CHOKING OUR CHILDREN
In the run-up to Diwali, pollution in Delhi becomes an annual horror story, given exhaustive, indignant news coverage. Still, little is done about the poisonous smog that hangs so menacingly over the city. Would more be done if we accepted that pollution is a national problem, if we took on board the WHO’s repeated warnings, including in a report out on October 29 that hundreds of thousands of children are dying, and more in India than anywhere else? Shockingly, indoor pollution kills more children under five years of age than the outdoor variety. And research links pollution not just to respiratory illnesses but everything from leukaemia and retinal cancer to obesity and ear infections, and even attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder. This is not scaremongering, just plain, scientifically determined fact.