World Delhi Air Pollution Causes Flight Cancellations

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

Delhi Half Marathon To Be Run Despite Deadly Air Pollution In India

  Delhi Half Marathon To Be Run Despite Deadly Air Pollution In India The Delhi High Court has ruled that the Delhi Half Marathon will go on as scheduled for Nov. 19 despite the Indian capital being covered in thick brown smog due to toxic air pollution. Race organizers plan to have two medical camps, 100 nurses, 75 doctors and a local hospital available for those in need of attention during the race. Several parts of the course will be doused with water and various mist fans will be installed. The Indian Medical Association asked for the race to be postponed due to the air quality but the high court has ruled otherwise.

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.

Delhi smog car rota angers residents

  Delhi smog car rota angers residents Even as some welcomed the move, many took to Twitter to say the measure was too little and too late.Under the "odd-even" scheme, private cars with even and odd number plates will only be allowed on the roads on alternate days from 13 to 17 November.

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."

India is overtaking China as the biggest emitter of one of the most deadly air pollutants .
This week, air pollution forced some 4,000 schools to close in New Delhi, as India’s capital suffers through an air quality nightmare. Now, here’s more bad news on the pollution front: the country is passing China as the world’s biggest emitter of deadly man-made sulfur dioxide (SO2).According to a University of Maryland-led study published in Nature on Thursday (Nov. 9), China’s SO2 emissions have fallen 75% since 2007, while India’s emissions have increased 50% in the same period. That puts India on track to overtake China, the world’s largest SO2 emitter since 2005—if it hasn’t already.

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