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Tag: Air Pollution

Kaniha residents of Angul choking on pollution

Angul: Residents of several villages under Kaniha police limits of the district continue to bear the brunt of high pollution levels in the area due to the incessant dust, fly ash and spillage of effluents from nearby NTPC and Jindal India Thermal Power Limited plants. Hundreds of locals took to streets and staged a dharna […]

Delhi's air quality very-poor, levels dependent on winds

New Delhi: The air quality of the national capital and surrounding areas saw slight improvement from near “severe” to very-poor” on Friday as winds continue determining Delhi’s pollution level. On a brighter side, the air quality will not drop until November 5, said System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), adding surface […]

93% children breathe toxic air globally: WHO

New Delhi: Every day, around 93 per cent of the children globally under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. Tragically, many of them die. A new study by the WHO […]

113 industries asked to shut amid 'very poor' air quality in Delhi

New Delhi: Amid deteriorating air quality in Delhi, authorities have asked 113 industries to shut for not converting to Piped Natural Gas (PNG), an official statement said Monday. Of the 113 units, 67 are located in Bawana and Narela industrial areas, it said. Delhi’s air continued to remain in the “very poor” category on Monday […]

Air pollution increasing factor for stroke among youngsters: Experts

New Delhi: Tiny air pollution particles can also increase the risk of stroke in youngsters and healthy people by damaging the inner lining of their veins and arteries, according to medical experts. Praveen Gupta, Director, Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, said that there has been a rise of young patients in the last few […]

Air quality severe in most of Delhi, Faridabad 25 times polluted

New Delhi: With more than half of the national capital suffering a “severe or severe-plus” air quality, Delhi and the regions around it saw a sudden spike in effluents on Sunday, with Faridabad’s air 25 times more polluted than safety standards. According to the data from the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) monitoring station, the […]

No Bharat Stage IV vehicle shall be sold across the country from April 1, 2020: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday said that no Bharat Stage IV vehicle shall be sold across the country with effect from April 1, 2020. The Bharat stage emission standards are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. The Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norm would come […]

Odisha launches 'star-rating' system for industries to cut air pollution

Bhubaneswar: In its bid to clean up the air, the Odisha government on Monday launched a ‘Star Rating’ system here for industries, the first-of-its-kind initiative in the state, to ensure transparency in compliance to pollution standards. The programme, launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, will rate industries from 1 to 5 based on their efforts […]

Supreme Court reserves order on plea to ban manufacture, sale of firecrackers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a plea that sought a countrywide ban on manufacture, sale and possession of firecrackers to curb air pollution. A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan reserved the order after hearing arguments from all the concerned parties including petitioner, firecrackers manufacturers and […]

Air pollution can damage your kidneys: Study

New York: Polluted air increases the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) which occurs when a person’s kidneys are damaged, or cannot filter blood properly, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have found. The study highlighted that people with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease are at an increased risk of developing CKD. […]

Air pollution shortens life by more than one year in India

New York: If air pollution were removed as a risk for death, people in the world could live at least a year longer and in India, which is battling a severe air pollution, the benefit would be even more — about 1.5 years, says study. “Here, we were able to systematically identify how air pollution […]

Air pollution may lead to changes in heart structure

London: Researchers have found that people exposed to even low levels of air pollution can have changes in the structure of the heart, similar to those seen in the early stages of heart failure. For every one extra microgram per cubic metre of PM2.5 — small particles of air pollution — and for every 10 […]

In-womb air pollution exposure associated with higher BP in childhood

New York: Exposure of babies to high levels of air pollution in the womb may increase the risk of elevated blood pressure in childhood, according to a new study. Fine particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) is a form of air pollution produced by motor vehicles and the burning of oil, coal, and […]

90% of world's population breathes badly polluted air: WHO

Geneva: Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills seven million people each year, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) study released on Wednesday. The study is an analysis of what the WHO says is the world’s most comprehensive database on ambient […]

Over 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air

Washington: More than 95 per cent of the world’s population is breathing unhealthy air, with India and China jointly contributing to over 50 per cent of global deaths attributed to pollution, a new report has found. According to the annual State of Global Air Report, published on Tuesday by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI), […]

Tips to minimise indoor air pollution

New Delhi: Add more plants to your decor and keep a tab on your appliances to keep a check on the indoor pollution at your home, say experts. Gita Ramanan, Architect and Interior Designer, Founder, Design Cafe, and Anuj Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, Livspace, share some tips. * Plants not only brighten up a space, […]

Air pollution can contaminate your morality too

New York: Air pollution not only affects your health but may also lead to unethical behaviour such as crime and cheating, researchers have warned. A combination of archival and experimental studies indicated that exposure to air pollution, either physically or mentally, is linked with unethical behaviour. The experimental findings suggest that this association may be […]

NGT raps Delhi government after air pollution disrupts cricket match

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal pulled up the Delhi government for its “lackadaisical” approach over rising pollution in the city on Monday, a day after bad air quality affecting the capital for several weeks interrupted play during the ongoing Test match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New […]

Tips to protect your skin from air pollution

New Delhi: The skin has defensive mechanisms that help fight free radicals that exist in polluted air by secreting fats and oils called lipids that act as a barrier against these pollutants. To strengthen this mechanism there are certain tips that one should follow to ward off skin diseases, say experts. Mohit Narang who is AVON […]

Air pollution may weaken your bones: Study

New York: Not just respiratory infections, high exposure to air pollution, mainly sooty black material emitted from gas and diesel engines, may also higher the risk of bone fractures as such exposure weakens it, says a new study. The study is significant as Delhi and National Capital Region continue to witness bad air quality for […]

Air pollution can cause stroke: Health experts

New Delhi: As pollution level have started to weaken at an alarming level in the National Capital Region, experts have warned that exposure to polluted air can lead to stroke among adults. Although it was earlier believed that pollution only increased the risk of heart problems, it also possesses the capability to damage inner linings […]

Spike in respiratory patients due to air pollution in Delhi

New Delhi: With the air quality of the national capital and adjoining cities consistently deteriorating, major city hospitals saw a spike in the patients complaining of respiratory issues. According to the medical experts, most of the patients are being diagnosed with bronchitis and advance asthma. Experts however believe the volume of patients would be lesser […]

Air pollution cuts growth of working memory in kids

London: Exposure to air pollution on the way to school can have damaging effects on growth of children’s working memory, suggests new research. The study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, found an association between a reduction in working memory and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) — fine inhalable particles that have diameters of […]

Even low levels of air pollution could damage your kidneys

New York: Besides, negative effects on cardiovascular health and life expectancy, increased exposure to air pollution may also harm your kidneys, researchers warn. The study suggests that there really is no “safe” level for air pollution, as even the lowest levels of particulate matter in the air can do great harm to the kidneys and […]

Indians can live four extra years if air-quality standards are met

New Delhi: India being one of the most polluted countries globally, just meeting the international air-quality standards can add “four years” to the average life of people here, while meeting the national standards can add one year, says a study. The study released by the Energy Policy Institute at The University of Chicago (EPIC), which […]