Delhi: Air Pollution And Our Right to Breathe

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By Shweta Rana

According to the World Health Organizations WHO (2013) air pollution is the fifth largest killer in India. 13 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India with Delhi being at the forefront.

The air pollution in Delhi is caused by different sources, with emissions from Diesel vehicles being one of the main and most dangerous ones. The International Agency for Research on Cancer and WHO declared in 2013 outdoor air pollution, particularly diesel fumes, as a group 1 carcinogen. Diesel exhaust is therewith in the same category as deadly carcinogens like asbestos, arsenic or tobacco.  Other sources of air pollution are combustion of agricultural residue, of coals for electricity production etc.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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