"Delhi Has Become A Gas Chamber" - Apocalyptic Smog Causes Health Concerns For Millions

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Residents of the heavily populated city of New Delhi, India have had to tie scarves across their faces in an effort to breathe more easily. 

The heavy smog in the city is entering day three, and a state of emergency could soon be declared to protect the health of the people who reside there.

Air quality readings in India’s capital have soared since Tuesday, with one monitor showing levels in the city were 969.

To put that in perspective, the World Health Organization considers anything above 25 to be unsafe. Those levels are based on the concentration of fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, per cubic meter. The microscopic particles, which are smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, are considered particularly harmful because they are small enough to lodge deep into the lungs and pass into other organs, causing serious health risks.

The wider Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) is a sprawling area that encompasses Delhi, as well as satellite districts in the neighboring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, and is home to some 46 million people  The area lacks effective public transportation and workers must drive their own cars to and from jobs in the city, which CNN says further exacerbates the problem.

According to CNN, The Delhi government is being urged to declare a city-wide health emergency, as residents endured a third straight day of heavy pollution. But apparently, this happens every year, according to one Twitter user, who blames the smog on crop burning.

Every year, farmers across fertile neighboring states set fire to their fields to clear them for the next season. Known as stubble burning, millions of tons of crop residue are set alight releasing untold amounts of particulate matter into the environment.

Politicians and government officials are also blaming farmers in neighboring northern Indian states who clear their fields by burning their crops. The landlocked capital sits in a natural bowl and is surrounded by industrial and agricultural hubs. Without the coastal breeze of cities such as Mumbai and Chennai, much of the pollution settles.

But crop burning is not the only problem India faces with regards to their pollution problem.  Delhi’s pollution also comes from industrial emissions, vehicle exhaust from cars, road dust, and the burning of biomass, said Santosh Harish, assistant director of research at EPIC India, a research institute based in the US and India.

A report by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur carried out in 2014 found that vehicle omissions accounted for 20% of Delhi’s annual PM2.5 levels and combating that pollution will be a difficult task because the number of cars on the city’s roads has continued to rise. According to government statistics, the total number of vehicles in Delhi exceeded 10 million for the first time in 2016.

Should New Delhi fail to reign in their pollution, the health of 46 million is on the line.


Billy the Poet Bes Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:30 Permalink

it's incredible how a lack of regulation leads to this type of situation Tell me why you support this.Pennsylvania environmental regulators have publicly admitted that regulations exist to protect industrial polluters at the expense of citizens. Lawmaker challenges Pennsylvania DEP's reporting of gas well water safetyThe Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection produces incomplete lab reports and uses them to dismiss complaints that Marcellus Shale gas development operations have contaminated residential water supplies and made people sick, according to court documents.In response, state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, Thursday called on state and federal agencies to investigate the DEP for "alleged misconduct and fraud" revealed by sworn depositions in a civil case currently in Washington County Common Pleas Court. "This is beyond outrageous," Mr. White said. "Anyone who relied on the DEP for the truth about whether their water has been impacted by drilling activities has apparently been intentionally deprived of critical health and safety information by their own government."The DEP responded in an email, noting its water testing lab received a "glowing" peer review last year from the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and saying, "Jesse White is ideologically opposed to responsible drilling regulations which is evidenced by, among other things, his vote against Act 13," a state law that regulates Marcellus Shale drilling and gas production.http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2012/11/02/Lawmaker-challenges-P…  

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booboo Bes Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

You mean regulators like the SEC, Just Us Department, or EPA? You do realize that 90% of what ills the world is heavily "regulated". Regulations and their enforcers are put in place at the behest of the oligarchs in order to limit ther weaker competitors ability to take a greater market share. I bet you also think that this is a natural part of capitalism yet it is more reflective of socialism and it's big brother communism where the term "Russian Oligarch" was an function of their system.

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any_mouse Bes Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:48 Permalink

Or more likely, corrupt bureaucrats, who for the right price will okay a project or issue a positive report.

Then lie to the people until the air is unbreathable. Then come up with a bigger lie.

Honda makes small displacement motorcycles that have to have catalytic converters for sale in Western nations with stricter laws and regulations. In the rest of the world they sell many times more of these without cats.

If with the cat the model won't be at a attractive price point, then they make the model for sale in the rest of the world, but not for sale in EU-US.

Just like a cost analysis for a recall decision.

I imagine Honda proudly virtue signals its corporate commitment to the environment.

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Korprit_Phlunkie Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:38 Permalink

Send them demon rats from California to start smog restiction regulation programs.  Hire lots of govt workers to run it and they retire when they are 50 with a bigger pension than when they worked. Destroy the country from the inside. Demon rats know how to do it. If you want it done faster hire govt workers from Venezuela.

Endgame Napoleon Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:38 Permalink

Unless it happens throughout the year, not just at a seasonal time in the farming cycle, it does not seem like a major environmental problem. It looks bad in that photo, though.

itstippy Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:49 Permalink

Living in that shithole of teeming masses would be an unending nightmare to begin with.  Now they can't even breathe the air.  What a horrible existence.  No wonder they pray constantly, hoping for something better next time around.Solitary confinement for life in Sing Sing or a lifetime of poverty in New Delhi - which would you choose?

buttmint Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:54 Permalink

...India embraces CHAOS! They always have and always will. USA embraces COMFORT. As a chick would say to brush anyone of us off "...you're violating my comfort zone!"Different strokes for different folks. Thailand, for instance, embraces ORDER. Much latitude in Thailand, the name itself means "Land of the Free."But act too outta line and you WILL get whacked. Thailand has an internal order, as does China and VietNam. Cambodia embraces HORROR. Yes, as in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." India? Forgetaboutit! CHAOS is their mantra, they love it! How else could you explain 3-12 Indians being killed or sent to the hospital while boarding a bus that seats 68.Yet they only sold 51 seats---understand better now?