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NEW DELHI CONFRONTS DEADLY AIR POLLUTION LEVELS

Air pollution levels in New Delhi have reached dangerously high levels, resulting in the closure of schools across the city. Citizens have likened their homes to gas chambers, and families are resorting to spending their day in rooms with air purifiers and wearing gas masks outside of this room. The necessity of staying indoors to mitigate exposure to the air pollution has evoked the feeling that the public is ‘under siege’. Even in rooms with air purifiers, it is reported that levels of PM2.5 (the most deadly type of particulate matter) remain five times higher than the level deemed safe by the World Health Organisation. The health implications are serious- it is noted that single isolated cases of bad air pollution have historically been capable of causing of tens thousands of premature deaths. Citizens in New Delhi are currently complaining about irritable eyes, sore throats, breathing difficulties and dizziness.

Many are angry at the situation, but governmental action is regarded as slow. This perceived slowness is attributed to the fact that dozens of governmental institutions have overlapping authority to take action - which impliedly creates inefficiency- and it is suggested that institutions tend to shy away from being the one who does take action by delegating tasks to other bodies.

 

 

The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Friday, 18 November 2016

(Source: New York Times)