The second British study, by the British Lung Foundation and Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC), found some of the country's biggest children's hospitals are situated in areas with high levels of pollution.
Over the past two days, the air in the national capital has already been "very poor" on the air quality index (AQI), with an average reading of 358 of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 at 9 a.m. according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The level of PM2.5, tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs, on Friday read 187, more than six times higher than the World Health Organization considers safe. It also recommended people to go for shorter walks instead of jogs, keeping windows closed and wearing masks while stepping outside. Delhi and Mumbai among World's Most Polluted: How Will Air Pollution Affect Our Mental and Physical Health? World leaders will come together at the first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health to discuss recent data that shows how people are negatively impacted by pollutants in the air and what they can do to improve air quality.
Besides stubble burning and vehicular pollution that are the primary contributors to Delhi's air pollution in winter, this year the situation has been worsened due to the massive fires at the Bhalswa landfill site.
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"On Thursday and Friday, more stubble was burnt in Punjab and Haryana due to which its contribution to PM2.5 pollution increased", the official said, adding that the impact of pollution by stubble burning on the national capital could be seen only a day after the stubble is burnt.
Farmers have been ignoring the government warnings of a penalty saying they can't afford to buy harvesting machines costing up to 50,000 rupees ($675) apiece. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 86 per cent.
Activist Saurabh Bhasin, one of the three advocates who brought the firecrackers case to the Indian Supreme Court, said the focus is now on finding ways to force implementation. It also said that only less polluting firecrackers could be manufactured and sold.
Authorities also are trying to lower the amount of dust in the air by sprinkling water in many neighborhoods and ordering builders to cover construction sites. The carbon-laden smoke from the region enters Delhi with the wind.