World Delhi Air Pollution Causes Flight Cancellations

01:21  12 november  2017
01:21  12 november  2017 Source:   Newsweek

Delhi, Blanketed in Toxic Haze, ‘Has Become a Gas Chamber’

  Delhi, Blanketed in Toxic Haze, ‘Has Become a Gas Chamber’ Prolonged exposure to the air in the Indian capital is equivalent to smoking more than two packs of cigarettes a day, experts say.NEW DELHI — The toxic haze blanketing New Delhi was so severe on Tuesday that politicians announced plans to close schools, flights were delayed and the chief minister of Delhi state said the city had “become a gas chamber.

The pollution forced the city to close the highways and caused delays and cancellations for dozens of flights , Xinhua said. Off-the-charts air pollution chokes many places in #Hebei province, w/ PM2.5 levels exceeding 1,000 in its capital city of #Shijiazhuang,” the People’s Daily tweeted.

While Delhi is the only city on United’s travel advisory list, air pollution has reached epic levels throughout the region. Air pollution is a growing concern with major travel destinations around the world. In January, smog in London also caused flight delays and cancellations and London Mayor

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New Delhi’s air pollution has reached levels so toxic that United Airlines is canceling flights to the Indian city until it improves.

Flights between Newark, New Jersey and New Delhi are canceled until at least Monday, after evaluations found the air quality to be 75 times the World Health Organization’s safety levels. One Delhi official said that the pollution is so bad that the city has turned into a “gas chamber.”

United said the city’s air conditions were severe enough to be considered a natural disaster, and to be avoided like a hurricane or wildfire would be.

“United has temporarily suspended our Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and currently has waiver policies in place for customers who are traveling to, from or through Delhi,” said the company in a statement.

"Gas chamber" Delhi 10 times more polluted than Beijing

  <p>A thick cloud of smog has overwhelmed the Indian capital over the past few days, prompting officials to shut down more than 6,000 schools for nearly a week.</p>DELHI -- A thick cloud of smog has overwhelmed the Indian capital over the past few days, prompting officials to shut down more than 6,000 schools for nearly a week.

Figure 9.5 highlights the increasing share of vehicular pollution in Delhi . Pollution by both industrial and domestic sources is decreasing. Map in Figure 9.6 shows the number of vehicles and air pollution caused by them in 12 major cities of India.

Secondary pollutants are the ones that are caused by the inter mingling and reactions of primary pollutants . Smog created by the interactions of several primary pollutants is known to be as secondary pollutant . Causes of Air pollution .

“We are monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency, and are coordinating with respective government agencies.”

Passengers will be given vouchers to switch flights, or given assistance in flying with a different airline.

Delhi’s air quality has worsened drastically in recent weeks in part due to dropping temperatures. Pollutants get trapped near the ground, condensing the particles into a thick smog rather than allowing them to disperse into the atmosphere. Farms in nearby towns have also contributed to the pollution problem, as farmers illegally burn crop residue to clear fields, reports NDTV.

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Delhi’s air consistently ranks among the worst in the world. Vehicle and industrial emissions make the air quality dangerous to lung and heart health—a 2015 study found that half of Delhi's 4.4 million schoolchildren have diminished lung capacity.

The recent downturn has made the air even more of a risk. In the last week, Delhi’s air was 10 times worse than the infamously polluted Beijing air. More than 6,000 schools have been closed, construction plans are on hold and driving is restricted until levels go lower.

"The situation as it exists today is the worst that I have seen in my 35 years staying in the city of Delhi," Arvind Kumar, a lung surgeon at a local hospital, told NDTV. "As a doctor, I have no problem saying that the situation today is a public health emergency. If you want to protect people, we should be ordering the evacuation of Delhi. Closing down all schools. Closing down all offices."

New Delhi's polluted air doesn't deter distance runners .
This month in New Delhi, the air has been so acrid that people have suffered from burning eyes and rasping throats. So the notion that thousands would take to the city streets to gulp down lungful after lungful in a distance race may seem strange to many. But even as India's polluted air threatens health, the nation seems to be embracing the idea of physical fitness.On Sunday, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon went ahead, despite the Indian Medical Association taking last-minute court action seeking to have it postponed.

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