Hard breathing is a rampant cause to many health problems.

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"On climate change and pollution, we often don't fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen." -Kofi Annan

Hard breathing is a rampant cause to many health problems as we inhale pollutant infused air. The air in our cities is so bad that the citizens are suffering everyday. But is it fair to our nation? Don't we have the right to breath fresh air in the cities which are congested, full of vehicles and industries?

Air pollution in India is a quite serious issue with the major sources being fuelwood and biomass burning, factory pollutants, fuel adulteration, vehicle emission and traffic congestion. Most Indian cities greatly exceed acceptable levels of suspended particulate matter. Most Indian cities continue to violate India's and world air quality PM10 targets.

Facts about Air Pollution in India
India is the seventh most environmentally unsafe country in the world.

Most of the industries do not stick to the environmental guidelines, regulations and laws.

Pollution caused by burning fuelwood and biomass is one of the main causes of the Asian brown cloud. This cloud delays the monsoon in India.

Many auto rickshaws and taxis in India use adulterated fuel. This is done to lower down the price but it is the environment and ultimately we who have to pay the price back. Some of the adulterants are actually very harmful to the environment as these emit unsafe pollutants which further deteriorate the quality of air.

 

There are more than 40 different types of dangerous pollutants in the engine exhaust (diesel and gas). 70% of the air pollution is caused by vehicles.

Burning of fossil fuel such as coal and diesel has reduced the growth of rice harvest in India. India is the third largest producer of coal in the world and at the top as far as Co2 emittance is considered.

 

Causes:

Fuel adulteration
Some Indian taxis and auto-rickshaws run on adulterated fuel blends. Adulteration of gasoline and diesel with lower-priced fuels is common in India.Some adulterants increase emissions of harmful pollutants from vehicles, worsening urban air pollution.


Traffic congestion is severe in India's cities and towns. Traffic congestion is caused for several reasons, some of which are: increase in number of vehicles per kilometer of available road, a lack of intra-city divided-lane highways and intra-city expressways networks, lack of inter-city expressways, traffic accidents and chaos due to poor enforcement of traffic laws.

Health costs of Greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
Exposure to particulate matter for a long time can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer and heart attacks.

 

Making air better!!
(solutions)

Proverb ‘Prevention is better than cure’ appropriately suits to this condition. Pollution must be prevented rather than letting it go and then dealing with it.

Strict enforcement of rules.

Heavy fines on violators .

Making CNG mandatory mandatory.

use solar energy

Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.)

Public awareness should be raised and stringent measures should be taken to regulate the vehicular emission. We must use public transport wherever possible, use energy-efficient appliances.

Campaigns should be arranged to plant trees regularly!

There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it. We as citizens of India must be proactive to the cause and play a part to preserve our cities and it's air.

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