It is ironic that performing United Nations Climate Change ConferenceCOP26 is a better-known acronym in Glasgow. They woke up in toxic fog because of pollution in India. Local celebrations are when people light up lots of fireworks. This is exactly what happens here every September 15th.
India wakes up in the fog because of pollution
According to data from our friends EFEA large amount of India was woken by a poisonous fog on Friday, 5 November. Diwali, which is more or less like Christmas in Hindu culture, is marked by fireworks displays.
This smog is actually a good thing.Despite the fact that the Indian authorities have banned the sale and purchase of fireworks because of pollution, they still record very high levels.To give you an example, New Delhi measured the concentrations of PM 10 and 2.5 particles this morning. This is several times more than what the World Health Organization considers toxic.
At the same time, in the south of the city, the values of PM 10 and PM 2.5 are only three digits in meters. Fast asleep, reached a peak level of 999 particles/cm…While the fireworks were still going off in the Indian capital.
Even though the particle concentration drops at 7:00 am in the morning New Delhi’s values continue to be higher than those deemed unhealthyThe same is true in other parts of northern India, where the air quality is “very poor” or “dangerous”.
Additional COVID-19 cases could also be reported.
India has been impacted by pollution, but local authorities are concerned that the increased concentrations of harmful particles in air could exacerbate COVID-19’s impact. Despite the fact that the country has a lower number of people than it was before the pandemic, Diwali celebrations may increase the risk of infection from family gatherings..
The news agency reported that several studies have found a link between air pollution and the higher death rate for COVID-19. The Harvard University research by Rachel C. Nethery, and Xiao Wu, is an example. Coronavirus mortality is linked to long-term PM 2.5 exposure.
A study by IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, also showed that this year’s results were consistent with previous years. This shows that India is home to 22 out of 30 polluted cities worldwide..
* Information from EFE