Slow but steady choke: India’s toxic air is shortening lifespans by an average of a year and a half
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Outdoor air pollution could shorten your life

A Texas University study says outdoor air pollution shortens an average Indian’s life by over 1.5 years. Scientists have said if PM 2.5 concentrations worldwide were limited to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) air quality guideline concentration of 10 μg per square cubic metre, the global life expectancy would be on average 0.59 year longer.

Air Pollution Can Cause Cognitive Impairment In Brains Of The Elderly

A Beijing and Yale university survey involving about 50,000 people found a link between poor air quality and a decline in cognitive tests. “Pollution can affect a person’s ability to think in both verbal and math tests. However, the damage is more pronounced in older men.”

Green court: Singrauli industries will be shut if they pollute

The green court has appointed a panel headed by a former judge to submit an action plan to ensure industry compliance in dealing with air and water pollution in Singrauli and Sonebhadra districts of MP and UP respectively. The industries “would be closed immediately if they fail to comply”. Despite a December 2017 NGT order, neither the industries nor the authorities have taken steps to check pollution.

Delhi to install new sensors to track air quality

Ahead of deadly winter smog, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to install around 47 air pollution monitoring sensors by September-end. The sensors will track PM10, PM2.5, NO2, SO2 and CO levels. Delhi is among the 14 Indian cities that figured in WHO list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in 2016. The latest study by Central Pollution Control Boardsays Delhi has fared well on air pollution in the first half of 2018, but it may not be so in the second half.

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