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Data by researchers from University of Chicago stated India’s air pollution level reduced to 63.0 micrograms per cubic metre in 2018 from 71.7 micrograms per cubic metre in 2016.
The UN Secretary-General's policy brief also pointed out that several new scientific studies suggest that poor air quality is correlated with higher Covid-19 mortality rates.
Authors of study accept they could not conclusively establish causation or state that more severe Covid-19 cases are a result of worsening air pollution.
Famed urban planner Jane Jacobs once lamented that we are building cities for cars rather than people. Covid provides India a chance to reverse this trend.
Researchers have found that a large number of Covid-19 cases that result in death are found in areas with high levels of air pollution.
Both extreme heat and air pollution have severe negative effects on the human body — from asthma to heart disease. But we are staring at a dirty, hot future.
Indian climate and health experts say high pollution levels impact the immunity of people, making them more susceptible to Covid-19. This echoes a similar finding in a Harvard study.
The Mayor said he’ll seek to raise green taxes & promote car-free transportation to prevent polluting vehicles taking over the city as people return to work.
2019 World Air Quality Report published in February said India was home to 14 of world's 20 most polluted cities. Number down to just two as on 7 April.
Covid-19 patients in regions with a history of high air pollution are more likely to succumb to the disease, claims the new study by Harvard University.