New Delhi, the capital of India, has gone through the worst November in at least six years in terms of air pollution. This has been known from official information. News from the BBC. It was a record Delhi horrific air pollution.
Delhi recorded 11 days of 'severe pollution' in November. The last time the Indian capital witnessed such pollution for a maximum of 10 days was in November 2016.
According to official data, the people of Delhi did not see a single 'good' day in the last 30 days of November, according to the global air quality index.
Experts have blamed burning of crop residues and Diwali fireworks for the alarming pollution in November.
The Central Pollution Control Board of India has been keeping data on air quality since 2015. The residents of Delhi have not had such a bad experience since then.
Gufran Beg, founder of SAFAR, a weather forecasting company, told local media that one of the main reasons for the worsening weather in November compared to the last few years was burning hay in the rainy season and Diwali.
NASA satellite imagery shows that between October 1 and November 26; 90,984 fires were reported from burning straw in three states Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
This was the highest number in five years, according to a report by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEW).
The day after Diwali, the air in Delhi dropped to dangerous levels. Because, people disobeyed the government ban and set off fireworks for hours.
PM2.5, a tiny particle that pollutes the air, is extremely harmful to the human lungs. According to international standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), 10 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter of air is tolerable.
However, the presence of PM2.5 in the air of New Delhi is much higher than the international standard. Several studies have warned of the health risks of breathing in such toxic air.
Considering Delhi horrific air pollution, a recent joint study by the Lung Care Foundation and Pulmocare Research and Education Foundation found that exposure to high levels of air pollution can lead to obesity in children and increase their risk of developing asthma. This is the first such study in India on the relationship between overweight children, asthma and air pollution.