Diwali 2016: A week before Diwali, Delhi's air quality goes into red zone

NEW DELHI: Diwali is a week away but the capital's air quality has already plunged to "very poor" levels, breaching the hazardous "red zone" on Sunday for the first time this season - a level, if sustained for three straight days, prompts Beijing authorities to shut factories and curb outdoor activities.

Delhi's air quality index, separately calculated by CPCB and SAFAR, showed a common reading of 318 on Sunday. An AQI of more than 300 is considered "very poor". While the city's air quality falls to even more hazardous levels during the winter, it's unusual for levels to rise this early in the season.

Even US embassy's air quality monitoring stations, located at the relatively clean Chanakyapuri, showed "unhealthy" levels as per their AQI measurements. Delhi was the worst among all cities monitored by CPCB. Read more

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Bad-air impact may last for generations

NEW DELHI : Adverse effects of air pollution, described as the world's biggest environmental risk by WHO, may linger on in Delhi for generations to come, experts warn.

New studies in this area, indicating that its impact may be `transgenerational', have unsettled pollution experts and doctors here. 

T K Joshi, director of Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health said that a study by the US-based National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has uncovered this fact.
"New research that has shaken all of us says that if a fetus is exposed to air pollution, she has change in her genes, and these changes are such that they don't remain confined to her only . The impact is transgenerational, her children, her grand children will be affected. If we don't control this then we are creating lot of diseases to which we do not have any cure," Joshi said.

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'Chances of high pollution in winters'

VARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency might experience the worst air pollution during winter this year. A pilot study of air quality index (AQI) by the Centre For Environment and Energy Development (CEED) in August and September shows that maximum number of days recorded 'moderate to severe' levels of pollution.

As per the analysis of pollution data for Varanasi in 2015, the AQI was between 'poor' (201-300) and 'very poor' (301-400) categories between December and January. Considering the maximum-recorded AQI for mid/late monsoon, there are higher chances of it to worsen during winters as monsoon months are comparatively less polluted. Read more

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Mumbai feels October heat, air quality worsens

MUMBAI: The October heat is here, with maximum temperatures in Mumbai on the rise. With clear skies forecast for the next 24 hours, maximum temperatures are only expected to rise, say weathermen. However, Friday's air quality levels are forecast to fall to the `poor' category.

Real-time data recorded by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) pegged the city's overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday at 197, in the `moderate category'. The forecast for Friday said AQI is expected to be 202, or the `poor category'. But AQI on Thursday at some places like Mazgaon in Byculla and Bandra Kurla Complex was already in the `very poor' and `poor' categories respectively . Read more

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Delhi breathing cleaner air this October

NEW DELHI: Even though the national capital continues to choke on smog and dust, experts say its air quality this October has improved a little, as compared to last year.

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) records for October 2015 show that the Air Quality Index (AQI) for nine days ranged between 300 and 400 -- categorised as "very poor" -- and at few stations even crossed 400, considered "severe". Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India