India's rising air pollution

02 AUG,2020 | MEDC


 

Air pollution is the greatest threat to human life, even more than the pandemic. And nowhere is this more true than in India, and it will continue to remain so in the post-Covid world. According to a study conducted at the University of Chicago, a quarter of India’s population is exposed to air pollution levels not seen anywhere else in the world. Delhi residents could see almost a decade added to their lives if pollution was reduced to meet the WHO guidelines, while people in Bihar and West Bengal can add more than seven years, and residents in Haryana can expect to live eight years longer. There is clearly a massive crisis underway, compared to which, probably, even Covid-19 pales. No doubt, the economy has suffered massively due to the prolonged lockdown, but it has been quite beneficial for the environment. The challenge is to ensure, how, after the lockdown is lifted, we will not go back to degrading the environment, but adhere to some robust public policy to reduce air pollution in the country.

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