Private vehicles could go off Delhi roads to counter pollution

31 October, 2018, 05:39 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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The Bench comprising Justice MB Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta has directed the matter to be listed on November 1, for implementation and compliance. About 28 percent of pollution by PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) on Tuesday was caused due to regional factors like stubble burning, SAFAR officials said.

Reportedly, indoor air pollution such as the burning of fossil fuel like coal led to the death of 67,000 children below the age of five in India, whereas around 61,000 children died due to outdoor air pollution.

Globally, 93% of children under 15 years of age-1.8 billion children-are exposed to levels of PM2.5 (ambient fine particulate matter) above World Health Organization guidelines, according to the report.

The report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that 600,000 children under the age of 15 died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air in 2016.

In addition, newborns and small children are often at home.

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In her remarks, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO, Dr Maria Neira, said: "Air pollution also impacts neurodevelopment and cognitive ability and can trigger asthma, and childhood cancer". Their lungs, organs and brains are still maturing.

"Air Pollution is stunting our children's brains, affecting their health in more ways than we suspected". The report further shows that children who have been exposed to high levels of air pollution may be at greater risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease later in life. Some of the pollutants reach peak concentrations lower to the ground, where children are absorbing them.

According to the WHO, the health sector needs to educate and provide resources to health professionals regarding pollution risks. These and other methods of preventing air pollution will be discussed at WHO's first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, which will be held at the WHO headquarters in Geneva from October 30 to November 1. The plan contains steps to combat air pollution in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas and is created to take remedial measures when air quality deteriorates.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the Centre, and the governments of Haryana and Punjab Monday for the severe air pollution in Delhi, alleging they were not ready to do anything despite the efforts by the Aam Aadmi Party government.

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