Air Pollution – It’s a public health emergency, new approach needed: Bhargav Krishna

The approaching winter brings with it renewed discussion on the harmful effects of air pollution at dinner tables and in television studios. It also brings with it a spate of new reports on the health impacts of air pollution. The most recent of them, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, said India saw the highest number of premature deaths due to pollution in the world in 2015. Almost as if on cue, a series of rebuttals are published each year, with the government challenging the validity of these estimates and the data. Regardless of the decimal point accuracy of the data, however, it is irrefutable that addressing exposure to air pollution is imperative to improving the health of Indians.

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