No Adequate Plan For Environmental EmergencyNov 15, 2016
The post-Diwali pollution has left Delhi dealing with the worst smog it has ever experienced. As the pollution results in watering eyes and tightness in the chest, many have now taken to buying air purifiers in the hope that it would provide some guard against lung-damaging conditions.
As pollution levels soared manifold beyond the prescribed limit, sales of devices for purifying indoor air also jumped 50 per cent in the first week of November. Suvendu Mazumdar, national product manager of Spark international, one of the leading manufacturers of air purifiers in the country, says he is being flooded with inquiries about purifiers throughout the day. "The air situation in the country has deteriorated so much that I have people not only from Delhi, but other parts of the country too, inquiring about what type of purifier to buy," he says. The visible pollution as well as the fog has made many people prone to asthma and allergies rush to to buy these devices to prevent further damage. Several embassies in Delhi have taken measures to set up pollution-free zones within their perimeters. The German embassy, for instance, has equipped its central ventilation system to include an air filter that purifies the air. "Since December 2014, the purchase of air purifiers for the expatriate staff's private homes has been subsidised and all embassy staff are entitled to an additional three days of leave that must be spent outside Delhi," says a press release by the German embassy. Most multinational companies too have issued guidelines with incentives to get their employees to install purifiers at homes as well. So how effective are air purifiers in combating these levels of pollution? One can only guess as so far no government or independent scientific institution has done any study of their impact
Delhi ’s Deadly Polluation - A Wake Up Call For Us
The alarming pollution level is literally 'capital punishment' for Delhi'ites who are being robbed of three years of their lives due to it, Delhi High Court said, holding government's inaction and stubble burning in Punjab as being responsible for the "genocide".
The grave situation was leading to the "decimation" of more than 60 million life years or one million deaths. Referring to a WHO study on the effects of air pollution published in a news article, the court said pollutants in the air in several cities of India, especially Delhi, "exceeds the standards", as 13 out of the world's 20 most polluted cities were in our country. The bench also noted that Delhi had the highest number of people suffering from respiratory ailments and also deaths due to it. As per the report, air pollution in a city like Delhi deducts three years from your life expectancy. Delhi has a population of over 20 million. So 60 million life years are being robbed from people of Delhi.
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