Air pollution kills 100,000 Indian children every year, study says

James Marshall
June 6, 2019

"These stories prove that air pollution is a preventable problem", he said.

With the air quality deteriorating in India each day, getting toxic every year, this song is a call to action for everyone to come together, and tackle the biggest killer, Air Pollution.

"On World Environment Day, I ask each of us to act so we can breathe more easily, from pressuring politicians and businesses to changing our own habits, we can reduce pollution and beat climate change".

The risk is higher for girls with 9.6 out of 10,000 girls dying before five as a result of the high levels of air pollution.

Dr Mani suggests the Environment Ministry should have stringent policies in place to help curb this air pollution.

As of last month India had 280,000 electric vehicles, a fraction of the target of 15-16 million by 2020.

CBS News' Palmer met some private companies trying to make changes for the better, but the CSE report labelled the government's progress in renewable energy, "dismal".

"In wind, the country met only 6.3 per cent of the target this year".

India also recorded a 56 percent rise in the number of industries creating hazardous waste between 2009 and 2016-17, while the number of grossly polluting industries soared 136 percent between 2011 and 2018.

He added that right to a healthy environment is fundamental to human wellbeing and is legally recognised by more than 150 countries at national and regional levels.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, along with a number of Union ministers and famous personalities, tweeted on World Environment Day.

"We have been brought up in a tradition, where nature is equal to God".

There is a paramount need to protect the environment at the moment, and this is what World Environment Day, which is celebrated every year on June 5, highlights.

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