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...Things will only get more acute towards January. To make matters worse, smoke from burning farm waste descends on the capital from surrounding states at this time, which is a far more intractable problem. Three years ago, the writing on the wall was the revelation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that Delhi was the most polluted city in the world, and 13 out of the 20 worst impacted were in north India. The tell-tale parameter is the smallest measurable particulate matter — PM of less than 2.5 microns — which was an annual average of 153 micrograms per cubic metre that year, well above the WHO limit of 35. ...Indian Express on Nov. 13, 2017, 12:54 a.m.
...It is always unsettling to hear Dinesh Mohan — now retired but guest faculty at IIT-Delhi, where he has, for decades, been analysing road safety issues. One came away from his recent presentation in Mumbai feeling wary about being at the wheel of a car — or, for that matter, even seated at the back, particularly on a highway. The event, organised by the environmental NGO Parisar from Pune, laid out the basic facts about the terrible toll on human lives on Indian roads. In 2015, there were just over 4,50,000 accidents in the country, of which nearly 1,50,000 were fatal, amounting to 410 deaths and some 1,300 injuries every day. National highways and state expressways accounted for two-thirds of these deaths. It would be prudent to estimate that with the slew of new highways like the Golden Quadrilateral, and a highway proposed between Nagpur and Mumbai, this toll will only increase. However, there is no reliable data on accidents, Mohan observes. ...Indian Express on April 18, 2017, 12:37 a.m.
...Stung by international media criticism, which posed a threat to the games, the government swung into action. C R Sasikumar. If nothing else, a recent graphic in The Guardian, based on data from the journal, Preventive Medicine, and the World Health Organisation (WHO), should awaken the government to the terrifying dangers of air pollution in this country. It shows cities around the globe where the harm caused by cycling or slow jogging — measured in minutes per day — exceeds the benefits of such exercise due to the inhaling of pollutants. These refer to smallest measureable particulates of matter — PM 2.5 that are less than 2.5 micrometers and can bypass the body’s defences; by comparison, particles of 10 micrometers are less than the width of a human hair. The world map —the graphic — shows India with a crown of such polluted cities straddling the north of the country and extending into Pakistan and Afghanistan, forming the biggest concentration of such danger spots in the entire world. ...Indian Express on Feb. 20, 2017, 12:27 a.m.