India will set a new air quality index to help people understand air pollution
The Indian Minister of Environmental Protection said that India will set up a new air quality index to help people better understand air pollution and its impact on health. The new Air Quality Index will provide data on eight air pollutants and indicate their health impact in different colors.
In May 2014, the World Health Organization published a survey of 1,600 cities around the world. According to the report, the Indian capital, New Delhi, has an annual PM2.5 index of 153 μg/m3, ranking first in the world. Thirteen of the 20 cities with the worst global air quality are located in India. However, the Indian government has indicated that it does not accept the conclusions of the report.
According to British media reports, as part of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Clean India Mission’ initiative, the new Air Quality Index will provide the public with data on eight air pollutants, with different colors representing different health The extent of the impact.
Indian Environmental Minister Prakash Yawadkar said that the new air quality index uses ‘one color, one data and a single description’ to let ordinary residents understand the extent of air pollution.
Anumita Roy Chowdhury, director of the Air Pollution Project at the Environmental and Environmental Center of the Indian Environmental Protection Agency, said: ‘(Currently) people don’t know what these pollutants are, nor do they know when pollutants reach a certain critical point. What. The new index will help people better understand the state of air quality.’ Roy Chowdhury said India needs to take more action to control air pollution and prepare emergency plans.
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