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Air Pollution Facts

If you are wondering why the diseases like asthma, dysentery and diarrhea are common this these days, especially among children, perhaps it is time you knew how polluted the air around you is. These diseases are the impact of air pollution on health and children, being the most vulnerable, are the worst hit. This article tells you all about air pollution facts.

Air pollution can be defined as the addition of undesirable materials into the atmosphere either due to natural phenomena or due to human activity on earth that adversely affect the quality of air and hence affect the life on the Planet Earth. There are more air pollution facts coming up.

Of course, with all the activities that take place on the earth everyday as a part of our daily routine, no one expects the air to be absolutely clean. However, recent studies suggest that the pollution level in the air is more than the standard level and this is something we need to take serious note of.

Air pollution is not limited to big metros alone. The pollution level of the air that people of a comparatively smaller city and the Capital City of Bihar -Patna breathe has reached alarmingly high level and is dangerous for one’s health, says a recent report. The report was prepared by a team from the Patna Medical College and Hospital and the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) after examining 1,400 people here. The way things are going, situations could get worse, says the report.

Another report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)- New Delhi had recently revealed that the level of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) and the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) in the air in Patna was much more than is normal as per the CPCB. The RSPM level has reached a critical level in about 41 cities in India, including Patna. Similarly, there are 29 cities in the country that have a critical SPM level along with Patna.

In Patna, the SPM and RSPM level have been increasing since the past 6-7 years, says the report. The vehicular traffic contributes about 70 per cent to the traffic pollution here, said the authorities in a report published in one of the leading English dailies here.

These are reports after the monitoring units have studied the air pollution level only at two places in Patna and things could be worse at others where the traffic and urbanization level is even more intense.

There are plans to set up three more monitoring units here with the central government taking charge of the 50 per cent of the cost.

Environmentalists point out that main causes for degradation in the quality of air are the ever-increasing traffic, urbanization and the development of infrastructures like roads and buildings because of which the green cover of cities too is being compromised on.

We need immediate measures to curb this and the government should cautiously switch to alternate fuel such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and provide a better public transport system, along with taking another measures. These were all the air pollution facts.

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