Material hardship can increase the adverse affects of physical "stressors" like air pollutants as researchers have found that the toxic combination of air pollution and poverty could lower the intelligence quotient (IQ) of your kid.
Stepping up its effort to curb pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday announced a fine of Rs 5,000 on individuals spotted burning garbage, leaves, plastic, rubber etc in open areas in parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
A house panel Monday said it was "strange" that Environment Ministry was not ready to "accept" studies linking mortality with air pollution as it recommended restricting use of personal vehicles through an efficient and cost effective public transport system.
The government on Monday moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking stay of its ban orders on 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying on Delhi roads on the ground that it would affect public and essential services.
The Delhi High Court today said it was "appalled" over how bureaucrats are unconcerned over air pollution in the national capital and how cutting of trees could lead to worsening of the situation and called for some "radical" steps to address the issue.
A new World Bank administered programme, with an initial total allocation of around $45 million, will focus on air quality management in five major urban areas in India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday noted that the "magnitude" of trees cut by DMRC and PWD for various projects has enabled air pollution to increase in the national capital and sought reports from them and the city government on where replantation was undertaken and how much, since 2010.
Measures including strict action against visibly polluting vehicles and automatic identification of overloaded vehicles at the borders, are part of a three-month action plan devised Monday to deal with increasing air pollution in Delhi and NCR.
Delhi transporters including the truckers associations are likely to go on strike to protest against the National Green Tribunal's order banning diesel vehicles of more than 10 years age from plying in the city.