Breathing Delhi air akin to smoking 44 cigarettes a day: Study

As air quality in the capital continues to deteriorate, a study conducted by the Berkeley Earth Science research group has warned that breathing the current toxic air in Delhi is akin to smoking 44 cigarettes in a day.

Hospitals around the capital city have recorded an increase in the number of patients suffering from respiratory diseases. Children, senior citizens and patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes are especially vulnerable.

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The World Health Organization has warned of the diminished life expectancy of those living in the capital region in the current situation.

The Supreme Court constituted Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has taken several measures such as banning all construction activities in the capital region until November 5th.

The Government of NCT Delhi has shut all schools and will be implementing the Odd-Even car rationing scheme starting from November 4th to 15th.

Even as high claims regarding stopping of stubble burning are being made, there is little action on the ground and there appears to be a game of passing the buck.

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