to PM2.5 raises diabetes' risk

Beijing: Long-term exposure to PM2.5, a major particle matter pollutant increases the risk of diabetes, finds a study. Researchers from the Fuwai Hospital under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences as well as Emory University in the United States evaluated the association between long-term exposure to PM2.5 and diabetes incidence based on data collected from […]

Polluted air kills around 6 lakh children every year: UN

Geneva: Air pollution, both outside and inside home, is a silent and invisible prolific killer responsible for premature death of 7 million people each year, including 600,000 children, according to a UN expert on environment and human rights. According to David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur, more than 6 billion people, one-third of them children, […]

Crop residue burning gobbles up $30 bn annually: Reports

New Delhi: Burning of crop residue, a common practice by Punjab and Haryana growers, leads to an estimated economic loss of over $30 billion annually, besides being a leading risk factor for acute respiratory infection, especially among children, researchers said on Monday. The study at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its partner […]

Study reveals link between air pollution and increased risk for miscarriage

New York: From asthma to pre-term birth, air pollution has been associated with numerous adverse health outcomes. Now a new study finds that air pollution can also increase the risk of miscarriage. The study, led by researchers from the University of Utah in the US, shows that even a short-term exposure to air pollution elevated […]

Not just respiratory system, air pollution may also severely affect eyes: Doctors

New Delhi: If you think it is just the lungs or the respiratory system which get affected by polluted air containing high levels of toxic gases and suspended particles — think again. Medical experts say poor air quality can cause several problems for the eyes as well, including corneal damage. “Unlike the nose or mouth, […]

Air pollution cuts average Indian's life expectancy by over 4 years, says study

New Delhi: India is the world’s second most polluted country, slightly trailing only Nepal, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) said on Monday. Particulate pollution is so severe that it shortens the average Indian’s life expectancy by more than four years relative to what it would be if World Health Organization […]