Levels of pollution in India, particularly the cities are at an all time high. What is worrying is that pollution is affecting children and even unborn babies

Pollution Is Affecting Our Kids, But What Is Being Done About It?delhi superJumbo v2 1024x657 POLLUTION IN INDIAN CITIES

  1. It is so widespread that we are unfortunately inured to it – the air is polluted, so are our water sources; noise pollution is a constant urban reality in India. Thought India has lower greenhouse gas emission rates than developed countries, pollution in India, particularly Indian cities is far worse than those countries. Smoke from burning, industries, vehicles, smog and particulate pollution is far higher and even non-smokers in India have 30% lower lung function than Europeans.
  2. According to the World Health Organisation, 15 Indian cities feature in a list of the 30 most polluted cities in the world. (Source – Rediff) The burning of solid fuels and wood is the major cause of high levels of air pollution in Indian cities. Then there is the fact that all our city roads are terribly congested by vehicles of all sorts – the sort that belch out polluting gasses because of age, poor maintenance and fuel adulteration. There is also the fact that rising incomes mean that new vehicles are constantly being added to Indian roads.
  3. Delhi has distinction of being one of the most polluted cities in the country. However since the most powerful people in the country live there, there is at least some attention being paid to air quality in the nation’s capital. This was the first city in the country to have CNG busses and autos pressed into service; a move that other cities have emulated since then.
  4. 18 01 pg18e POLLUTION IN INDIAN CITIESIn spite of this, Delhi’s name is at the top of the list of the 6 most polluted cities in India. Delhi’s air pollution levels are by far the highest with 1,478 tonnes a day; followed by Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Kanpur. Delhi’s air is polluted by road dust, industrial emissions, local dust generation and vehicles. (Source – HT)
  5. What is really alarming is the impact that pollution has on the children of the country; even the unborn child still in the mother’s womb. There is evidence to show that air pollution could be a contributing factor for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) – that kids exposed to very high air pollution levels before birth were at more risk of being born with ADHD.
  6. There is also evidence to show that foetuses exposed to high pollution could be born prematurely or be born with low birth weight or even be born with birth defects. These children may also be more likely to have more respiratory and digestive problems later in life. (Source)
  7. 25air pollution3 POLLUTION IN INDIAN CITIESDiarrhea and respiratory problems (very often related to air and water pollution either directly or indirectly) are the leading cause of death among Indian kids according to a UNICEF report. The Global Burden of Disease Study has claimed that air pollution is the fifth largest killer in the country. The report also claims that about 620,000 premature deaths occur in India as a result of diseases related to air pollution.
  8. According to a Delhi based pediatrician, even new born infants now present with respiratory diseases. Air pollution can cause problems ranging from allergies, wheezing, bronchitis, ear infections, pneumonia, sore eyes, triggering of asthma attacks, dermatitis, tonsils problems , giddiness, headaches and so on. long term impacts could include COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchial asthma and even certain types of cancer and heart problems. (source)
  9. So the next time you take your vehicle to the fuel pump to get it a PUC certificate, ask yourself what else you can do to lower air pollution in your city and perhaps save your child from potential health problems.

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