The Smog in Delhi: Causes and Concerns
Source: Toxics Link, Date: November , 2012
With the onset of winter, each year,
like this one, the city was once again enveloped in smog. This dense air is
loaded with toxic particulate matter, chemicals and heavy metals. As the colder
air is unable to circulate and stays close to the ground, the pollutants become
trapped. On days when there is an absence of wind, the smog gathers and stays.
This year, as per recent data, the
levels of particulate matter have scaled new heights,
Crossing 1,000 microgram/m3 (Î¼g/m3) at
some locations against the standard
microgram/m3. Experts attribute the rise in smog to the massive increase in the
number of vehicles as well as other sources. It is in this light that Toxics
Link and India International Centre organized a public lecture on November 29,
2012 at IIC.
lecture seeked to discuss the increasing smog, its causes and repercussion on
health and environment. It also attempted to reflect if the city will ever have
breathable air, and what is needed for that to happen?
panelist included eminent speakers like Dr. M. P. George (Scientist-D, Delhi
Pollution Control Committee), Ms. Anumita Roy Choudhary (Executive
Director-Research & Advocacy, Centre for Science & Environment) and Dr.
S. K. Chhabra (Head of Department of Cardio respiratory Physiology Patel Chest
Institute).The session was moderated by Mr. Satish Sinha (Associate Director,