Sim­i­lar­i­ties and so­lu­tions

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200 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tres (ap­prox­i­mate) from 20 to 27 Jan­uary 2014, as per the data with Cen­tre for Science and En­vi­ron­ment (CSE). Ac­cord­ing to Delhi was 183 in 2012, 225 in 2013, and 213 in 2014. These are in the ‘mod­er­ate’ to ‘poor’ range in In­dia but graded as ‘un­healthy’ as per the United States’ air qual­ity stan­dards.

So, if the ‘ mod­er­ate’ in In­dia is ‘ un­healthy’ in Amer­ica, what would ‘ un­healthy’ in In­dia mean there? Also, the larger ques­tion is: are lo­cal author­i­ties tak­ing any se­ri­ous mea­sures or have planned any­thing as yet to pre­vent these lev­els from reach­ing the ‘se­vere’ mark of­ten?

to en­cour­age a uni­form ap­proach to mea­sur­ing and re­port­ing on air pol­lu­tion, with the ob­jec­tive of help­ing in tac­ti­cal ‘im­ple­men­ta­tion’ of some mea­sures. These mea­sures are per­haps not yet planned and there­fore not de­clared. Maybe the author­i­ties are await­ing more data—or, could they be wait­ing for Del­hi­ites to fol­low the ex­am­ple of Bei­jingers and show up on the streets don­ning masks to pro­tect them­selves from pol­lu­tants and protest against in­ac­tion at the same time?

Lessons from Bei­jing: Some that Delhi Must Fol­low

The world has seen Bei­jing go­ing through a sim­i­lar cy­cle of air pol­lu­tion from the late 1990s un­til 2013. While the city claimed that it man­aged to con­trol the pol­lu­tion in 2011, some of the worst in­stances of air

Pol­lut­ing in­dus­tries

Bei­jing and Delhi moved pol­lut­ing in­dus­tries out­side the core city lim­its as a first re­sponse to their air­pol­lu­tion prob­lem. Bei­jing chose the fourth and later the sixth ring road as the limit within which pol­lut­ing in­dus­tries can­not op­er­ate. It also made con­certed ef­forts to elim­i­nate in-house coal burn­ing and ran cam­paigns to con­vince res­i­dents to change their do­mes­tic heat­ing sys­tems from coal to elec­tric ones. This is some­thing that Delhi can repli­cate in terms of rais­ing aware­ness about the harm of open-air fires and pro­mot­ing the use of more ef­fi­cient elec­tric-heat­ing sys­tems. Bei­jing made con­certed ef­forts to elim­i­nate in-house coal burn­ing and ran cam­paigns to con­vince res­i­dents to change their do­mes­tic heat­ing sys­tems from coal to elec­tric ones. This is some­thing that Delhi can repli­cate in terms of rais­ing aware­ness about the harm of open-air fires and pro­mot­ing the use of more ef­fi­cient elec­tric-heat­ing sys­tems.

Bei­jing banned the use of coal-fired ovens in the city’s kitchens. Will Delhi be able to do some­thing

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