Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Air Pollution: Majority of children breathe toxic air

Air Pollution: Majority of children breathe toxic air

In order to curb the issue, Bhure Lal, Chairman of the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has stated "Let us hope the air pollution situation in Delhi doesn't deteriorate but if it turns out to be an emergency, we will have to stop the use of private transport", EPCA is a pollution governing body appointed by the Supreme Court of India.

The apex court, which described pollution in Delhi-NCR as "very critical", said the list of such vehicles be given on the website of Central Pollution Control Board and transport department of NCR.

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked the Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments to take immediate steps to prevent crop residue burning, which is contributing to a rise in pollution levels, PTI reported. "The kind of exertion they undergo is much more than those walking in the morning at Lodhi Gardens", the bench told Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A N S Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre. The feasibility of implementing the other recommendations will also be considered by the court on November 1.

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The CPCB will immediately make social media account on which citizens can complain about pollution, the top court ordered.

The Court also observed that a note prepared by the Chairman of EPCA and the photographs attached to the note indicated a fairly awful state of affairs with regard to pollution in various parts of Delhi.

"Air quality index will be in the upper level of very poor for the next three days". Implementation is at such a dismal pace.

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"The transport departments of NCR will immediately announce that all the diesel vehicles more than 10 years old and petrol vehicles more than 15 years old shall not ply in NCR in terms of the order of the National Green Tribunal dated April 7, 2015". 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.

"Mere talking is not enough. Better waste management can reduce the amount of waste that is burned within communities and thereby reducing 'community air pollution.' The exclusive use of clean technologies and fuels for household cooking, heating and lighting activities can drastically improve the air quality within homes and in the surrounding community", the World Health Organization wrote in its press release.

Singh said that social media account should be created on Facebook or Twitter so that people could lodge complaints about pollution.

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