Smog is increasing air pollution in India India's air pollution has been making headlines for years, with attention focused on Delhi, the capital, once named the most polluted city in the world by the World Health Organization. Delhi tests water cannons to combat deadly air pollution "Air pollution is a national, pan-India problem. It's not limited to urban centers and megacities, and it disproportionately affects rural Indians more than urban Indians," said Chandra Venkataraman, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, who was a member of the working group that conducted the study.
This mix is patted down into disc-shaped cakes, dried, and then used as fuel in stoves. When it burns, it produces smoke and numerous indoor air pollutants at concentrations 5 times higher than coal. A rural stove using biomass cakes, fuelwood and trash as cooking fuel.
Surveys suggest over million households in India use such stoves chullahs every day, 2—3 times a day. Clean burning fuels and electricity are unavailable in rural parts and small towns of India because of poor rural highways and limited energy generation infrastructure.
Fuelwood and biomass burning is the primary reason for near-permanent haze and smoke observed above rural and urban India, and in satellite pictures of the country. Fuelwood and biomass cakes are used for cooking and general heating needs.
These are burnt in cook stoves known as chullah or chulha piece in some parts of India. These cook stoves are present in over million Indian households, and are used two to three times a day, daily.
As ofmajority of Indians still use traditional fuels such as dried cow dung, agricultural waste, and firewood as cooking fuel. This form of fuel is inefficient source of energy, its burning releases high levels of smoke, PM10 particulate matter, NOxSOxPAHspolyaromatics, formaldehydecarbon monoxide and other air pollutants.
Burning of biomass and firewood will not stop unless electricity or clean burning fuel and combustion technologies become reliably available and widely adopted in rural and urban India. India is the world's largest consumer of fuelwood, agricultural waste and biomass for energy purposes.
From the most recent available nationwide study, India used India's national average annual per capita consumption of fuel wood, agri water and biomass cakes was kilogram coal equivalent. The study found that the households consumed around 95 million tonnes of fuelwood, one-third of which was logs and the rest was twigs.
Twigs were mostly consumed in the villages, and logs were more popular in cities of India. To place this volume of emission in context, the Environmental Protection Agency EPA of the United States estimates that fire wood smoke contributes overtonnes of fine particles throughout the United States — mostly during the winter months.
United States consumes about one-tenth of fuelwood consumed by India, and mostly for fireplace and home heating purposes. EPA estimates that residential wood combustion in the USA accounts for 44 percent of total organic matter emissions and 62 percent of the PAHwhich are probable human carcinogens and are of great concern to EPA.
The fuel wood sourced residential wood smoke makes up over 50 percent of the wintertime particle pollution problem in California. India has less land area and less emission air space than the United States. In summary, the impact on indoor and outdoor air pollution by fuelwood and biomass cake burning is far worse in India.Feb 15, · Already, an estimated million people die annually in India, about one-sixth of all Indian deaths, as a result of both outdoor and the indoor air pollution, a problem caused in part by the.
The Indian government has declared severe levels of toxic air pollution in Delhi an “emergency situation” as administrators announce a plan to temporarily of which India has the highest.
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On the ground, visibility is down to. India is once again heading into the worst time of year for air pollution, a season where the country’s notoriously poor quality becomes even more toxic. Soot, dust, ozone, and sulfur oxides are. Air pollution, poor management of waste, growing water scarcity, falling groundwater tables, water pollution, preservation and quality of forests, biodiversity loss, and land/soil degradation are some of the major environmental issues India faces today.
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