Acid rain increasing due to pollution
India's Meteorological Department and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology have stated that increasing levels of atmospheric pollution in India have led to acidification of rains. The revelation was made after analyzing the pH values of rainwater samples collected at Nagpur, Mohanbari, Allahabad, Visakhapatnam and Kodaikanal. Experts have warned that this could affect agriculture by reducing nutritional value of soil.
Delhi: Most polluted city by leaps and bounds
Over the last week, Delhi experienced its worse case of smog in 17 years. Delhi's off-the-charts pollution saw the Air Quality Index jump above 500, a level considered severe/hazardous. The already polluted city was reeling from post-Diwali pollution which significantly worsened with smoke from neighbouring states where post-harvest stubble was illegally burnt. Experts also attributed unusual direction of winds for the worsening smog.
Pollution suffocating millions worldwide
According to a Global Burden of Diseases study, nearly 5.5 million people prematurely died in in 2013 due to indoor and outdoor air pollution. The World Health Organization estimates 2.1 million deaths could be prevented annually, across age groups, by meeting air quality guidelines worldwide.
Greenpeace: 1.6 million pollution deaths in India, China
A report released by Greenpeace states that 1.6 million people in India and China died due to pollution caused by fossil fuels in 2015. The report added that in India and China, rates of death caused by air pollution have not improved since 2010. It added that despite significant economic growth, India and China failed to cut down on air pollution levels.
Indian tops global ozone pollution deaths
India has fared second worst in the world in the total number of deaths attributed to air pollution. Only China has worse statistics than India. In addition, India has the highest number of premature deaths due to ozone pollution. 2.54 lakh deaths occurred in 2015 on account of ozone exposure. India recorded ozone pollution levels 21 times higher than Pakistan.
WHO report on pollution in India alarming
Report titled 'State of Global Air 2017' claimed that 1 million deaths in 2015 in India were attributable to pollution. Central government expressed concern over the report however Environment Minister Anil Dave underplayed report's findings and said, "We will stress on research done by Indian institutions." Dave conceded air pollution was a serious issue and and government was taking many steps to tackle it.
2 Indians die every minute due to air pollution
A study published in the medical journal The Lancet, said that over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution. This equates to an average of two deaths a minute. The study also established links between air pollution and climate change, saying the two need to be tackled together. Due to pollution, India loses $38 billion in income towards labour.