Cold Wave Starts To Grip Polluted Delhi

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The overall Air Quality Index of the national capital was docked at 351.

New Delhi:

The winters have finally started gripping the national capital. The temperature hovered around 13-degree Celsius on Thursday morning. The minimum temperature may drop further by evening but any significant change in temperature is ruled out for the next few days.

The weather experts believe the day will be engulfed with shallow fog and mist will also be seen during the morning hours. Light winds with the wind speed of 8 to 10 kilometers per hour will continue to blow from the west or west-north-west direction.

The chances are very minimal that the wind will pick up the pace, thus particulate matter will continue to be trapped in the air, increasing the level of pollution in the air.

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On Wednesday, Delhi witnessed the coldest morning of the season with the minimum temperature dipping to 8-degree Celsius, a notch below normal. The humidity level was recorded at 97 per cent

According to the state-run SAFAR, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the national capital docked at 351, which falls under the very poor category.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.

At Dhirpur, the AQI was 344 at 8:30 am, while in Mathura Road area the air quality dipped to 'hazardous' category at 415. Furthermore, AQI near Pitampura, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 291, 285 and 248 respectively.

According to the latest report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as one million lives in the world can be saved if all the countries reduce air pollution in accordance with the Paris Agreement by 2050. WHO presented this report at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice on December 5 this year.

"The Paris Agreement is potentially the strongest health agreement of this century," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

"The evidence is clear that climate change is already having a serious impact on human lives and health. It threatens the basic elements we all need for good health-clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food supply, and safe shelter-and will undermine decades of progress in global health. We can't afford to delay action any further," the report reads.

"When health is taken into account, climate change mitigation is an opportunity, not a cost," added Maria Neira, WHO Director of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.

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