An interesting session at Massive Earth Summit 2018, was when the hall discussed the root cause of choked Indian cities. The speakers were Helena Molin Valdes, Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition, UNEP, Lesley Onyon, WHO Regional Head, Southeast Asia and Mr J.S.Komyutra, ex-Director, Central Pollution Control Board, India.
The Session helped delegates understanding pollution, the truth and the myths.
India has 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM 2.5 concentrations. Several organizations that monitor air quality have expressed doubts on this report. What is the truth? And what is actually the reason behind Indian Capital city’s Air Pollution? Is it Paddy burning? Vehicular emissions? Or Dust?
Air quality Indexes all over the world have varying parameters, is it time to develop uniform Index?
Finally, do we really understand the problem? And how to solve it?