"The Supreme Court of India in the last week of January asked the Centre to prepare an action plan to curb air pollution across the country."
DH's Lijo Abraham spoke to Hasenkopf about the rising air pollution affecting cities around the world and in particular, Bengaluru.
"A new independent study that focused on Bengaluru's air quality, by recording data on seven arterial roads over a week, has revealed that Bengaluru's air quality, during peak hours of traffic, is comparable to some of the most polluted cities in the world."
Outdoor air pollution has received much-required attention in popular media.
Every month sees high spikes in pollution levels, with hourly averages equivalent to smoking 5 cigarettes a day. Some parts of the city are particularly worse. In 2015, the pollution at levels at BTM showed it was roughly equivalent to smoking 23 cigarettes (more than a pack) a day.
"Every winter, as winds slow down and moisture in the air decreases across India, air pollution peaks leading to a spike in cases of respiratory diseases across the country."
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Air pollution in most cities of Karnataka is beyond the permissible limit, reveals the Greenpeace India's recent report.
State governments are not providing any extra allowances or health facilities to the traffic police personnel who are facing reduced life expectancy and other respiratory ailments due to vehicular pollution.