29 NOV,2020 | MEDC
With the onset of winter, air quality has started deteriorating in most of India. As air quality declines, vulnerability to respiratory ailments like Covid-19 rises. 14 Indian cities featured among the 20 most polluted cities in the world in 2019, according to the air quality portal IQAir. On average, transport emissions (18%) and dust (15%) are the dominant pollutants across cities, according to the assessment. Pollution is a negative externality, and it has caused immense harm to our economy. The need of the hour is to shift to renewable energies in all walks of life, and ensure that they reach every nook and corner of the country. India can no longer afford the pollution caused by most traditional fossil fuels, and the pandemic has given us an added impetus to urgently change the system. The writing is now on the wall and we can ignore it only at our peril.
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