Essay on Air Pollution On Delhi, India

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Air Pollution Issues in Delhi, India
Introduction
Ambient air pollution is one of the fastest growing environmental issues that faces cities across the globe. WHO (2014) reported that in 2012 approximately seven million people died as a result of air pollution exposure, this is one in eight of the total global deaths, meaning it is the world 's largest environmental health risk. It has been estimated that of those seven million deaths, 4.3 million were connected to indoor pollution whilst the remaining 3.7 million were due to outdoor pollution (WHO, 2014). High levels of pollution and long-term exposure to pollutants has been consistently associated with numerous health issues including respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer (Fleury-Bahi et al., 2013). Respiratory and lung diseases, such as asthma, have been linked to the poor air quality (Leikauf, 2002) and cardiovascular morbidity may increase with long-term exposure to atmospheric pollutants (Pope et al., 2004). Kondo (2014) has also highlighted the psychosocial stress such exposures can have upon individuals. The consequence air pollution has on the emergence and severity of diseases, and subsequently, mortality, raises the urgency for the problem to be addressed, both globally and on a local scale in the affected cities. In 2014 WHO published an 'Ambient air pollution in cities database ' from almost 1,600 cities between 2008 and 2013. The PM10 and PM2.5 (particles smaller than 10 and 2.5 microns…

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