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Why We Shouldn't Breathe Easy Over India's Rising Asthma Burden

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airway that affects approximately 30 million people in India. The prevalence of asthma in Indian children has continued to increase over the last decade. Despite this significant burden, asthma is frequently not taken seriously because it is considered to not be fatal. This, however, is a misconception. According to estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO), of the 300 million people who suffered from asthma in the year 2005, nearly 25,000 lost their lives due to the condition.

Evening The Odds: Let's Drive Less, Let's Drive Smart

I am ashamed to confess that I have played my part in encouraging the sarcastic jibes and oh-so-funny memes that followed the Arvind Kejriwal government's decision to control vehicular pollution by enforcing a rule in which vehicles with odd and even numbers must ply on alternate days. However, soon, the wisdom and truth of George Carlin's statement, "The planet is fine. The people are f****d," dawned on me.

Podcast: In the Hunt for Air That We Can Breathe

Consider this - the WHO says that "no threshold [of small particulate concentration] has been identified below which no damage to health is observed" and so, they've instead stated a guideline that aims to achieve the lowest possible PM concentration - this is 10 micrograms per cubic metre for PM 2.5. Delhi's is 15 times that much!

Poor Planning Could Bring Odd-Even Rule To Nought

While citizens need to cooperate with the government to tackle air pollution, this particular move is riddled with loopholes. The Delhi Government seriously needs to recheck every point and most importantly, build infrastructure which would help us as well as the government to stick to their decision for a long time. The citizens are sceptical about how well the current "solution" will work.