Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season

Delhi-NCR To Observe'Clean Air Week From November 1-5

Environment ministry forms teams to report incidents of pollution

The apex court had passed these directions on a note placed before it by advocate Aparajita Singh, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the air pollution matter, seeking urgent directions to correct the prevailing situation of pollution.

The Life After Coal Campaign has been working on issues of air pollution for many years and has particular health and climate change-related expertise.

"We are supporting the project by providing salt mix for inducing artificial rains". PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 are risk factors of all-cause, cardiovascular, stroke, respiratory, and COPD mortality. According to Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutant PM 10 detected at 283 (poor category) and PM 2.5 detected at 214 (poor category) in Lodhi Road area.

National capital territory has been witnessing pollution levels oscillating between poor to severe since last week of October.

These ongoing and unattended-to exceedances of safe air quality levels are closely correlated with non-communicable diseases. Tragically many of these children die, with as many as 6 lakh estimated to have perished in 2016 alone due to complication from an acute lower respiratory infection caused by dirty air, according to World Health Organization reports. On Monday, air quality across NCR had worsened to "severe-plus" or "emergency" levels due to north-westerly winds that brought stubble smoke from Punjab and Haryana, while the high moisture levels trapped the local and external pollutants in Delhi. In addition, many of South African AAQS are significantly weaker that the WHO's outdated 2005 guidelines (which are now under review). Traffic snarls at one of the most polluted areas of Delhi, Anand Vihar, were seen on Sunday, poisoning the air with vehicular emissions. He has directed all officials to take strict action if required.

Establish a new multi-stakeholder Global Energy-Health Platform of Action to achieve power of health workers to be agents of change. Moreover, he informed that, as a measure to solve the problem, 35 air-filter equipped buses, "Bus Pariyantra", was going to be launched on the same day which will roam around Delhi.

"Uganda and many other African states have flagrantly reneged on their commitments under the Abuja Declaration of 2001 to commit at least 15% of their budget to health ( now it stands at 9.3%); The Paris Agreement on reduction of emissions; 2030 Development Agenda or Sustainable development goals".

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to address the absence of the ministers and questioned the absence of the four ministers.

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