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Surge in coronavirus cases, a reminder of the adverse impacts of air pollution on our health

Barely weeks after a fire at Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill took firemen nearly 36 hours to control, a fire broke out at the city’s Bhalswa landfill a few days back. Amid concerns of rising Coronavirus cases in the backdrop of Delhi’s poor air quality, air quality levels in parts of the city dipped to ‘severe’ levels […]

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Delhi’s abysmal air before Diwali

Diwali is almost here and air quality in Delhi has remained ‘severe’ for the seventh consecutive day. On the morning of 11th November, AQI levels touched an unprecedented 724 – conditions which make it extremely dangerous for our health.  According to Air Quality standards, PM 2.5 concentration should be less than 60 micrograms per cubic […]

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In New Delhi, winters are here and there’s smog on the horizon

As lockdown measures continue to be eased, air pollution levels in Delhi have risen once again. The Air Quality Index (AQI) has slipped into the ‘very poor’ category in parts of Delhi and the NCR region. During the prolonged lockdown that started on March 25th in wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Delhi witnessed a dramatic […]

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Delhi's Biomedical Waste Crisis

The pandemic has led to a surge in the generation of biomedical waste, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) having reported a 13-times jump between April (25 tonnes) and June (333 tonnes) alone. Biomedical waste (BMW) is that which is generated during the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The output remains shockingly high, […]

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Abhiir Bhalla

Abhiir is a youth environmentalist and sustainability consultant. Presently a Sophomore at Ashoka University, he is pursuing a degree in Political Science and International Relations. Working in the field of environmental conservation and protection since over 7 years, some of Abhiir's key projects have included working at the International and National level with organisations such as the UN Environment Programme, Delhi Metro Railway Corporation, WWF and CSE. Currently the Director - Operations and Community Engagement at Care for Air India, he has a keen interest and experience in environmental issues pertaining to air pollution and waste segregation.