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Coronavirus: 'India must cut pollution to avoid Covid disaster'

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India's dreaded pollution season has returned as air quality in the capital Delhi and other northern cities rapidly deteriorated in the last two weeks. This is bad news for India's fight against coronavirus because several studies around the world have linked air pollution to higher Covid-19 case numbers and deaths. A Harvard University study shows that an increase of only one microgram per cubic metre in PM 2.5 - dangerous tiny pollutants in the air - is associated with an 8% increase in the Covid-19 death rate. Another study by scientists at the UK's University of Cambridge also found a link between the...

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Delhi's air quality worst in 8 months

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Delhi’s air quality on Tuesday deteriorated to the “very poor” category for the first time this season. Government-run monitoring agency System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, or SAFAR, said the air quality index was not likely to improve for the next two days. Air pollution typically worsens during the winter months from October to December. It was in the “poor category” for six consecutive days after it began to decline on October 7 for the first time in over three months. The overall air quality index or AQI was 307 at 2.30 pm in Delhi. An index reading between 0 and...

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As stubble burning begins Delhi's air quality dips, turns 'hazardous'

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The Delhi air quality on Monday turned 'hazardous' at several places with the beginning of stubble burning. According to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data, Air Quality Index was recorded at 275 in Anand Vihar, at 263 in Rohini, at 275 in ITO, and 229 in Nehru Nagar; all four in 'poor' category on Monday. The Delhi government has already launched a campaign, "War against Pollution" on October 9. A tree transplantation policy has also been passed in this regard in a recent Cabinet meeting. On Sunday, Delhi's air quality was recorded in the "poor" category for the fifth consecutive...

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